Parallel Strong'sHolman Christian Standard BibleStrike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.
New American Standard BibleStrike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
King James BibleSmite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.
Parallel VersesInternational Standard Version
If you scourge a scoffer, the simple person may learn to be discreet; rebuke a discerning man and he will gain understanding.
American Standard Version
Smite a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; And reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
Young's Literal Translation
A scorner smite, and the simple acts prudently, And give reproof to the intelligent, He understandeth knowledge.
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