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Proverbs 15:5

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15:5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,

but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense. 1 

Proverbs 15:32

Context

15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself, 2 

but whoever hears 3  reproof acquires understanding. 4 

1 tn Heb “is prudent” (so KJV, NASB, NRSV); NCV, NLT “is wise.” Anyone who accepts correction or rebuke will become prudent in life.

2 sn To “despise oneself” means to reject oneself as if there was little value. The one who ignores discipline is not interested in improving himself.

3 tn Or “heeds” (so NAB, NIV); NASB “listens to.”

4 tn The Hebrew text reads קוֹנֶה לֵּב (qoneh lev), the participle of קָנָה (qanah, “to acquire; to possess”) with its object, “heart.” The word “heart” is frequently a metonymy of subject, meaning all the capacities of the human spirit and/or mind. Here it refers to the ability to make judgments or discernment.



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