Proverbs 12:15

15 1The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes
Whether it be the way of open profaneness, or self-righteousness, it appears to him to be the right way; it seems to him a very plain one, and he finds it pleasant; and, trusting to carnal sense, corrupt reason, and a false judgment, and having a high opinion of himself and his own knowledge, never asks after the right way, nor takes the advice of others; but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise;
that asks advice and takes it of such who are men of age and experience, men of longer standing, and are wiser than himself; who consults the word of God about the right way of walk, worship, and salvation, and makes the testimonies of God the men of his counsel, which are able to make him wise unto salvation; who hearkens to the counsel of Gospel ministers, and obeys it; and especially to Jesus Christ the wonderful Counsellor, and to the advice he gives, ( Revelation 3:18 ) ; and who not only hears his words, but does them; such an one is a wise man, ( Matthew 7:24 Matthew 7:25 ) .

Proverbs 12:15 In-Context

13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 3:7; Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 21:2; Proverbs 26:12; [Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25]
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