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Proverbs 18:2

    Proverbs 18:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A foolish man has no pleasure in good sense, but only to let what is in his heart come to light.

    Webster's Revision

    A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

    World English Bible

    A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 18:2

    But that his heart may discover itself - It is a fact that most vain and foolish people are never satisfied in company, but in showing their own nonsense and emptiness. But this verse may be understood as confirming the view already given of the preceding, and may be translated thus: "But a fool doth not delight in understanding, though it should even manifest itself:" so I understand כי אם בהתגלות ki im behithgalloth. The separated person seeks understanding in every hidden thing, and feels his toil well repaid when he finds it, even after the most painful and expensive search: the other regards it not, though its secret springs should be laid open to him without toil or expense.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 18:2

    Another form of egotism. In "understanding," i. e., self-knowledge, the "fool" finds no pleasure; but self-assertion, talking about himself and his own opinions, is his highest joy.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 18:2

    18:2 Understanding - In getting sound and saving, knowledge. The discovery - In uttering that folly and wickedness which is in his heart.