Proverbs 3:11
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New International Version
My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,

New Living Translation
My child, don't reject the LORD's discipline, and don't be upset when he corrects you.

English Standard Version
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,

New American Standard Bible
My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,

King James Bible
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not despise the LORD's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;

International Standard Version
My son, do not reject the LORD's discipline, and do not despise his correction,

NET Bible
My child, do not despise discipline from the LORD, and do not loathe his rebuke.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, do not reject the discipline of Lord Jehovah and do not neglect his admonition to you

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not reject the discipline of the LORD, my son, and do not resent his warning,

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD, Neither spurn thou His correction;

New American Standard 1977
My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD,
            Or loathe His reproof,

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

King James 2000 Bible
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

American King James Version
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

American Standard Version
My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint when thou art chastised by him:

Darby Bible Translation
My son, despise not the instruction of Jehovah, neither be weary of his chastisement;

English Revised Version
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his reproof:

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

World English Bible
My son, don't despise Yahweh's discipline, neither be weary of his reproof:

Young's Literal Translation
Chastisement of Jehovah, my son, despise not, And be not vexed with His reproof,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:7-12 There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. Worldly wealth is but poor substance, yet, such as it is, we must honour God with it; and those that do good with what they have, shall have more to do more good with. Should the Lord visit us with trials and sickness, let us not forget that the exhortation speaks to us as to children, for our good. We must not faint under an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not be driven to despair, or use wrong means for relief. The father corrects the son whom he loves, because he loves him, and desires that he may be wise and good. Afflictions are so far from doing God's children any hurt, that, by the grace of God, they promote their holiness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord. The teacher, in vers. 11 and 12, passes to another phase of life. The thought of prosperity suggests the opposite one of adversity. Abundant prosperity shall flow from honouring Jehovah, but he sometimes and not unfrequently sends affliction, and, indeed, without this life would be incomplete. The object of the exhortation is, as Delitzsch states, to show that, as in prosperity God should not be forgotten, so one should not suffer himself to be estranged by days of adversity. Submission is counselled on the ground that, when Jehovah afflicts, he does so in the spirit of love, and for good. The "chastening" and "correction," though presenting God in an attitude of anger, are in reality not the punishment of an irate God. The verse before us is evidently copied from Job 5:17, "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth, therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty;" and the whole passage is cited again in the Epistle to the Hebrews (Hebrews 12:5, 6). It has been said that ver. 11 expresses the problem of the Book of Job, and ver. 12 its solution (Delitzsch). Despise not (al-timas); Vulgate, ne abjicias; LXX., μὴ ὀλιγώρει. The verb mass is first "to reject," and then "to despise and contemn." The Targum Jonathan puts the thought in a stronger form, ne execreris, "do not curse." They despise the chastening of Jehovah who, when they see his hand in it, do not humbly and submissively bow, but resist and become refractory, or, as it is expressed in Proverbs 19:3, when their "heart fretteth against the Lord." Job, notwithstanding his bitter complaints, was on the whole, and in his better moments, an example of the proper state of mind under correction (see Job 1:21; Job 2:10). Jonah, in treating contemptuously the procedure of God, is an exemplification of the contrary spirit, which is condemned implicitly in the text (Wardlaw). Chastening (musar); i.e. correction not by reproof only, as in Proverbs 6:23 and Proverbs 8:30; but by punishment also. as in Proverbs 13:24; Proverbs 22:15. The meaning here is expressed by the LXX. παιδεία, which is "instruction by punishment," discipline, or schooling (cf. Vulgate, disciplina). Neither be weary (al-takots); i.e. do not loathe, abhor, feel disgust nor vexation towards. The expression, "do not loathe," is a climax to the other, "despise not." It represents a more deeply seated aversion to Jehovah's plans. Gesenius takes the primary meaning of kuts to be that of vomiting. The word before us certainly denotes loathing or nausea, and is used in this sense by the Israelites in their complaints against God and against Moses in Numbers 21:5 (cf. Genesis 27:46). The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews, in quoting the passage, adopts the LXX. reading, μὴ ὀκλύου, "nor faint;" Vulgate, ne deficias, i.e. "do not give way to despondency." Correction. This word, like musar above, has a twofold meaning of either punishment or chastening, as in Psalm 73:14; or reproof, as in Proverbs 1:23; 25:30; 5:12; 27:5; 29:15, where it also occurs. It is here used in the former sense. To loathe the correction of Jehovah is to allow it to completely estrange us from him. We faint under it when, by dwelling on or brooding over, or bemoaning the trial, the spirit sinks to faintness. To faint at correction ignores the belief in the truth that "all things work together for good to them that love God."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord,.... This seems to be introduced to prevent an objection that may be made to the above promise of plenty; seeing the children of God are often afflicted in this world; even the wise and pious, and those that fear the Lord, and honour him; which is accounted for, and the reason of it given, in Proverbs 3:12. These words are cited in Hebrews 12:5, and are represented as an exhortation, spoken unto children, the children of God; by which it appears, that not any single person is meant by "my son"; and, as not here, so neither elsewhere in this book, where the same phrase is used. It is not to be limited to any son of Solomon's according to the flesh; nor to any person or persons, that applied to him for instruction, and were taught by him; nor to all the people of God in his time: but it has respect to the Jews in the times of the apostles; and even to all the children of God in all ages, who more or less endure afflictions, here called "the chastening of the Lord", because they are from him; whatever concern men or devils, or second causes, may have in them, they are originally from the Lord, either sent or suffered by him; they are indeed by his appointment, and are ordered, limited, and restrained by him, and are overruled for his glory and his people's good: they are not chastisements in a way of vindictive wrath and justice, which would be contrary to the satisfaction of Christ, the justice of God, his everlasting and unchangeable love, and to his word and oath; but they are in love; they are the chastisements of a father, in which he deals with them as with children; and uses them for the good discipline and instruction of them, as the word (r) here signifies; and therefore not to be "despised", or loathed and abhorred, as disagreeable food or physic be; or as if they were unnecessary and unprofitable, or unworthy of notice and regard; or as little, slight, and trifling things, without considering from whence they come and for what they are sent; but, on the contrary, should be regarded as useful and serviceable; see Job 5:17;

