Proverbs 15:14

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
ESV
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
NLT
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
MSG
14 An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.
CSB
14 A discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

Proverbs 15:14 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 15:14

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge,
&c.] He that has in his heart an understanding of divine and spiritual things, of the Gospel and of the truths of it, will seek earnestly and diligently in the use of proper means after more knowledge; as he will desire to know more of Christ, his person, offices, and grace, he will follow on to know him, and not be content with the present degree of knowledge he has attained unto; he will hear and read the word, and pray and meditate, in order to come to a more perfect knowledge of the son of God, and of those things which relate to his spiritual peace and eternal welfare; but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness;
on foolish talking and jesting; on foolish and unlearned questions; on foolish and false doctrines; on foolish and hurtful lusts; on wind and ashes, a deceived heart having turned them aside: they take pleasure and satisfaction in those things; feed their fancy with them and feast upon them, which shows what fools they are; and such all unregenerate men be.

Proverbs 15:14 In-Context

12 Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORDthan great wealth with turmoil.

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