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Proverbs 15:31

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life Shall abide among the wise.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The ear that heareth the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The ear that heareth the reproof which giveth life, in the midst of the wise, shall remain.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— An ear that is hearing the reproof of life Doth lodge among the wise.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the midst of the wise.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— The eare that hearkeneth to the correction of life, shall lodge among the wise.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The eare that heareth the reproofe of life, abideth among the wise.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [Absent from Manuscript]
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The ear 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
that heareth 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
the reproof 8433
{8433} Prime
From H3198; chastisement; figuratively (by words) correction, refutation, proof (even in defence).
of life 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
abideth 3885
{3885} Prime
A primitive root; to stop (usually over night); by implication to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (especially in words, to complain).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
among 7130
{7130} Prime
From H7126; properly the nearest part, that is, the centre, whether literally, figuratively or adverbially (especially with preposition).
the wise. 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 15:31-32

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 10:17).

_ _ reproof of life — which leads to life.

_ _ abideth ... wise — is numbered among them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 15:31

_ _ Note, 1. It is the character of a wise man that he is very willing to be reproved, and therefore chooses to converse with those that, both by their words and example, will show him what is amiss in him: The ear that can take the reproof will love the reprover. Faithful friendly reproofs are here called the reproofs of life, not only because they are to be given in a lively manner, and with a prudent zeal (and we must reprove by our lives as well as by our doctrine), but because, where they are well-taken, they are means of spiritual life, and lead to eternal life, and (as some think) to distinguish them from rebukes and reproaches for well-doing, which are rather reproofs of death, which we must not regard nor be influenced by. 2. Those that are so wise as to bear reproof well will hereby be made wiser (Proverbs 9:9), and come at length to be numbered among the wise men of the age, and will have both ability and authority to reprove and instruct others. Those that learn well, and obey well, are likely in time to teach well and rule well.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 15:31

The ear — The man that hearkens to that reproof which leads to life, seeks and delights in the company of the wise.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 15:31

The ear that heareth the (i) reproof of life abideth among the wise.

(i) That suffers himself to be admonished by God's word, which brings life: and so amends.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Proverbs 9:8-9 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. ... Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Proverbs 25:12 [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.


John 15:3-4 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. ... Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
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Pv 1:23; 9:8; 13:20; 15:5; 19:20; 25:12. Is 55:3. Jn 15:3. 1Jn 2:19.

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