Proverbs 9:9
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New International Version
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

New Living Translation
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.

English Standard Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

New American Standard Bible
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

King James Bible
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more."

International Standard Version
Counsel a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will add to his learning.

NET Bible
Give instruction to a wise person, and he will become wiser still; teach a righteous person and he will add to his learning.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Give opportunity to a wise man that again he may learn wisdom, and teach the righteous that he may progress beyond his teacher.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give [advice] to a wise person, and he will become even wiser. Teach a righteous person, and he will learn more.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

King James 2000 Bible
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

American King James Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

American Standard Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give an occasion to a wise man, and wisdom shall be added to him. Teach a just man, and he shall make haste to receive it.

Darby Bible Translation
Impart to a wise [man], and he will become yet wiser; teach a righteous [man], and he will increase learning.

English Revised Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Webster's Bible Translation
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

World English Bible
Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Young's Literal Translation
Give to the wise, and he is wiser still, Make known to the righteous, And he increaseth learning.
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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 9. - Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. The Hebrew is merely "give to the wise," with no object mentioned; but the context suggests "instruction," even though, as in ver. 8, it takes the form of rebuke. Vulgate and Septuagint, "Give an opportunity to a wise man, and he will be wiser" (comp. Matthew 13:12; Matthew 25:29). To make the best use of all occasions of learning duty, whether they present themselves in a winning or a forbidden shape, is the part of one who is wise unto salvation (see Proverbs 1:5, and note there). Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Wisdom being a moral and not merely an intellectual, quality. there is a natural interchange of "wise" and "just," referring to the same individual, in the two clauses. Vulgate, festinabit accipere; Septuagint, "Instruct a wise man, and he shall have more given him." The wise are thus rewarded with larger measures of wisdom, because they are simple, humble, and willing to learn, having that childlike spirit which Christ commends (Matthew 18:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Give instruction to a wise man,.... In the Hebrew text it is only "give to a wise man"; give him reproof, correction, chastisement, doctrine, or instruction, be it what it will, he will be the better for it. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it, "give occasion"; to him of showing his wisdom and of improving in it:

and he will be yet wiser; he will learn something by every him that is given him, whether it be by way of rebuke, or by way of instruction;

teach a just man; one that is truly so, that has seen the insufficiency of his own righteousness, and has renounced that, and does not trust in it; and who has learned Christ, as the Lord his righteousness; has seen the glory, fulness, and suitableness of his righteousness, and trusts unto it and depends upon it; and in consequence of this lives soberly, righteously, and godly; teach such a man the doctrines of the Gospel, and every lesson of obedience and duty,

and he will increase in learning; he will grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ and all divine things; see Matthew 13:12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. The more a wise man learns, the more he loves wisdom.

Proverbs 9:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Way of Wisdom
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. 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:5
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

Proverbs 10:14
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Treasury of Scripture

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Matthew 13:11,12 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

1 John 2:20,21 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things…

1 John 5:13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the …

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