Proverbs 3:12
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New International Version
because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

New Living Translation
For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

English Standard Version
for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

New American Standard Bible
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

King James Bible
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.

International Standard Version
because the LORD corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in.

NET Bible
For the LORD disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the one whom Lord Jehovah loves, he disciplines, as a father disciplines his son.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because the LORD warns the one he loves, even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD chastens whom he loves and delights in, even as a father to his son.

King James 2000 Bible
For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.

American King James Version
For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.

American Standard Version
For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself.

Darby Bible Translation
for whom Jehovah loveth he chasteneth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

English Revised Version
For whom the LORD loveth he reproveth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Webster's Bible Translation
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

World English Bible
for whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

Young's Literal Translation
For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth, Even as a father the son He is pleased with.
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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 12. - In this verse the motive for submissiveness to Jehovah's corrections is brought forward. They are corrections, but they are the corrections of love. One of the most touching relationships of life, and that with which we are most familiar, viz. that of father and son, is employed to reconcile us to Jehovah's afflictive dispensations. A comparison is drawn. God corrects those whom he loves after the same manner as a father corrects ("correcteth" has to be understood from the first hemistich) the son whom he loves. The idea of the passage is evidently taken from Deuteronomy 8:5, "Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee." The idea of the paternal relationship of God to mankind is found elsewhere (Jeremiah 31:9; Malachi 2:10), and especially finds expression in the Lord's prayer. When the truth of this passage is learned, we shall be drawn to, rather than repelled from, God by his corrections. The gracious end of earthly trials is expressed in Hebrews 12:6, 2; cf. Romans 5:3-5; 2 Corinthians 4:17 (Wardlaw). "These gracious words (Hebrews 12.) are written in Holy Scripture for our comfort and instruction; that we should patiently and with thanksgiving bear our heavenly Father's correction, whensoever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us" (see Visitation Office). Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth (vuk'av eth-ben yir'tseh); literally, even as a father the son be delighteth in. Various renderings have been given to this passage.

(1) Delitzsch, De Wette, et al., agree with the Authorized Version, and take ו vav, as explicative, and yir'tseh, "in whom he delighteth," as a relative sentence. The ו is used in this explanatory sense in 1 Samuel 28:3 (see Gesenius, § 155, 1 a). The relative usher, "whom," is omitted in the original, according to the rule that the relative is omitted, especially in poetry, where it would stand as a pronoun in the nominative or accusative case (comp. Psalm 7:16, "And he falls into the pit (which) he made;" and Proverbs 5:13). We have the same elision of the relative in the English colloquial expression, "the friend I met" (see Gesenius, § 123:3, a).

(2) Hitzig and Zockler translate, "and holds him dear as a father his son." This, though grammatically correct, does not preserve the parallelism. It serves only to expand the idea of love, whereas the predominant idea of the verse is that of correction, to which love is an accessory idea (see Delitzsch). For similar parallels, see Deuteronomy 8:5 as before, and Psalm 103:13. In the comparison which is instituted, yir'tseh, "in whom he delighteth," corresponds with eth asher ye'hav y'hovah, "whom the Lord loveth," and not with yokiah, "correcteth."

(3) Kamph translates, "and (dealeth) as a father (who) wisheth well to his son." This is substantially the same as the Authorized Version, except that in the relative sentence "son" is made accusative after yir'tseh, here translated, "wisheth well to," and the emitted relative (asher) is placed in the nominative instead of the accusative case.

(4) The variation in the LXX., μαστιγοῖ δὲ πάντα ὑίον ο{ν παραδέχεται, "and scourgeth every son whom he rcceiveth," cited literally in Hebrews 12:5, evidently arises from the translators having read יַכְאֵב, (yakev), "he scourgeth" for וּכֵאָב (vuk'av), "even as a father." It will be seen that this alteration could be easily effected by a change in the Masoretic pointing.

(5) The Vulgate renders, et quasi pater in filio complacet sibi. He delighteth; yir'tseh is from ratsah, "to be delighted" with any person or thing.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth,.... This is a reason why the children of God should not despise corrections, nor be weary of them; since they spring from love, are given in love, nor is there any abatement of it in them: when the Lord chastens and corrects, he does not take away his lovingkindness from them; yea, it is because he loves them that therefore he thus deals with them; wherefore they ought to be patiently bore, and kindly taken by them;

even as a father the son in whom he delighteth; as a father chastens and corrects his son, whom he dearly loves, and has the greatest pleasure in, so the Lord chastens and corrects his people; see Deuteronomy 8:5. There is such a relation subsisting between them as that of father and son, which flows from the inexpressible love of God to them; and which is a love of complacency and delight in them, and is invariable and unchangeable, and continues the same under all their afflictions; as appears by what he does for them in them, and by the issue of them; he knows their souls in adversity, and chooses them in the furnace of affliction; he pays love visits to them, and comforts them under all their tribulation; he sympathizes with them, and supports them; he makes their bed in their affliction, and delivers out of it, or takes them to himself: the issue is always his own glory, and their good.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. he delighteth—or receiveth as denoting reconciliation regarding the offense which produced chastisement.

Proverbs 3:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Trust in the Lord
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 12:6
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."

Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

Deuteronomy 8:5
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

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

Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
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