Proverbs 22:15

“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Foolishnesse is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shal driue it farre from him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; `But' the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Foolish ways are deep-seated in the heart of a child, but the rod of punishment will send them far from him.
- Basic English Bible

Folly is bound in the heart of a child; the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- Darby Bible

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- Webster's Bible

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
- World English Bible

Folly is bound up in the heart of a youth, The rod of chastisement putteth it far from him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:15


22:15 Bound - Is fixed and settled there, as being born with him, and rooted in his very nature.


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Irene123
    Pro. 22:6 - The Bible does not say, "Offer a child a choice of lifestyle and he will choose the right path." We must build some principles into our children that will help them make the right choices. We must instruct them how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ that will keep them when all around them are against them. Everything for this is in the Bible.
  • Irene123
    To Mimi on v. 24 - This isn't specifically about marriage, but is applicable. It refers to one's friendships, whether man's or woman's. If you 'marry' a man or a man marries a woman, the same principle applies. To marry an 'angry type person, or a drinker of alcohol, or a slovenly person - is to court disaster.
  • Dennice Moses Dildy
    I brought my children up on that there'sThe word of God is the only thing that will keep us
  • BSP
    This verse shows the important responsibility that parents have to train their children in the way Jehovah God has outlined in His Word the Bible. When children grow older of course they still have free will to choose their own path, but providing proper training early will contribute greatly to them choosing the right path.
  • Mimi
    Could someone please explain verse 24 in the context of marriage? I have read the entire chapter of Proverbs 22 and I still don't understand what it is saying to a person who is married to the person in Proverbs 22:24? Thank you for your comments.







  • BSP
    We need to be clever in practical affairs or sharp witted in order to avoid calamity as verse 3 shows.

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