Parallel Verses

King James Version

Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

New American Standard Bible

Though He scoffs at the scoffers,
Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.

Holman Bible

He mocks those who mock,
but gives grace to the humble.

International Standard Version

Though God scoffs at scoffers, he gives grace to the humble.

A Conservative Version

Surely {the Lord is opposed to the arrogant (LXX/NT)}, but he gives grace to the lowly.

American Standard Version

Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly.


Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners,
Yet He gives His grace [His undeserved favor] to the humble [those who give up self-importance].

Bible in Basic English

He makes sport of the men of pride, but he gives grace to the gentle-hearted.

Darby Translation

He indeed scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Julia Smith Translation

But he will deride to those deriding: and he will give grace to the humble.

King James 2000

Surely he scorns the scornful: but he gives grace unto the lowly.

Lexham Expanded Bible

With those who scorn, he is scornful, but to those who are humble, he gives favor.

Modern King James verseion

Surely He scorns the scorners; but He gives grace to the lowly.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

As for the scornful, he shall laugh them to scorn, but he shall give grace unto the lowly.

NET Bible

Although he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, yet he shows favor to the humble.

New Heart English Bible

Surely he is scornful to scoffers, but he gives grace to the humble.

The Emphasized Bible

Though at scoffers he scoffeth, yet, to the humbled, he granteth favour.


Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace to the lowly.

World English Bible

Surely he mocks the mockers, but he gives grace to the humble.

Youngs Literal Translation

If the scorners He doth scorn, Yet to the humble He doth give grace.


Root Form
but he giveth
Usage: 2011

Context Readings

Role Of Wisdom In Creation And Society

33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Cross References

James 4:6

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Psalm 138:6

Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

Proverbs 9:7-8

He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

Proverbs 9:12

If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Proverbs 19:29

Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Proverbs 21:24

Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Isaiah 57:15

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

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