Proverbs 15:32
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English Standard Version
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

King James Bible
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

American Standard Version
He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul; But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that rejecteth instruction, despiseth his own soul: but he that yieldeth to reproof possesseth understanding.

English Revised Version
He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul: but he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Proverbs 15:32 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

26 An abomination to Jahve are evil thoughts;

     But gracious words are to Him pure.

Not personally (Luther: the plans of the wicked) but neutrally is רע here meant as at Proverbs 2:14, and in אושׁת רע, Proverbs 6:24 (cf. Pers. merdi nı̂ku, man of good equals good man), vid., Friedr. Philippi's Status Constr. p. 121. Thoughts which are of a bad kind and of a bad tendency, particularly (what the parallel member brings near) of a bad disposition and design against others, are an abomination to God; but, on the contrary, pure, viz., in His eyes, which cannot look upon iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13), are the אמרי־נעם, words of compassion and of friendship toward men, which are (after 26a) the expression of such thoughts, thus sincere, benevolent words, the influence of which on the soul and body of him to whom they refer is described, Proverbs 16:24. The Syr., Targ., Symmachus, Theodotion, and the Venet. recognise in וּטהורים the pred., while, on the contrary, the lxx, Jerome, and Luther (who finally decided for the translation, "but the pure speak comfortably") regard it as subject. But that would be an attribution which exceeds the measure of possibility, and for which אמרים or דברי must be used; also the parallelism requires that טהורים correspond with 'תועבת ה. Hence also the reference of וטהורים to the judgment of God, which is determined after the motive of pure untainted law; that which proceeds from such, that and that only, is pure, pure in His sight, and thus also pure in itself.

Proverbs 15:32 Parallel Commentaries

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refuseth

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

Proverbs 5:11,12 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed...

Proverbs 8:33-36 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not...

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you...

instruction or correction

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Isaiah 1:5 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them...

Ezekiel 24:13,14 In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged you, and you were not purged...

heareth

Proverbs 5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me!

Deuteronomy 21:18,20 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that...

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock...

James 1:22 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

getteth understanding

Proverbs 15:14,21 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness...

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?

Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Cross References
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 8:33
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Proverbs 8:36
but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death."

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 15:31
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

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