Proverbs 15:20

20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Read Proverbs 15:20 Using Other Translations

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother.

What does Proverbs 15:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 15:20

A wise son maketh a glad father
(See Gill on Proverbs 10:1); but a foolish man despiseth his mother;
that bore him and brought him up, and perhaps was too indulgent to him; which aggravates his sin and her sorrow; (See Gill on Proverbs 10:1); or causes her to be despised by others, as Jarchi interprets it; such a man's sin, which is great folly, and shows him to be a foolish man, is highly resented by the Lord, and will be severely punished; see ( Proverbs 30:17 ) . The Targum is,

``a foolish son despises his mother;''
and so the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, which makes the antithesis more clear; and the Hebrew text designs one grown up to man's estate.
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