Parallel Verses

Amplified

Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.

New American Standard Bible

Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.

King James Version

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Holman Bible

Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson;
rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.

International Standard Version

If you scourge a scoffer, the simple person may learn to be discreet; rebuke a discerning man and he will gain understanding.

A Conservative Version

Smite a scoffer, and a simple man will learn prudence. And reprove him who has understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.

American Standard Version

Smite a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; And reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Bible in Basic English

When blows overtake the man of pride, the simple will get sense; say sharp words to the wise, and knowledge will be made clear to him.

Darby Translation

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove the intelligent, and he will understand knowledge.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Smite a scorner, and the simple will become prudent, and reproving one that has understanding, he will understand knowledge.

Julia Smith Translation

Thou shalt strike him mocking, and the simple will be crafty: and reprove to him understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

King James 2000

Smite a scoffer, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The scoffer you shall strike, and the simple, may they learn prudence, and reprove the intelligent [and] he will gain knowledge.

Modern King James verseion

Strike a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove one who has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

If thou smitest a scornful person, the ignorant shall take better heed; and if thou reprovest one that hath understanding, he will be the wiser.

NET Bible

Flog a scorner, and as a result the simpleton will learn prudence; correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge.

New Heart English Bible

Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

The Emphasized Bible

The scoffer, thou shalt smite, and, the simple, will beware, but correct a man of intelligence - he will understand teaching.

Webster

Smite a scorner and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

World English Bible

Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

Youngs Literal Translation

A scorner smite, and the simple acts prudently, And give reproof to the intelligent, He understandeth knowledge.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
נכה 
Nakah 
Usage: 501

and the simple
פּתאי פּתי פּתי 
P@thiy 
Usage: 19

will beware
ערם 
`aram 
Usage: 5

and reprove
יכח 
Yakach 
Usage: 59

and he will understand
בּין 
Biyn 
Usage: 169

Context Readings

A Foolish Son Brings Ruin To Others

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge. 26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.



Cross References

Proverbs 21:11

When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of [godly] Wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed.

Deuteronomy 13:11

And all Israel shall hear and [reverently] fear, and shall never again do any such wickedness as this among you.

Deuteronomy 21:21

Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall cleanse out the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear and [reverently] fear.

Proverbs 9:8-10

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 15:5

A fool despises his father's instruction and correction, but he who regards reproof acquires prudence.

Proverbs 17:10

A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool.

Revelation 3:19

Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].

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