Proverbs 11:12
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New International Version
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

King James Bible
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour is void of heart; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

World English Bible
One who despises his neighbor is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising his neighbour lacketh heart, And a man of understanding keepeth silence.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that is void of wisdom - A foolish man is generally abundant in his censures; he dwells on the defects of his neighbor, and is sure to bring them into the most prominent view. But a man of understanding - a prudent, sensible man, hides those defects wherever he can, and puts the most charitable construction on those which he cannot conceal.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Judges 9:27-29,38 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and stepped the grapes, and made merry...

Nehemiah 4:2-4 And he spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves...

Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt...

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Luke 18:9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

John 7:48-52 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him...

void of wisdom

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.

2 Kings 18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:

The Present Recompense
Chester Cathedral, Nave Service, Evening. May 1872. Proverbs xi. 31. "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner." This is the key-note of the Book of Proverbs--that men are punished or rewarded according to their deeds in this life; nay, it is the key-note of the whole Old Testament. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil, to root out
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Soul Winner
A sermon (No. 1292) delivered on Thursday evening, January 20th, 1876, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."--Proverbs 11:30. I had very great joy last night--many of you know why but some do not. We held our annual meeting of the church, and it was a very pleasant sight to see so many brethren and sisters knit together in the heartiest love, welded together as one mass by common sympathies,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Jesus, My Rock.
When the storm and the tempest are raging around me, Oh! where shall I flee to be safe from their shock? There are walls which no mortal hands built to surround me, A Refuge Eternal,--'Tis JESUS MY ROCK! When my heart is all sorrow, and trials aggrieve me, To whom can I safely my secrets unlock? No bosom (save one) has the power to relieve me, The bosom which bled for me, JESUS MY ROCK! When Life's gloomy curtain, at last, shall close o'er me, And the chill hand of death unexpectedly knock, I will
John Ross Macduff—The Cities of Refuge: or, The Name of Jesus

George Muller, and the Secret of His
POWER IN PRAYER WHEN God wishes anew to teach His Church a truth that is not being understood or practised, He mostly does so by raising some man to be in word and deed a living witness to its blessedness. And so God has raised up in this nineteenth century, among others, George Muller to be His witness that He is indeed the Hearer of prayer. I know of no way in which the principal truths of God's word in regard to prayer can be more effectually illustrated and established than a short review
Andrew Murray—With Christ in the School of Prayer

Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 11:11
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

Proverbs 14:21
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

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