Proverbs 20:30
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

New Living Translation
Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.

English Standard Version
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.

New American Standard Bible
Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.

King James Bible
The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lashes and wounds purge away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.

International Standard Version
Blows that wound clean away evil; such beatings cleanse the innermost being.

NET Bible
Beatings and wounds cleanse away evil, and floggings cleanse the innermost being.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Misery and torment fall upon the evil, and affliction into the inner rooms of the belly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brutal beatings cleanse away wickedness. Such beatings cleanse the innermost being.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The scars of past wounds are medicine for evil, and living reproof reaches the most secret places in the inward parts.

King James 2000 Bible
Blows of a wound cleanse away evil: as do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

American King James Version
The blueness of a wound cleans away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

American Standard Version
Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes reach the innermost parts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The blueness of a wound shall wipe away evils: and stripes in the more in- ward parts of the belly.

Darby Bible Translation
Wounding stripes purge away evil, and strokes [purge] the inner parts of the belly.

English Revised Version
Stripes that wound cleanse away evil: and strokes reach the innermost parts of the belly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

World English Bible
Wounding blows cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the innermost parts.

Young's Literal Translation
The bandages of a wound thou removest with the evil, Also the plagues of the inner parts of the heart!
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:30. Severe rebukes sometimes do a great deal of good. But such is the corruption of nature, that men are loth to be rebuked for their sins. If God uses severe afflictions, to purify our hearts and fit us for his service, we have cause to be very thankful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil. So the Vulgate, Livor vulneris absterget mala. Chaburoth means "stripes," and the proverb says that deep-cutting stripes are the only effectual cure of evil; i.e. severe punishment is the best healing process in cases of moral delinquency (Proverbs 19:29). Painful remedies, incisions, cauteries, amputations, are often necessary in the successful treatment of bodily ailments; spiritual sickness needs sterner, more piercing, remedies. So do stripes the inward parts of the belly; or better, and strokes that reach, etc. The stings of conscience, warnings and reproofs which penetrate to the inmost recesses of the heart, chastisement which affects the whole spiritual being. - these are needful to the correction and purification of inveterate evil. Aben Ezra connects this verse with the preceding thus: as strength gives a glory to young men, and hoar hairs adorn an old man, so wounds and bruises, so to speak, ornament the sinner, mark him out, and at the same time heal and amend him. It may also be connected with ver. 27. If a man will not use the lamp which God has given him for illumination and correction, he must expect severe chastisement and sternest discipline. Septuagint, "Bruises (ὑπώπια) and contusions befall bad men, and plagues that reach to the chambers of the belly." St. Gregory, 'Moral.,' 23:40, "By the blueness of a wound he implies the discipline of blows on the body. But blows in the secret parts of the belly are the wounds of the mind within, which are inflicted by compunction. For as the belly is distended when filled with food, so is the mind puffed up when swollen with wicked thoughts. The blueness, then, of a wound, and blows in the secret parts of the belly, cleanse away evil, because both outward discipline does away with faults, and compunction pierces the distended mind with the punishment of penance. But they differ from each other in this respect, that the wounds of blows give us pain, the sorrows of compunction have good savour. The one afflict and torture, the others restore when they afflict us. Through the one there is sorrow in affliction, through the other there is joy in grief" (Oxford transl.).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil,.... Rubs it off and scours it away, as the word (m) signifies, or is a clearing and rubbing it off; some men must be beaten black and blue, or must have very sore correction, before they can be reclaimed and reformed from their evil ways; so some interpret it of the evil man (n): sanctified afflictions to God's people are the means of purging away their iniquities, their dross, and their sin; but there is nothing so effectually cleanses from sin as the blood of Jesus, or heals or cures of it as his blue wounds and stripes; see Isaiah 27:9;

so do stripes the inward part of the belly; or heart and conscience; by means of corrections and chastisement men are brought to an inward sense of sin; they are shown their transgressions wherein they have exceeded, and are commanded to return from iniquity, Job 36:9; they lament and mourn over sin, confess it and forsake it; and then may the inwards of the heart, the mind and conscience, defiled with them, be said to be cleansed from them; especially when led by these stripes and corrections to the stripes, wounds, and blood of Christ which, being applied, cleanse from all, sin inwardly and outwardly.

(m) "abstesio", Piscator, Mercerus, Cocceius; "detersio", Montanus, Michaelis; "effricatio", Schultens. (n) "in malo, sub, homine", Vatablus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "in malo (homine nequam)", Schultens, so Aben Ezra.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. blueness—literally, "joining," the process of uniting the edges of a wound throws off purulent matter.

stripes … belly—So punishment provides healing of soul (Pr 18:8), by deterring from evil courses.

Proverbs 20:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
29The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair. 30Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.
Cross References
1 Peter 2:24
"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."

Psalm 89:32
I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging;

Proverbs 22:15
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

Proverbs 27:6
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Treasury of Scripture

The blueness of a wound cleans away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

cleanseth away evil or is a purging medicine against evil

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that …

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction …

Isaiah 27:9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this …

Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

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