Proverbs 29:19
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New International Version
Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.

New Living Translation
Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.

English Standard Version
By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond.

New American Standard Bible
A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.

King James Bible
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A slave cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn't respond.

International Standard Version
By mere words a servant will not be corrected; even though he understands, there will be no response.

NET Bible
A servant cannot be corrected by words, for although he understands, there is no answer.

New Heart English Bible
A servant can't be corrected by words. Though he understands, yet he will not respond.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A Servant is not disciplined by words, for he knows that he will not be beaten.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A slave cannot be disciplined with words. He will not respond, though he may understand.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A servant will not be corrected by words; For though he understand, there will be no response.

New American Standard 1977
A slave will not be instructed by words alone;
            For though he understands, there will be no response.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A slave will not be corrected by words, for though he understands he will not obey.

King James 2000 Bible
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understands he will not answer.

American King James Version
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

American Standard Version
A servant will not be corrected by words; For though he understand, he will not give heed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A slave will not be corrected by words: because he understandeth what thou sayest, and will not answer.

Darby Bible Translation
A servant is not corrected by words: he understandeth indeed, but he will not answer.

English Revised Version
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not give heed.

Webster's Bible Translation
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understandeth, he will not answer.

World English Bible
A servant can't be corrected by words. Though he understands, yet he will not respond.

Young's Literal Translation
By words a servant is not instructed though he understand, And there is nothing answering.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
18Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. 19A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response. 20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.…
Cross References
Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 29:20
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Treasury of Scripture

A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

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Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 30:22 For a servant when he reigns; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

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Job 19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.

(19) A servant will not be corrected with words.--A slave must be corrected by sterner means; it is only fear of punishment which will move him; "for though he understand, he will not answer," will not reply to your call, or render obedience to your command. The willing obedience of a son, and the grudging obedience of a slave, are contrasted in Romans 8:15.

Verse 19. - A servant will not be corrected by words. Mere words will not suffice to teach a slave, any more than a child, true, practical wisdom. He needs severer measures, even the correction of personal discipline. Septuagint, "By words a stubborn (σκληρὸς) slave will not be instructed." The next clause gives an explanation of this necessity. For though he understand he will not answer. The answer is not merely the verbal response to a command, as, "I go, sir;" but it implies obedience in action. The reluctant slave thoroughly understands the order given, but he pays no heed to it, will not trouble himself to execute it, and therefore must meet with stern treatment (comp. ver. 15; Proverbs 23:13, etc.; Proverbs 26:3). "That servant which knew his Lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes" (Luke 12:47). Septuagint, "For even if he understand, he will not obey." A servant will not be corrected by words,.... Not by them only, especially one that is of a servile, surly, and untractable disposition; otherwise a good servant, and well disposed to his master, and willing to serve him, and promote his interest, a word is sufficient for such an one; when he is bid to go, he goes; or to come, he comes, Matthew 8:9; or if he has done wrong, and his fault is told him, he will amend another time; whereas a rough ill natured servant will not regard words, but must have blows to correct him;

for though he understand; what his master says, and what is his will, and knows he has done wrong, and ought to do otherwise, which is an aggravation of sin:

he will not answer; own his fault and promise to do better for the future; through the surliness of his nature, and contempt of his master, whom he does not think worthy of an answer: so the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "he despises to answer"; thus Job was used by his servants, Job 19:16; There is an answering which is forbidden servants, Titus 2:9; but this what becomes them, and is expressive of their respect and reverence to their masters, and their ready, hearty, and cheerful obedience to them; and which especially should be in Christian servants to Christian masters, 1 Timothy 6:1. 19. A servant—who lacks good principle.

corrected—or discovered.

will not answer—that is, will not obey.29:19. Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant; one that serves not from conscience, or love, but from fear. 20. When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. 21. Good usage to a servant does not mean indulgence, which would ruin even a child. The body is a servant to the soul; those that humour it, and are over-tender of it, will find it forget its place. 22. An angry, passionate disposition makes men provoking to one another, and provoking to God. 23. Only those who humble themselves shall be exalted and established. 24. The receiver is as bad as the thief. 25. Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare.
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