Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on Proverbs 17:25 in English Standard Version "A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him." Pr 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Pr 17:21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. Pr 23:25 Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.