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Proverb 12: 15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

First things first; you need to see this verse in some other translations.

God’s Word: A stubborn fool considers his own way the right one, but a person who listens to advice is wise.

Living Bible: A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others.

Passion Translation: A fool is in love with his own opinion, but wisdom means being teachable.

Does this remind you of anyone? I remember someone said to me one time, “I wouldn’t have said it if it wasn’t right.” Wow! Can you say, “Fool!” Hopefully this person has grown since then and now appreciates how we are all learning and growing. Well, I hope we are learning and growing.

Does the different rendering of this verse make the meaning ultra-clear? Does it alarm you at all? It does me because I wonder if I think I have all the answers or whether I am willing to receive advice. I can tell you this, after reading this verse I am determined to listen more.

Bottom line – the wise person seeks counsel and listens to counsel. So, who wishes to be wise?

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