Proverbs 17:10
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English Standard Version
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

King James Bible
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

American Standard Version
A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.

English Revised Version
A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

4 A profligate person giveth heed to perverse lips;

   Falsehood listeneth to a destructive tongue.

The meaning, at all events, is, that whoever gives ear with delight to words which are morally reprobate, and aimed at the destruction of neighbours, thereby characterizes himself as a profligate. Though מרע is probably not pred. but subj., yet so that what follows does not describe the מרע (the profligate hearkens...), but stamps him who does this as a מרע (a profligate, or, as we say: only a profligate...). מרע, for מרע, is warranted by Isaiah 9:16, where מרע (not מרע ton, according to which the Venet. here translates ἀπὸ κακοῦ) is testified to not only by correct codd. and editions, but also by the Masora (cf. Michlol 116b). הקשׁיב (from קשׁב, R. קש, to stiffen, or, as we say, to prick, viz., the ear) is generally united with ל or אל, but, as here and at Proverbs 29:12; Jeremiah 6:19, also with על. און, wickedness, is the absolute contrast of a pious and philanthropic mind; הוּת, from הוּה, not in the sense of eagerness, as Proverbs 10:3; Proverbs 11:6, but of yawning depth, abyss, catastrophe (vid., at Psalm 5:10), is equivalent to entire destruction - the two genitives denote the property of the lips and the tongue (labium nequam, lingua perniciosa), on the side of that which it instrumentally aims at (cf. Psalm 36:4; Psalm 52:4): practising mischief, destructive plans. שׁקר beginning the second line is generally regarded as the subj. parallel with מרע, as Luther, after Jerome, "A wicked man gives heed to wicked mouths, and a false man listens willingly to scandalous tongues." It is possible that שׁקר denotes incarnate falsehood, as רמיּה, Proverbs 12:27, incarnate slothfulness, cf. מרמה, Proverbs 14:25, and perhaps also Proverbs 12:17; צדק, Psalm 58:2, תּוּשׁיּה, Micah 6:9; יצר סמוּך, Isaiah 26:13, etc., where, without supplying אישׁ (אנשׁי), the property stands instead of the person possession that property. The clause, that falsehood listeneth to a deceitful tongue, means that he who listens to it characterizes himself thereby, according to the proverb, simile simili gaudet, as a liar. But only as a liar? The punctuation before us, which represents מרע by Dechi as subj., or also pred., takes שׁקר מזין as obj. with מזין as its governing word, and why should not that be the view intended? The representation of the obj. is an inversion less bold than Isaiah 22:2; Isaiah 8:22, and that על here should not be so closely connected with the verb of hearing, as 4a lies near by this, that הקשׁיב על is elsewhere found, but not האזין על. Jewish interpreters, taking שׁקר as obj., try some other meaning of מזין than auscultans; but neither זון, to approach, nor זין, to arm (Venet. ψεῦδος ὁπλίζει), gives a meaning suitable to this place. מזין is equivalent to מאזין. As אאזין, Job 32:11, is contracted into אזין, so must מאזין, if the character of the part. shall be preserved, become מזין, mediated by מיזין.

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or a reproof aweth more a wise man than to strike a fool an hundred times.

Proverbs 9:8,9 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you...

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son hears his father's instruction: but a scorner hears not rebuke.

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

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Proverbs 27:22 Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Proverbs 29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head...

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Cross References
Proverbs 17:9
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:11
An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

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