Parallel Verses

Amplified

A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.

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.

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

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

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The scorner sought wisdom and found it not, but wisdom comes easy unto him that understands.

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 breathes out falsehoods. 6 A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands. 7 Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.



Cross References

Proverbs 8:9

They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].

Proverbs 17:24

A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.

Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.

Psalm 119:98-100

You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me.

Proverbs 18:2

A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

Proverbs 26:12

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes and conceit? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.

Isaiah 8:20

[Direct such people] to the teaching and to the testimony! If their teachings are not in accord with this word, it is surely because there is no dawn and no morning for them.

Jeremiah 8:9

The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken [captive]. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom and broad, full intelligence is in them?

Matthew 6:22-23

The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.

Matthew 11:25-27

At that time Jesus began to say, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [and I acknowledge openly and joyfully to Your honor], that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled].

Matthew 13:11-12

And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Romans 1:21-28

Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.

Romans 9:31-32

Whereas Israel, though ever in pursuit of a law [for the securing] of righteousness (right standing with God), actually did not succeed in fulfilling the Law.

1 Corinthians 3:18-19

Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise.

1 Corinthians 8:2

If anyone imagines that he has come to know and understand much [of divine things, without love], he does not yet perceive and recognize and understand as strongly and clearly, nor has he become as intimately acquainted with anything as he ought or as is necessary.

James 1:5

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

2 Peter 3:3-5

To begin with, you must know and understand this, that scoffers (mockers) will come in the last days with scoffing, [people who] walk after their own fleshly desires

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