Proverbs 18:2
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New International Version
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.

King James Bible
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Darby Bible Translation
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

World English Bible
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

Young's Literal Translation
A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering his heart.

Proverbs 18:2 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But that his heart may discover itself - It is a fact that most vain and foolish people are never satisfied in company, but in showing their own nonsense and emptiness. But this verse may be understood as confirming the view already given of the preceding, and may be translated thus: "But a fool doth not delight in understanding, though it should even manifest itself:" so I understand כי אם בהתגלות ki im behithgalloth. The separated person seeks understanding in every hidden thing, and feels his toil well repaid when he finds it, even after the most painful and expensive search: the other regards it not, though its secret springs should be laid open to him without toil or expense.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 1:7,22 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction...

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

Psalm 1:1,2 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners...

Matthew 8:34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they sought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.


Numbers 24:15,16 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said...

1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

2 Peter 2:15-19 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor...

Two Fortresses
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
A sermon (2494) intended for reading on Lord's Day, December 6th, 1896, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?"--Proverbs 18:14. Every man sooner or later has some kind of infirmity to bear. It may be that his constitution from the very first will be inclined to certain disease and pains, or possibly he may in passing through life suffer from accident
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
Rom. viii. 10.--"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin: but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law," saith our apostle, 1 Cor. xv. 56. These two concur to make man mortal, and these two are the bitter ingredients of death. Sin procured it, and the law appointed it, and God hath seen to the exact execution of that law in all ages; for what man liveth and shall not taste of death? Two only escaped the common
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Proverbs 12:23
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 13:16
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

Proverbs 18:3
When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.

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