Proverbs 22:15

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

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Proverbs 22:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
ESV
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
NLT
15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.
MSG
15 Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.
CSB
15 Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him.

Proverbs 22:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 22:15

Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child
That is, sin, the greatest of all folly; this is naturally in the heart of man; it is in the heart of a child, it is in him from his infancy; it is bound in his heart, it is rooted and riveted in him, being conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity; it is what cleaves close to him, and he has a strong affection for and desire after: the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth, ( Genesis 8:21 ) ; so that he is not easily brought off of sin, or becomes wise; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him;
the rod used by parents, for the correction of sin and folly, is a means of making children wise, and of restraining the folly that is bound up in them; and of reclaiming them from those sinful ways, which the folly of their hearts leads them to, and so in some measure of driving it far from them.

Proverbs 22:15 In-Context

13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD’s wrath falls into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 13:24; Proverbs 23:14; S Proverbs 20:30
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