Proverbs 27:11
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New International Version
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

New Living Translation
Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.

English Standard Version
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

New American Standard Bible
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

King James Bible
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be wise, my son, and bring my heart joy, so that I can answer anyone who taunts me.

International Standard Version
Be wise, my son, and make me happy, so I can reply to anyone who insults me.

NET Bible
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, so that I may answer anyone who taunts me.

New Heart English Bible
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart, then I can answer my tormentor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be wise my son, and gladden my heart, and remove from me the reproach of those who reproach me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad so that I can answer anyone who criticizes me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that taunteth me.

New American Standard 1977
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
            That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, be wise and make my heart glad that I may answer him that reproaches me.

King James 2000 Bible
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproaches me.

American King James Version
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproaches me.

American Standard Version
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Study wisdom, my son, and make my heart joyful, that thou mayst give an answer to him that reproacheth.

Darby Bible Translation
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me.

English Revised Version
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

World English Bible
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart, then I can answer my tormentor.

Young's Literal Translation
Be wise, my son, and rejoice my heart. And I return my reproacher a word.
Study Bible
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
10Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, And do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away. 11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me. 12A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:10
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.

Psalm 119:42
So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.

Psalm 127:5
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

Proverbs 23:15
My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad;

Proverbs 23:25
Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

Proverbs 26:16
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

Proverbs 27:12
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 29:3
A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.
Treasury of Scripture

My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproaches me.

be wise

Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish …

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 23:15,16,24,25 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine…

Ecclesiastes 2:18-21 Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because …

2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, …

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Psalm 119:42 So shall I have with which to answer him that reproaches me: for …

Psalm 127:4,5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth…

(11) My son.--The address of a father to his son, or master to pupil.

That I may answer him that reproacheth me for having brought you up badly when he sees you ignorant or ill-behaved. So Christians are exhorted to let their "light so shine before men" that their Father in heaven may be thereby glorified (Matthew 5:16).

Verse 11. - My son, be wise, and make my heart glad. The exhortation of a father to his son, or of a teacher to his pupil. Such address is not found elsewhere in this latter portion of the book, though common in previous parts. Delitzsch translates, "become wise." Σοφὸς γίνου, Septuagint. Such development of wisdom delights a father's heart, as Proverbs 10:1; Proverbs 23:15, 24. That I may answer him that reproacheth me (Psalm 119:42; comp. Psalm 127:5; Ecclus. 30:2). If the pupil did not show wisdom and morality in his conduct, the teacher would incur blame for the apparent failure of his education; whereas the high tone of the disciple might be appealed to as a proof of the merit and efficacy of the tutor's discipline. On the other hand, the evil doings of Hebrews often made the Name of God to be blasphemed among the Gentiles; just as nowadays the inconsistent lives of Christians are the greatest impediment to the success of missionary efforts in heathen countries. St. Jerome has, Ut possis exprobanti respondere sermonem. So Septuagint, "And remove from thyself reproachful words." But the first person is in accordance with the Hebrew. My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,.... That is, show thyself to be a wise man by thy words and actions; endeavour to get a good share of wisdom and knowledge, and make a good use of it, and that will rejoice my heart; as nothing more gladdens the heart of a parent than the wisdom and prudent behaviour of his son; see Proverbs 10:1;

that I may answer him that reproacheth me; with begetting a foolish son, or a wicked man; or making him such by ill examples; or through neglect of education; or by using too much severity in it. 11. The wisdom of children both reflects credit on parents and contributes to their aid in difficulties.27:9,10. Depend not for relief upon a kinsman, merely for kindred's sake; apply to those who are at hand, and will help in need. But there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and let us place entire confidence in him. 11. An affectionate parent urges his son to prudent conduct that should gladden his heart. The good conduct of Christians is the best answer to all who find fault with the gospel. 12. Where there is temptation, if we thrust ourselves into it, there will be sin, and punishment will follow. 13. An honest man may be made a beggar, but he is not honest that makes himself one. 14. It is folly to be fond of being praised; it is a temptation to pride.
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