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

New Living Translation
It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet.

English Standard Version
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks judgment, but a man of understanding remains silent.

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

New King James Version
He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace.

New American Standard Bible
One who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a person of understanding keeps silent.

NASB 1995
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.

NASB 1977
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.

Amplified Bible
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.

Christian Standard Bible
Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a person with understanding keeps silent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.

American Standard Version
He that despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that despises his neighbor is deficient in mind and a man of understanding dwells in quietness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A man void of understanding sneers at his fellow citizens: but a sensible man is quiet.

Contemporary English Version
It's stupid to say bad things about your neighbors. If you are sensible, you will keep quiet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man will hold his peace.

English Revised Version
He that despiseth his neighbour is void of wisdom: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Good News Translation
It is foolish to speak scornfully of others. If you are smart, you will keep quiet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who despises a neighbor has no sense, but a person who has understanding keeps quiet.

International Standard Version
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but the discerning man controls his comments.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that despiseth his neighbour lacketh understanding; But a man of discernment holdeth his peace.

Literal Standard Version
Whoever is despising his neighbor lacks heart, And a man of understanding keeps silence.

NET Bible
The one who denounces his neighbor lacks wisdom, but the one who has discernment keeps silent.

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

Additional Translations ...
Context
Dishonest Scales
11By the blessing of the upright a city is built up, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down. 12Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks judgment, but a man of understanding remains silent. 13A gossip reveals a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
He who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 11:11
By the blessing of the upright a city is built up, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.

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

Proverbs 14:21
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor.


Treasury of Scripture

He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.

that

Judges 9:27-29,38
And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech…

Nehemiah 4:2-4
And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? …

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

void of wisdom

Proverbs 10:19
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth 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 him 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.









Verse 12. - He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor; uses words of contempt about his neighbour. Septuagint, "sneers at his fellow citizens." The following clause indicates that contemptuous language is chiefly intended. Holdeth his peace. An intelligent man is slow to condemn, makes allowance for others' difficulties, and, if he cannot approve, at least knows how to be silent. Nam nulli tacuisse nocet nocet esse locutum. "Speech is silver," says the proverb, "silence is golden." Septuagint, "A man of sense keeps quiet."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Whoever shows contempt
בָּז־ (bāz-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 936: To disrespect

for his neighbor
לְרֵעֵ֥הוּ (lə·rê·‘ê·hū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

lacks
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment,
לֵ֑ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

but a man
וְאִ֖ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of understanding
תְּבוּנ֣וֹת (tə·ḇū·nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

holds his peace.
יַחֲרִֽישׁ׃ (ya·ḥă·rîš)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise


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