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Proverbs 12:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth to counsel [is] wise.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The way of the foolish, is right in his own eyes, but, he that hearkeneth to counsel, is wise.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes, And whoso is hearkening to counsel [is] wise.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The way of a foole [is] right in his owne eyes: but he that hearkeneth vnto counsell, [is] wise.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The ways of fools are right in their own eyes; but a wise man hearkens to counsels.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The way 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of a fool 191
{0191} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be perverse); (figuratively) silly.
[is] right 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
in his own eyes: 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
but he that hearkeneth 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
unto counsel 6098
{6098} Prime
From H3289; advice; by implication plan; also prudence.
[is] wise. 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:15

_ _ The way ... eyes — The fool is self-conceited (compare Proverbs 12:1; Proverbs 1:32; Proverbs 10:17; James 3:17).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:15

_ _ See here, 1. What it is that keeps a fool from being wise: His way is right in his own eyes; he thinks he is in the right in every thing he does, and therefore asks no advice, because he does not apprehend he needs it; he is confident he knows the way, and cannot miss it, and therefore never enquires the way. The rule he goes by is to do that which is right in his own eyes, to walk in the way of his heart. Quicquid libet, licetHe makes his will his law. He is a fool that is governed by his eye, and not by his conscience. 2. What it is that keeps a wise man from being a fool; he is willing to be advised, desires to have counsel given him, and hearkens to counsel, being diffident of his own judgment and having a value for the direction of those that are wise and good. He is wise (it is a sign he is so, and he is likely to continue so) whose ear is always open to good advice.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 12:15

Hearkeneth — That distrusts his own judgments, and seeks counsel from others.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool [is] (g) right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth to counsel [is] wise.

(g) He stands in his own conceit, and condemns all others in respect to himself.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Proverbs 14:16 A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Proverbs 28:11 The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
Proverbs 30:12 [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.


Proverbs 1:5 A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Proverbs 9:9 Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better [is] a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
Jeremiah 38:15-28 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare [it] unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me? ... So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was [there] when Jerusalem was taken.
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Pv 1:5; 3:7; 9:9; 14:16; 16:2, 25; 19:20; 26:12, 16; 28:11; 30:12. Ec 4:13. Jr 38:15. Lk 18:11. Ga 6:3.

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