Proverbs 9:8
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New International Version
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.

New Living Translation
So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.

English Standard Version
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

New American Standard Bible
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

King James Bible
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

International Standard Version
Don't rebuke a mocker or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person, and he will love you.

NET Bible
Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you; reprove a wise person and he will love you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not rebuke an evil one, lest he hate you, but rebuke a wise one, for he will love you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you. Warn a wise person, and he will love you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Chasten not a scorner lest he hate thee; chasten a wise man, and he will love thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

American King James Version
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

American Standard Version
Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate thee: Reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Rebuke not a scorner lest he hate thee. Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise [man], and he will love thee.

English Revised Version
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he shall hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

World English Bible
Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Young's Literal Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee, Give reproof to the wise, and he loveth thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee (see the last note, and comp. Proverbs 15:12, and note there). There are times when reproof only hardens and exasperates. "It is not proper," says St. Gregory, "for the good man to fear lest the scorner should utter abuse at him when he is chidden, but lest, being drawn into hatred, he should be made worse" ('Moral.,' 8:67). "Bad men sometimes we spare, and not ourselves, if from the love of those we cease from the rebuking of them. Whence it is needful that we sometimes endure keeping to ourselves what they are, in order that they may learn in us by our good living what they are not" (ibid., 20:47, Oxford transl.). Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. So Psalm 141:5, "Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me, it shall be as oil upon the head; let not my head refuse it" (comp. Proverbs 19:25; Proverbs 25:12; Proverbs 27:6).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee,.... For wicked men are apt to hate those that publicly rebuke them, Amos 5:10. Hence minister's of the word are of all men most hated; though this also should be bore with, could it be thought, or there was any reason to believe, that the reproof would be of any service. The scorner here, and in the preceding verses, may not only design profane sinners, sensualists, and atheists, that despise all religion, and scoff at all that is good; but also proud scornful Pharisees, such who derided Christ himself, and trusted in themselves, and despised others, Christ and his apostles, and their ministrations, Luke 16:14; and such, as Christ came not to call them himself, so he bid his disciples let them alone, Matthew 9:13;

rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee; as David did Nathan; and who was determined to take kindly the reproof of any righteous man, Psalm 141:5. Such who are spiritually wise will be thankful for the reproof of Gospel ministers, and even of private Christians, and will love and esteem them for their faithfulness and uprightness, and for the good which they themselves receive hereby.



Proverbs 9:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Way of Wisdom
7He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. 8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. 9Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Psalm 141:5
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me--that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Proverbs 10:8
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 13:1
A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

Proverbs 15:12
Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.

Proverbs 19:25
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.

Isaiah 36:21
But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."
Treasury of Scripture

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

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Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Numbers 14:6-10 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which …

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, …

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Hebrews 4:6-8 Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter therein, and they …

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

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that …

Leviticus 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise …

2 Samuel 12:7-14 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus said the LORD God …

1 Kings 1:23,32 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when …

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove …

Galatians 2:11-14 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, …

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