The heart of him that hath understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.” - Proverbs 15:14 (Cf. ver. 21; 18:15).
Just by way of introduction, I want to notice that here, as well as a number of other passages in Proverbs, Solomon is speaking in an editorial fashion. In many places it in a more 1st personal manner, as in a father to a son. But here he speaks in a manner suggestive almost of a sermonic discourse. The first 14 verses of chapter 15 have been in much the same fashion. Prior to that there was a lot of discourse in the same fashion that we find here, an editorial commentary on what is wise versus what is foolish, how the two character qualities show themselves, etc.
He has already developed his use of the mechanisms that he speaks of here prior to this in the book.
1. He speaks of the heart of the wise man with the implication that the heart of the fool is basic opposite to what he says. “Heart”, as he has said a number of times earlier, speaks of the fullness of man’s being, his mind, his will, his emotions, even the way his thinking processes conduct themselves.
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