Proverbs 15:22

22 Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.[a]

Proverbs 15:22 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 15:22

Without counsel purposes are disappointed
If a man determines and resolves upon a matter, and at once hastily and precipitately goes about it, without mature deliberation, without consulting with himself, and taking the advice of others in forming a scheme to bring about his designs, it generally comes to nothing; see ( Luke 14:28-32 ) ; or "without a secret" F19 without keeping one; if a man divulges his intentions, it is much if they are not frustrated; so the Targum,

``vain are the thoughts (or designs) where there is no secret;''
if a man makes no secret of what he designs to do, he is easily counterworked, and his purposes disappointed; but in the multitude of counsellors they are established;
his purposes are, as in ( Proverbs 20:18 ) ; having the advice of others, and these many, he is confirmed that he is right in what he has thought of and purposed to do; and therefore goes about it with the greater spirit and cheerfulness, and is most likely to succeed, and generally does; see ( Proverbs 11:14 ) .

F19 (dwo Nyab) "in non secreto", Montanus; "cum non sit secretum", Baynus; "quum nullum est arcanum", Schultens; "ubi non est secretum", Cocceius.

Proverbs 15:22 In-Context

20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish one despises his mother.
21 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a man with understanding walks a straight path.
22 Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A man takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word-how good that is!
24 For the discerning the path of life leads upward, so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Pr 8:14-16; 11:14; 24:6
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