neither be weary of his correction; "rebuke" or "reproof" (s); so in Hebrews 12:5; "when thou art rebuked of him", not in wrath and fury, but in love, as before. The same thing is meant by correction as chastening; and supposes a fault to be committed by him that is corrected, for God corrects none but for sin; and authority in the corrector, which he, as the Father of spirits, and as our covenant God and Father in Christ, has a right to do: he corrects by his Spirit, by his word, by his ministers, and by his providences, afflictive ones, which last is here meant; and it is always for good, at a proper time, and when necessary, in measure and with judgment: and of this the children should not be "weary", as grievous and intolerable; and especially should not be weary of their lives on account of it, in which sense the word is used in Genesis 27:46 which has been the case of Job and others; but should bear it quietly and peaceably, and with patience, without fretting and murmuring; or should not "faint", as it is rendered in Hebrews 12:5; or sink under the weight, but cheerfully support under it. The two extremes, which men are apt to run into, are here guarded against; on the one hand, to make little or nothing of an affliction; to outbrave it, not to be affected with it, nor humble under the mighty hand of God; nor consider the rod, and him that has appointed it: and, on the other hand, to aggravate an affliction, as if no sorrow was like theirs, and to be quite dejected and overwhelmed with it.

(r) "disciplinam", V. L. Cocceius, Schultens; "eruditionem", Junius & Tremellius. (s) "ad increpationem ejus", Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus; "redargutionem ejus", Cocceius; "sub redargutione ejus", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11, 12. The true intent of afflictions considered; they do not contradict the assertion of the blessed state of the pious (Job 5:17; Heb 12:5, 6).

Proverbs 3:11 Additional Commentaries
Trust in the Lord
10So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine. 11My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, 12For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Cross References
Hebrews 12:5
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

Hebrews 12:6
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."

Job 5:17
"Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Psalm 94:12
Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;
Treasury of Scripture

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:


Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not …

Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should …

Hebrews 12:5,6 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.


Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Job 4:5 But now it is come on you, and you faint; it touches you, and you are troubled.

Isaiah 40:30,31 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall …

2 Corinthians 4:1,16,17 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, …

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