Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

A scoffer seeks wisdom, and [finds it] not, but knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.

New American Standard Bible

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

King James Version

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Holman Bible

A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it,
but knowledge comes easily to the perceptive.

International Standard Version

A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but learning comes easily to someone who understands.

American Standard Version

A scoffer seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not; But knowledge is easy unto him that hath understanding.

Amplified


A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none [for his ears are closed to wisdom],
But knowledge is easy for one who understands [because he is willing to learn].

Bible in Basic English

The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.

Darby Translation

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and there is none for him; but knowledge is easy unto the intelligent.

Julia Smith Translation

He mocking sought wisdom, and none: and knowledge being easy to him understanding.

King James 2000

A scoffer seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understands.

Lexham Expanded Bible

A scoffer seeks wisdom, but there is none, but knowledge {comes easily to him who understands}.

Modern King James verseion

A scorner seeks wisdom, and it is not found, but knowledge is easy to him who understands.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A scornful body seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not; but knowledge is easy to come by, unto him that will understand.

NET Bible

The scorner seeks wisdom but finds none, but understanding is easy for a discerning person.

New Heart English Bible

A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn't find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.

The Emphasized Bible

A scoffer seeketh wisdom, and there is none, but, knowledge, to the discerning, is easy.

Webster

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy to him that understandeth.

World English Bible

A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn't find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.

Youngs Literal Translation

A scorner hath sought wisdom, and it is not, And knowledge to the intelligent is easy.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

and findeth it not but knowledge
דּעת 
Da`ath 
Usage: 91

is easy
קלל 
Qalal 
Usage: 82

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

5 A faithful witness will not lie, but a FALSE witness utters lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and [finds it] not, but knowledge is easy to him who has understanding. 7 Go into the presence of a foolish man, and thou shall not perceive the lips of knowledge.



Cross References

Proverbs 8:9

They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.

Proverbs 17:24

Wisdom is before the face of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Psalm 119:18

Open thou my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Psalm 119:98-100

Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.

Proverbs 18:2

A fool has no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

Proverbs 26:12

See thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope for a fool than of him.

Isaiah 8:20

[Seek] to the law and to the testimony! If they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

Jeremiah 8:9

The wise men are put to shame. They are dismayed and taken. Lo, they have rejected the word of LORD, and what manner of wisdom is in them?

Matthew 6:22-23

The light of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye is sound, thy whole body will be bright.

Matthew 11:25-27

Jesus having responded at that time, said, I extol thee, O Father, Lord of the heaven and the earth, because thou hid these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to the childlike.

Matthew 13:11-12

And having answered, he said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens, but to those men it has not been given.

Romans 1:21-28

Because, although knowing God, they did not glorify him as God, nor were they thankful, but became vain in their reasonings and their heart was darkened without understanding.

Romans 9:31-32

But Israel who pursued a law of righteousness, did not arrive to a law of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 3:18-19

Let not one man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he may become wise.

1 Corinthians 8:2

If any man presumes to know anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

James 1:5

And if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask from God who gives to all generously and not reproaching, and it will be given to him.

2 Peter 3:3-5

Knowing this first, that there will come at the end of the days, scoffers, proceeding according to their own desires,

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