Proverbs 1:22
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New International Version
"How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

New Living Translation
"How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?

English Standard Version
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

New American Standard Bible
"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

King James Bible
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?

International Standard Version
"You na�ve ones, how long will you love naivete? And how long will scoffers delight in scoffing or fools hate knowledge?"

NET Bible
"How long will you simpletons love naivete? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

New Heart English Bible
"How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, and fools hate knowledge?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How long, children, will you love childishness, and you mockers desire mockery, and you fools hate knowledge?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How long will you gullible people love being so gullible? How long will you mockers find joy in your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How long, ye thoughtless, will ye love thoughtlessness? And how long will scorners delight them in scorning, And fools hate knowledge?

New American Standard 1977
“How long, O naive ones, will you love simplicity?
            And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing,
            And fools hate knowledge?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and the fools hate knowledge?

King James 2000 Bible
How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?

American King James Version
How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

American Standard Version
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?

Douay-Rheims Bible
O children, how long will you love childishness, and fools covet those things which are hurtful to themselves, and the unwise hate knowledge?

Darby Bible Translation
How long, simple ones, will ye love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and the foolish hate knowledge?

English Revised Version
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and scorners delight them in scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Webster's Bible Translation
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

World English Bible
"How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, and fools hate knowledge?

Young's Literal Translation
'Till when, ye simple, do ye love simplicity? And have scorners their scorning desired? And do fools hate knowledge?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:20-33 Solomon, having showed how dangerous it is to hearken to the temptations of Satan, here declares how dangerous it is not to hearken to the calls of God. Christ himself is Wisdom, is Wisdoms. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him: 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of every thing. Scoffers at religion, that run down every thing sacred and serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you. Special grace is needful to sincere conversion. But that grace shall never be denied to any who seek it. The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with his reproofs, surely should have the attention of every one. It may well be asked, how long men mean to proceed in such a perilous path, when the uncertainty of life and the consequences of dying without Christ are considered? Now sinners live at ease, and set sorrow at defiance; but their calamity will come. Now God is ready to hear their prayers; but then they shall cry in vain. Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and for ever.
Study Bible
Wisdom Calls Aloud
21At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: 22"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? 23"Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.…
Cross References
Psalm 1:1
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Proverbs 1:4
To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,

Proverbs 1:21
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:

Proverbs 1:29
Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 1:32
"For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

Proverbs 5:12
And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!

Proverbs 7:7
And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,

Proverbs 8:5
"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.

Proverbs 9:4
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,

Proverbs 21:24
"Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with insolent pride.
Treasury of Scripture

How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

how

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Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus said …

Exodus 16:28 And the LORD said to Moses, How long refuse you to keep my commandments …

Numbers 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against …

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, …

ye simple

Proverbs 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a …

Proverbs 9:4-6,16-18 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants understanding, …

Psalm 94:8 Understand, you brutish among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise?

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not …

Matthew 11:29,30 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Luke 19:42 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day…

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, …

the scorners

Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to …

Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.

Proverbs 19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Proverbs 21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the …

Job 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

fools

Proverbs 1:7,29 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

John 3:20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the …

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