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Proverbs 12:15 | The Way of a Fool

A Verse Mapping Bible Study on Proverbs

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Week 33: Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Scripture Memory

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool iright in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel iwise. Proverbs 12:15

T__ w__ o_ a f___ i_ r____ i_ h__ o__ e___: b__ h_ t___ h_________ u___ c______ i_ w___. Proverbs 12:15

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15

Way | דֶּרֶךְ

dereḵ

Pronunciation: deh'-rek

Definition:

  • Road, way, path
  • Manner, habit

Translations:

  • Way 590x
  • Toward 31x
  • Journey 23x
  • Manner 8x

Fool | אֱוִיל

'ĕvîl

Pronunciation: ev-eel'

Definition:

  • foolish
  • of one who despises wisdom
  • of one who is quarrelsome
  • of one who mocks when guilty

Translations:

  • fool(s) 20x
  • foolish (man) 6x

Right | יָשָׁר

yāšār

Pronunciation: yaw-shawr'

Definition:

  • straight, level
  • right, pleasing, correct
  • just, fitting, proper
  • righteous, upright

Translations:

  • right 53x
  • upright 42x
  • righteous 9x

Hearkeneth | שָׁמַע

šāmaʿ

Pronunciation: shaw-mah'

Definition:

  • to hear with attention or interest
  • to consent, agree
  • to listen to, yield to
  • to obey, be obedient

Translations:

  • hear 785x
  • hearken 196x
  • obey 81x
  • understand 9x

Counsel | עֵצָה

ʿēṣâ

Pronunciation: ay-tsaw'

Definition:

  • Counsel, advice, purpose

Translations:

  • Counsel 79x
  • Purpose 2x
  • Advice 1x

Wise | חָכָם

ḥāḵām

Pronunciation: khaw-kawm'

Definition:

  • Skill (in technical work)
  • Wise (in administration)
  • Shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily
  • Prudent

Translations:

  • Wise 109x
  • Wise man 13x
  • Cunning 6x

Paraphrase

The [manner, habit] of a [one who despises wisdom] is [just, proper] in his own eyes: but he that [yields] unto [advice, purpose] is [prudent]. Proverbs 12:15

Bible Cross References

Proverbs 16:2

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

Proverbs 19:20

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Galations 6:3

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Reflections

About God

The only person who is right “in his own eyes” is Jesus. God is always right (righteous, just, correct).

About Self

If I am relying on my own counsel solely, I am probably not in the right. I need to make sure that my personal counsel matches the wisdom I receive from my Bible, prayer, and godly influences in my life.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Am I continuing to work in my foolishness, instead of relying on godly counsel from those friends and spiritual leaders who the Lord has placed in my life? What thing am I doing that I need to seek that counsel for?
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