Proverbs 13:13
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New International Version
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

New Living Translation
People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.

English Standard Version
Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

New American Standard Bible
The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

King James Bible
Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.

International Standard Version
Anyone who despises a word of advice will pay for it, but whoever heeds a command will be rewarded.

NET Bible
The one who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but whoever esteems instruction will be rewarded.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever despises instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command will be rewarded.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that has contempt against the word will be destroyed by it, and he that is in awe of the commandment will be saved; there will be no favor to the deceitful man, and a wise man whose works are upright will lift up the head by his way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever despises [God's] words will pay the penalty, but the one who fears [God's] commands will be rewarded.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso despiseth the word shall suffer thereby; But he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

New American Standard 1977
The one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
            But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever despises the word shall perish by it: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

American King James Version
Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

American Standard Version
Whoso despiseth the word bringeth destruction on himself; But he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever speaketh ill of any thing, bindeth himself for the time to come: but he that feareth the commandment, shall dwell in peace. Deceitful souls go astray in sins: the just are merciful, and shew mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso despiseth the word shall be held by it; but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

English Revised Version
Whoso despiseth the word bringeth destruction on himself: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

World English Bible
Whoever despises instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command will be rewarded.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising the Word is destroyed for it, And whoso is fearing the Command is repayed.
Study Bible
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.…
Cross References
Exodus 9:20
The one among the servants of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD made his servants and his livestock flee into the houses;

Numbers 15:31
Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt will be on him.'"

2 Chronicles 36:16
but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:21
Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

Proverbs 19:16
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

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Proverbs 1:25,30,31 But you have set at nothing all my counsel, and would none of my reproof…

2 Samuel 12:9,10 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in …

2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and …

Jeremiah 43:2 Then spoke Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, …

Jeremiah 44:16,17 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, …

Ezekiel 20:13,16,24 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they …

Luke 16:31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither …

Hebrews 10:28,29 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses…

he

Ezra 10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all …

Psalm 115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

rewarded in peace

Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there …

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: …

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, …

(13) Shall be destroyed.--Literally, brings ruin on himself. Or the sense may be, "is (still) bound to it," even although he may contemptuously neglect it. Comp. the advice (Matthew 5:25), to "agree with our adversary quickly," that is, satisfy the requirements of the law of God while there is time, lest it appear as our adversary at the day of judgment.

Verse 13. - Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed. "The word" is either the commandment of God (Deuteronomy 30:14), or warning and instruction. He who despises and neglects this word "brings on himself destruction." Many good authorities take the latter verb in another sense, "is pledged by it;" as Revised Version in margin, "maketh himself a debtor thereto," i.e. is still bound to fulfil his obligations to it; he cannot escape duty by ignoring or despising it, but is pledged to do it, and will suffer for its neglect. Hence Christ's injunction to agree with our adversary quickly while we are in the way with him (Matthew 5:25). Vulgate, "He who disparages (detrahit) anything binds himself for the future." Septuagint, "He who despises a thing (πράγματος, τάγματυς, 'a command') shall be despised by it." Virtus se contemnentem contemnit. He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded (Proverbs 11:31). The Vulgate rendering, "shall live in peace," and that of the Septuagint, "shall be healthful," are not so suitable. The "fearing the commandment" implies obedience to it; and reward is considered as fully pledged to obedience as punishment is to neglect. The Septuagint here adds a distich which Ewald regards as genuine, "Unto a crafty son there shall be nothing good; but to a wise servant all actions shall prosper, and his way shall be guided aright." This is also found in the Vulgate of Proverbs 14:15. The Vulgate here inserts the paragraph found in the Septuagint at ver. 9 (q.v.), Animae dolosae errant in peccatis; justi autem misericordes sunt et miserantur. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed,.... The word of God. Either Christ, the essential Word; which must be a great evil, considering the dignity of his person; great ingratitude, considering the grace of his office; very dangerous, considering what a quick, sharp, and powerful Word he is: and such may be said to despise him who despise his ministers, and the Gospel preached by them; and which may be meant by the word, that being the word of God and of truth, the word of righteousness, peace, life, and salvation; and is to them that perish foolishness; and to whom it is so, they shall perish, and be punished with everlasting destruction, for their contempt of it, and disobedience to it. Or the written word may be meant, the Scriptures, which are given by inspiration of God, and therefore ought to be had in the greatest reverence; and yet are greatly slighted and despised by the man of sin and his followers; who set up and prefer their unwritten traditions to them, and so make them of none effect: such are all false teachers, that despise or abuse them, they bring destruction to themselves; for so the words may be rendered, "shall bring destruction to himself", or shall receive detriment from it: so the Targum, from the word itself; the Syriac version, "by it"; and the Arabic version, "by the commandment itself"; by the threatenings in it, and according to them: or, "because of it"; because of the contempt of it;

but he that feareth the commandment; receives the word with reverence, trembles at it; fears God, and keeps his commandments, and fears to break them: he

shall be rewarded; with good, as the Targum adds; for in keeping the commandments of God there is great reward: or, "shall enjoy peace", or "be in safety" (k); for great peace have they which love the law of God, and serve it: or, "shall be sound, and in health" (l); when those that despise it "shall be corrupted" (m); as the word in the preceding clause may be rendered.

(k) "in pace versabitur", V. L. "fruetur pace", Vatablus; "donatur pace", Junius & Tremellius; "pacabitur", Cocceius; "salvabitur", Syriac version. (l) Sept. (m) "corrumpetur"; Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius. 13. the word—that is, of advice, or, instruction (compare Pr 10:27; 11:31).13:13. He that stands in awe of God, and reverences his word, shall escape destruction, and be rewarded for his godly fear.
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