Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a [straight, slender] rod for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.

Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.


Some are fools [made ill] because of the way of their transgressions and are afflicted because of their iniquities.

Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

[But] like an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or chance passers-by.


Blows that wound cleanse away evil, and strokes [for correction] reach to the innermost parts.

Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.


The commandant ordered that Paul be brought into the barracks, and that he be examined by scourging in order that [the commandant] might learn why the people cried out thus against him.

Instantly those who were about to examine and flog him withdrew from him; and the commandant also was frightened, for he realized that [Paul] was a Roman citizen and he had put him in chains.

And if a man lies carnally with a woman who is a slave betrothed to a husband and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, they shall be punished [after investigation]; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free;



And the elders of that city shall take the man and rebuke and whip him.

Then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a certain number of stripes according to his offense. Forty stripes may be given him but not more, lest, if he should be beaten with many stripes, your brother should [be treated like a beast and] seem low and worthless to you.

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

I will therefore chastise Him and deliver Him amended (reformed, taught His lesson) and release Him.


Scoffers set a city afire [inflaming the minds of the people], but wise men turn away wrath.

Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.


Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem! Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (the place of the dead) we have an agreement -- "when the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter.

The plans of the foolish and the thought of foolishness are sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men.

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.

How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge?

The curse of the Lord is in and on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just and consistently righteous. Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low [in rank], the humble, and the afflicted.

A scorner has no love for one who rebukes him; neither will he go to the wise [for counsel].


Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or hoary-headed; He gave them all into his hand.

For the terrible one [the Assyrian enemy] shall come to nought, and the scoffer shall cease, and all those who watch for iniquity [as an occasion for accusation] shall be cut off -- "

Render to them a recompense, O Lord, according to the work of their hands. You will give them hardness and blindness of heart; Your curse will be upon them. You will pursue and afflict them in anger and destroy them from under Your heavens, O Lord.


Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.