Proverbs 11:12
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New International Version
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

New Living Translation
It is foolish to belittle one's neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet.

English Standard Version
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

New American Standard Bible
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.

King James Bible
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.

International Standard Version
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but the discerning man controls his comments.

NET Bible
The one who denounces his neighbor lacks wisdom, but the one who has discernment keeps silent.

New Heart English Bible
One who despises his neighbor is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that despises his neighbor is deficient in mind and a man of understanding dwells in quietness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who despises a neighbor has no sense, but a person who has understanding keeps quiet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that despiseth his neighbour lacketh understanding; But a man of discernment holdeth his peace.

New American Standard 1977
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,
            But a man of understanding keeps silent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that is void of understanding despises his neighbour, but the intelligent man remains silent.

King James 2000 Bible
He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.

American King James Version
He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.

American Standard Version
He that despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man will hold his peace.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour is void of heart; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

English Revised Version
He that despiseth his neighbour is void of wisdom: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

World English Bible
One who despises his neighbor is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising his neighbour lacketh heart, And a man of understanding keepeth silence.
Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
11By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down. 12He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent. 13He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Proverbs 11:11
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.

Proverbs 11:13
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

Proverbs 14:21
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
Treasury of Scripture

He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.

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John 7:48-52 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him…

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1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And …

2 Kings 18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for …

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

Verse 12. - He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor; uses words of contempt about his neighbour. Septuagint, "sneers at his fellow citizens." The following clause indicates that contemptuous language is chiefly intended. Holdeth his peace. An intelligent man is slow to condemn, makes allowance for others' difficulties, and, if he cannot approve, at least knows how to be silent. Nam nulli tacuisse nocet nocet esse locutum. "Speech is silver," says the proverb, "silence is golden." Septuagint, "A man of sense keeps quiet." He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour,.... Not only in his heart, but by giving him opprobrious language; he speaks contemptibly of him, either because he thinks he is wiser than his neighbour, and therefore calls him fool at every turn; as those who are most destitute of wisdom conceit they have the largest share of it, and despise others; or else because he is richer than his neighbour, as the poor is generally despised by the rich; or because he fancies he is holier than he, as the Pharisee who trusts in himself that he is righteous, and despises others: or a man "that wants a heart" (k), as it may be rendered; that wants a good one, or wants grace in his heart; he despises the counsel and advice, the admonitions and instructions, which his neighbour gives him for his good;

but a man of understanding holdeth his peace: and will not despise his neighbour, or give him ill language, because he is not so wise, or so rich, or so righteous as he; if he cannot speak any good of him, he will not speak evil of him; or he holds his peace, is silent, and will not answer the man void of wisdom, that despises and reproaches him; he will not render railing for railing; when he is reviled he will revile not again; and by so doing he shows himself to he a man understanding, or of intellects; a wise and prudent.

(k) "carens corde", Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "destitutus est corde", Schultens. 12. despiseth—or, "reviles," a course contrasted with the prudent silence of the wise.

holdeth his peace—as if neither hearing nor telling.11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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