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Proverbs 15:21

Context
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Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, 1  but one who has understanding 2  follows an upright course. 3 

XREF

Job 28:28; Ps 111:10; Pr 10:23; Pr 11:12; Pr 14:9; Pr 14:16; Pr 26:18,19; Eph 5:15; Jas 3:13

NET © Notes

tn The Hebrew text reads לַחֲסַר־לֵב (lakhasar-lev, “to one who lacks heart”). The Hebrew term “heart” represents the mind, the place where proper decisions are made (cf. NIV “judgment”). The one who has not developed this ability to make proper choices finds great delight in folly.

tn Heb “a man of understanding” (so KJV, NIV); NLT “a sensible person.”

tn The Hebrew construction is יְיַשֶּׁר־לָכֶת (yÿyasher-lakhet, “makes straight [to] go”). This is a verbal hendiadys, in which the first verb, the Piel imperfect, becomes adverbial, and the second form, the infinitive construct of הָלַךְ, halakh, becomes the main verb: “goes straight ahead” (cf. NRSV).



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