Proverbs 9:12
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English Standard Version
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

King James Bible
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

American Standard Version
If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; And if thou scoffest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou be wise, thou shalt be so to thyself: and if a scorner, thou alone shalt bear the evil.

English Revised Version
If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself: and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Proverbs 9:12 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

That פתאים is a plur. with abstract signification (according to which the four Greek and the two Aramaean translations render it; the Graec. Venet., however, renders τοὺς νηπίους) is improbable; the author forms the abstr. Proverbs 9:13 otherwise, and the expression here would be doubtful. For פתאים is here to be rendered as the object-accus.: leave the simple, i.e., forsake this class of men (Ahron b. Joseph; Umbreit, Zckler); or also, which we prefer (since it is always a singular thought that the "simple" should leave the "simple"), as the vocative, and so that עזבוּ means not absolutely "leave off" (Hitzig), but so that the object to be thought of is to be taken from פתאים: give up, leave off, viz., the simple (Immanuel and others; on the contrary, Rashi, Meri, and others, as Ewald, Bertheau, decide in favour of פתאים as n. abstr.). Regarding וחיוּ, for et vivetis, vid., Proverbs 4:4. The lxx, paraphrasing: ἵνα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα βασιλεύσητε. אשׁר is related to אשׁוּר (אשׁוּר) is דּרך to דּרך; the Piel, not in its intrans. (vid., Proverbs 4:14) but in its trans. sense (Isaiah 1:17; Isaiah 3:12, etc.), shows that the idea of going straight out and forwards connects itself therewith. The peculiarity of the פתי is just the absence of character.

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Proverbs 16:26 He that labors labors for himself; for his mouth craves it of him.

Job 22:2,3,21 Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself...

Job 35:6,7 If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you to him...

Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be you not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption...

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father...

2 Peter 3:3,4,16 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts...

Cross References
Galatians 6:5
For each will have to bear his own load.

Job 22:2
"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

Job 35:7
If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand?

Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

Proverbs 19:29
Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.

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