Proverbs 27:11
Good News Translation
Be wise, my child, and I will be happy; I will have an answer for anyone who criticizes me.

Contemporary English Version
My child, show good sense! Then I will be happy and able to answer anyone who criticizes me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Study wisdom, my son, and make my heart joyful, that thou mayst give an answer to him that reproacheth.

New American Bible
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart, so that I can answer whoever taunts me.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Study wisdom, my son, and make my heart joyful, that thou mayst give an answer to him that reproacheth.

be wise

Proverbs 10:1 Treasures of wickedness shall profit nothing: but justice shall deliver from death.

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a father joyful: but the foolish man despiseth his mother.

Proverbs 23:15,16,24,25 My son, if thy mind be wise, my heart shall rejoice with thee: . . .

Ecclesiastes 2:18-21 Again I hated all my application wherewith I had earnestly laboured under the sun, being like to have an heir after me, . . .

2 John 1:4 I was exceeding glad that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

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Psalm 119:42 So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I have trusted in thy words.

Psalm 127:4,5 As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them that have been shaken. . . .

Context
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
10Thy own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not: and go not into thy brother's house in the day of thy affliction. Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother afar off. 11Study wisdom, my son, and make my heart joyful, that thou mayst give an answer to him that reproacheth.12The prudent man seeing evil hideth himself: little ones passing on have suffered losses.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:10
And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that judge the earth.

Psalm 119:42
So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I have trusted in thy words.

Psalm 127:5
Blessed is the man that hath filled the desire with them; he shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 10:1
Treasures of wickedness shall profit nothing: but justice shall deliver from death.

Proverbs 23:15
My son, if thy mind be wise, my heart shall rejoice with thee:

Proverbs 23:25
Let thy father and thy mother be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore thee.

Proverbs 26:16
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that speak sentences.

Proverbs 27:12
The prudent man seeing evil hideth himself: little ones passing on have suffered losses.

Proverbs 29:3
A man that loveth wisdom, rejoiceth his father: but he that maintaineth harlots, shall squander away his substance.

Additional Translations
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart, so that I can answer him who taunts me.My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproaches me.

My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Son, be wise, that thy heart may rejoice; and remove thou from thyself reproachful words.

Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me.

My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart, then I can answer my tormentor.

Be wise, my son, and rejoice my heart. And I return my reproacher a word.
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