Proverbs 9:12
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New International Version
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

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

Darby Bible Translation
If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

World English Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast been wise, thou hast been wise for thyself, And thou hast scorned -- thyself bearest it.

Proverbs 9:12 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If thou be wise - It is thy own interest to be religious. Though thy example may be very useful to thy neighbors and friends, yet the chief benefit is to thyself. But if thou scorn - refuse to receive - the doctrines of wisdom, and die in thy sins, thou alone shalt suffer the vengeance of an offended God.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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...

Library
The Temple of Wisdom
(Preached at Wellington College, All Saints' Day, 1866.) PROVERBS ix. 1-5. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and to him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. This allegory has been
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

To Pastors and Teachers
To Pastors and Teachers If all who laboured for the conversion of others were to introduce them immediately into Prayer and the Interior Life, and make it their main design to gain and win over the heart, numberless as well as permanent conversions would certainly ensue. On the contrary, few and transient fruits must attend that labour which is confined to outward matters; such as burdening the disciple with a thousand precepts for external exercises, instead of leaving the soul to Christ by the
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

Cross References
Galatians 6:5
for each one should carry their own load.

Job 22:2
"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?

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 faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

Proverbs 19:29
Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

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