Proverbs 15:22

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
ESV
22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
NLT
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
MSG
22 Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.
CSB
22 Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

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 ) .
FOOTNOTES:

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 man despises his mother.
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 16:7
  • 2. 1 Kings 1:12; Proverbs 24:6
  • 3. S Proverbs 11:14