Proverbs 21:11
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New International Version
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.

New Living Translation
If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

English Standard Version
When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

King James Bible
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires knowledge.

International Standard Version
When a mocker is punished, the fool gains wisdom; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

NET Bible
When a scorner is punished, the naive becomes wise; when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By the injury of the evil the child is made wise, and by his reflection the wise receives knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a mocker is punished, a gullible person becomes wise, and when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise;
            But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise, and by instructing the wise, he receives wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

American King James Version
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

American Standard Version
When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When a pestilent man is punished, the little one will be wiser: and if he follow the wise, he will receive knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

English Revised Version
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

World English Bible
When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise, And in giving understanding to the wise He receiveth knowledge.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Study Bible
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
10The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. 11When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 12The righteous one considers the house of the wicked, Turning the wicked to ruin.…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:7
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.

Proverbs 19:25
Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
Treasury of Scripture

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

the scorner

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

Numbers 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: …

Deuteronomy 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such …

Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he …

Psalm 64:7-9 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded…

Acts 5:5,11-14 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: …

1 Corinthians 10:6-11 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust …

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

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

Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part …

when the wise

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a …

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the …

Proverbs 18:1,15 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles …

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