New International Version
A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.
New Living Translation
A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.
English Standard Version
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
New American Standard Bible
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
King James Bible
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
International Standard Version
A rebuke is more effective with a man of understanding than a hundred lashes to a fool.
A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A rebuke breaks the heart of the wise, and instead of reproof, a fool is whipped and is unaware of it.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
A reprimand impresses a person who has understanding more than a hundred lashes impress a fool.
Jubilee Bible 2000
Reproof is of more benefit to a wise man than a hundred stripes to a fool.
King James 2000 Bible
A reproof enters more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.
American King James Version
A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
American Standard Version
A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool.
A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.
Darby Bible Translation
A reproof entereth more deeply into him that hath understanding than a hundred stripes into a fool.
English Revised Version
A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Webster's Bible Translation
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.
World English Bible
A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred lashes into a fool.
Young's Literal Translation
Rebuke cometh down on the intelligent More than a hundred stripes on a fool.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.
Verse 10. - A reproof entereth more (deeper) into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. A deserved rebuke makes a deeper impression upon a man of understanding than the severest chastisement upon a fool. Hitzig quotes Sallust, 'Jug.,' 11, "Verbum in pectus Jugurthae altius, quam quisquam ratus est, descendit." Quint. Curt., 54:7, "Nobilis equus umbra quoque virgae regitur, ignavus ne calcari quidem concitari potest." The antithesis is put more forcibly in the Septuagint, "A threat breaks the heart of a prudent man; a fool even scourged feels it not."
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
A reproof entereth more into a wise man,.... A single verbal reproof, gently, kindly, and prudently given, not only enters the ear, but the heart of a wise and understanding man; it descends into him, as the word (k) signifies; it sinks deep into his mind; it penetrates into his heart, and pierces his conscience; brings him easily to humiliation, confession, and reformation. Or, "reproof is more terror to a wise man"; as Jarchi interprets it, and the Tigurine version; it awes and terrifies him more; a single word has more effect upon him, entering more easily into him,
than an hundred stripes into a fool; or, "than smiting a fool a hundred times" (l): a word to a wise man is more than a hundred blows to a fool, will sooner correct and amend him; a word will enter where a blow will not; stripes only reach the back, but not the heart of a fool; he is never the better for all the corrections given him; his heart is not affected, is not humbled, nor brought to a sense of sin, and acknowledgment of it; nor is he in the least reformed: or a single reproof to a wise man is of more service than a hundred reproofs to a fool; which are sometimes expressed by smiting, "let the righteous smite me", &c. Psalm 141:5.
(k) "descendet", Montanus; "descendit", Vatablus, Mercerus, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus. (l) "magis quam si percuties stolidum centies", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, so Pagninus, Michaelis.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
10. Reproof more affects the wise than severe scourging, fools.
Proverbs 17:10 Additional Commentaries
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
…9He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends. 10A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool. 11A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.…
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.
Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
or a reproof aweth more a wise man than to strike a fool an hundred times.
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