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Proverbs 15:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding maketh straight his going.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Folly is joy to him that is void of sense; but a man of understanding regulateth his walk.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Folly, is joy to him that lacketh sense,—but, a man of understanding, taketh a straight course.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Folly is joy to one lacking heart, And a man of intelligence directeth [his] going.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his steps.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Folly [is] ioy to him that is destitute of wisedome: but a man of vnderstanding walketh vprightly.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The ways of a foolish man are void of sense; but a wise man proceeds on his way aright.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Folly 200
{0200} Prime
From the same as H0191; silliness.
[is] joy 8057
{8057} Prime
From H8056; blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival).
to [him that is] destitute 2638
{2638} Prime
From H2637; lacking; hence without.
of wisdom: 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
but a man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
of understanding 8394
{8394} Prime
The second and third forms being feminine; from H0995; intelligence; by implication an argument; by extension caprice.
walketh y3212
[3212] Standard
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
(1980) Complement
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
uprightly. 3474
{3474} Prime
A primitive root; to be straight or even; figuratively to be (causatively to make) right, pleasant, prosperous.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 15:21

_ _ walketh uprightly — and so finds his joy (Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 10:23).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 15:21

_ _ Note, 1. It is the character of a wicked man that he takes pleasure in sin; he has an appetite to the bait, and swallows it greedily, and has no dread of the hook, nor feels from it when he has swallowed it: Folly is joy to him; the folly of others is so, and his own much more. He sins, not only without regret, but with delight, not only repents not of it, but makes his boast of it. This is a certain sign of one that is graceless. 2. It is the character of a wise and good man that he makes conscience of his duty. A fool lives at large, walks at all adventures, by no rule, acts with no sincerity or steadiness; but a man of understanding, the eyes of whose understanding are enlightened by the Spirit (and those that have not a good understanding have no understanding), walks uprightly, lives a sober, orderly, regular life, and studies in every thing to conform himself to the will of God; and this is a constant pleasure and joy to him. But what foolishness remains in him, or proceeds from him at any time, is a grief to him, and he is ashamed of it. By these characters we may try ourselves.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 10:23 [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.
Proverbs 26:18-19 As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, ... So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

destitute of wisdom:
Heb. void of heart,
Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

a man:

Proverbs 14:16 A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
James 3:13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
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