Proverbs 17:24

24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Read Proverbs 17:24 Using Other Translations

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

What does Proverbs 17:24 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 17:24

Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding
Is near him, to direct and assist him; it is before him as a rule to walk by, and it is the mark he aims at. A man of spiritual understanding has the book of wisdom before him, the Scriptures of truth, which are able to make a man wise to salvation; and he steers his course according to them; he sets Christ, the Wisdom of God, always before him; and keeps his eye on the mark for the prize, all the while he is running his Christian race: or, "in the face of an understanding man is wisdom" {a}; it is to be seen in his countenance, which is grave and composed; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth;
where wisdom is not to be found, it is far off from him; his mind is wandering after every object, is unsettled and unfixed to anything; and which may be discerned in his eyes, which are rolling about and turning, first one way and then another; and which shows the levity and inconstancy of his mind.


FOOTNOTES:

F1 (hmkx Nybm ynp ta) "in facie prudentis (lucet) sapientia", V. L. so Vatablus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Piscator, Noldius, p. 140. No. 665. "in vultu intelligentis sapientia", Schultens
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