Proverbs 15:5

ESV A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
NIV A fool spurns a parent's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
NASB A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who complies with rebuke is sensible.
CSB A fool despises his father's discipline, but a person who accepts correction is sensible.
NLT Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.
KJV A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

What does Proverbs 15:5 mean?

Solomon writes once again about the relationship of a son to his father's instruction (Proverbs 3:1; 4:1; 5:1; 7:1; 13:1). Those who take care to follow wisdom can avoid many harms (Proverbs 14:15–18).

Deuteronomy 6:4–9 conveys the Lord's command to parents to instruct their children in the Lord's commands. He tells them to instruct their children both at home and outside the home, in both formal and informal sessions. Foremost among these teachings is the command to love God "with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might" (Deuteronomy 6:5).

This same advice also applies to parents in the modern era. Ephesians 6:4 commands fathers to bring their children up under godly wisdom, and with careful words. In the same chapter, children are commanded to obey their parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1). Solomon notes that rejecting a wiser man's teaching is unwise; the sensible person listens to good advice. He accepts correction and alters his lifestyle accordingly (Proverbs 10:17).
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