Proverbs 5:12
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New International Version
You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!

New Living Translation
You will say, "How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!

English Standard Version
and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!

New American Standard Bible
And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!

King James Bible
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and you will say, "How I hated discipline, and how my heart despised correction.

International Standard Version
and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!

NET Bible
And you will say, "How I hated discipline! My heart spurned reproof!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you will say, “Why have I hated instruction and my heart has despised reproof”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Oh, how I hated discipline! How my heart despised correction!

Jubilee Bible 2000
and say, How have I hated chastening and my heart despised reproof

King James 2000 Bible
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

American King James Version
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

American Standard Version
And say, How have I hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why have I hated instruction, and my heart consented not to reproof,

Darby Bible Translation
and thou say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof!

English Revised Version
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Webster's Bible Translation
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

World English Bible
and say, "How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Young's Literal Translation
And hast said, 'How have I hated instruction, And reproof hath my heart despised,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-14 Solomon cautions all young men, as his children, to abstain from fleshly lusts. Some, by the adulterous woman, here understand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astray men's minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn against seventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are, Satan's method of drawing men from the worship of God into false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments of hell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction of body and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may be a step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keep out of harm's way. If we thrust ourselves into temptation we mock God when we pray, Lead us not into temptation. How many mischiefs attend this sin! It blasts the reputation; it wastes time; it ruins the estate; it is destructive to health; it will fill the mind with horror. Though thou art merry now, yet sooner or later it will bring sorrow. The convinced sinner reproaches himself, and makes no excuse for his folly. By the frequent acts of sin, the habits of it become rooted and confirmed. By a miracle of mercy true repentance may prevent the dreadful consequences of such sins; but this is not often; far more die as they have lived. What can express the case of the self-ruined sinner in the eternal world, enduring the remorse of his conscience!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Self-reproach accompanies the unavailable groaning. And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof! i.e. how could it ever come to pass that I have acted in such a senseless and inexcusable manner, that I have hated instruction (musar, disciplina, παιδεία), the warning voice which dissuaded me from going with the harlot, and in my heart despised, i.e. rejected inwardly, whatever my outward demeanour may have been, the reproof which followed after I had been with her! Despised (naats), as in Proverbs 1:30; comp. also Proverbs 15:5, "A fool despiseth his father's instructions."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And say, how have I hated instruction,.... To live virtuously, and avoid the adulterous woman; this he says, as wondering at his stupidity, folly, and madness, that he should hate and abhor that which was so much his interest to have observed. Gersom interprets it of the instruction of the law; but it is much better to understand it of the instruction of the Gospel; which the carnal mind of man is enmity unto, and which they are so stupid as to abhor; when it is of so much usefulness to preserve from error and heresy, superstition, will worship, and idolatry;

and my heart despised reproof; for following the whorish woman; and which was secretly despised in the heart, and heartily too, if not expressed with the mouth: it is one part of the Gospel ministry to reprove for false doctrine and false worship, though it generally falls under the contempt of the erroneous and idolatrous.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12-14. The ruined sinner vainly laments his neglect of warning and his sad fate in being brought to public disgrace.

Proverbs 5:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Avoid Immorality
11And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed; 12And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! 13"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!…
Cross References
Psalm 50:17
You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:22
"How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:25
since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,

Proverbs 5:11
At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.

Proverbs 8:36
But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."

Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Treasury of Scripture

And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

how

Proverbs 1:7,22,29,30 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof …

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you.

Zechariah 7:11-14 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

and my

Proverbs 1:25 But you have set at nothing all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish.

Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction: but he …

Genesis 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came …

Exodus 2:13,14 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews …

2 Chronicles 24:20-22 And the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, …

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to …

2 Chronicles 33:10,11 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not listen…

2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and …

Jeremiah 44:4 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Zechariah 1:4-6 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, …

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