New International Version
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.
King James Bible
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise [man], and he will love thee.
World English Bible
Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Young's Literal Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee, Give reproof to the wise, and he loveth thee.
Proverbs 9:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that reproveth a scorner - לץ lets, the person who mocks at sacred things; the libertine, the infidel; who turns the most serious things into ridicule, and, by his wit, often succeeds in rendering the person who reproves him ridiculous. Wisdom seems here to intimate that it is vain to attempt by reproof to amend such: and yet we must not suffer sin upon our neighbor; at all hazards, we must deliver our own soul. But no reproof should be given to any, but in the spirit of love and deep concern; and when they contradict and blaspheme, leave them to God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe 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
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me--that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."
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