Proverbs 14:6
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New International Version
The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

King James Bible
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Darby Bible Translation
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and there is none [for him]; but knowledge is easy unto the intelligent.

World English Bible
A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn't find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.

Young's Literal Translation
A scorner hath sought wisdom, and it is not, And knowledge to the intelligent is easy.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A scorner seeketh wisdom - I believe the scorner means, in this book, the man that despises the counsel of God; the infidel. Such may seek wisdom; but he never can find it, because he does not seek it where it is to be found; neither in the teaching of God's Spirit, nor in the revelation of his will.

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Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: see, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?

Matthew 6:22,23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light...

Matthew 11:25-27 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth...

Romans 1:21-28 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations...

Romans 9:31,32 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness...

1 Corinthians 3:18,19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise...

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

2 Peter 3:3-5 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts...

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Proverbs 8:9 They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge.

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Psalm 119:18,98-100 Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law...

Matthew 13:11,12 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given...

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

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A Startling Statement
TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

Sin the Mocker
'Fools make a mock at sin; but among the righteous there is favour.'--Proverbs xiv, 9. The wisdom of this Book of Proverbs is not simply intellectual, but it has its roots in reverence and obedience to God, and for its accompaniment, righteousness. The wise man is the good man, and the good man is the godly man. And as is wisdom, so its opposite, folly, is not only intellectual feebleness--the bad man is a fool, and the godless is a bad man. The greatest amount of brain-power cultivated to the highest
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria. Gregory to Eulogius, &c. Our common son, the bearer of these presents, when he brought the letters of your Holiness found me sick, and has left me sick; whence it has ensued that the scanty water of my brief epistle has been hardly able to exude to the large fountain of your Blessedness. But it was a heavenly boon that, while in a state of bodily pain, I received the letter of your Holiness to lift me up with joy for the instruction of the heretics of the city
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

The Intercession of Christ
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us! T he Redemption of the soul is precious. Fools make mock of sin (Proverbs 14:9) . But they will not think lightly of it, who duly consider the majesty, authority, and goodness of Him, against whom it is committed; and who are taught, by what God actually has done, what sin rendered necessary to be done, before a sinner could have a well-grounded
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Proverbs 1:5
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

Proverbs 8:9
To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.

Proverbs 14:5
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

Proverbs 14:7
Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

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