Proverbs 15:32
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New International Version
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

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

Darby Bible Translation
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul; but he that heareth reproof getteth sense.

World English Bible
He who refuses correction despises his own soul, but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is refusing instruction is despising his soul, And whoso is hearing reproof Is getting understanding.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Despiseth his own soul - That is constructively; for if the instruction lead to the preservation of life and soul, he that neglects or despises it throws all as much in the way of danger as if he actually hated himself.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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...


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.

God, the All-Seeing One
A sermon (No. 177) delivered on Sabbath morning, February 14, 1858 At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens by C. H. Spurgeon. "Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?" -- Proverbs 15:11. You have often smiled at the ignorance of heathens who bow themselves before gods of wood and stone. You have quoted the words of Scripture and you have said, "Eyes have they, but they see not; ears have they, but they hear not." You have therefore argued that
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

How the Humble and the Haughty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 18.) Differently to be admonished are the humble and the haughty. To the former it is to be insinuated how true is that excellence which they hold in hoping for it; to the latter it is to be intimated how that temporal glory is as nothing which even when embracing it they hold not. Let the humble hear how eternal are the things that they long for, how transitory the things which they despise; let the haughty hear how transitory are the things they court, how eternal the things they
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

An Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis, and Part of the Eleventh
An unfinished commentary on the Bible, found among the author's papers after his death, in his own handwriting; and published in 1691, by Charles Doe, in a folio volume of the works of John Bunyan. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR Being in company with an enlightened society of Protestant dissenters of the Baptist denomination, I observed to a doctor of divinity, who was advancing towards his seventieth year, that my time had been delightfully engaged with John Bunyan's commentary on Genesis. "What,"
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

In the reign of David and Solomon, Israel became strong among the nations and had many opportunities to wield a mighty influence in behalf of truth and the right. The name of Jehovah was exalted and held in honor, and the purpose for which the Israelites had been established in the Land of Promise bade fair of meeting with fulfillment. Barriers were broken down, and seekers after truth from the lands of the heathen were not turned away unsatisfied. Conversions took place, and the church of God on
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

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

Proverbs 8:33
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.

Proverbs 8:36
But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."

Proverbs 13:18
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool spurns a parent's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

Proverbs 15:31
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.

Proverbs 15:33
Wisdom's instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.

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