Proverbs 14:9
New International Version
Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

New Living Translation
Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

English Standard Version
Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.

Berean Study Bible
Fools mock the making of amends, but goodwill is found among the upright.

New American Standard Bible
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.

King James Bible
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Christian Standard Bible
Fools mock at making reparation, but there is goodwill among the upright.

Contemporary English Version
Fools don't care if they are wrong, but God is pleased when people do right.

Good News Translation
Foolish people don't care if they sin, but good people want to be forgiven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fools mock at making restitution, but there is goodwill among the upright.

International Standard Version
Fools make fun of guilt, but among the upright there are good intentions.

NET Bible
Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.

New Heart English Bible
Fools mock at making atonement for sins, but among the upright there is good will.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The households of the evil are rightly begging for cleansing, and the households of the righteous are acceptable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stubborn fools make fun of guilt, but there is forgiveness among decent people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Amends pleadeth for fools; But among the upright there is good will.

New American Standard 1977
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fools speak sin unto themselves, but among the righteous there is love.

King James 2000 Bible
Fools make a mockery of sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

American King James Version
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

American Standard Version
A trespass-offering mocketh fools; But among the upright there is good will.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The houses of transgressors will need purification; but the houses of the just are acceptable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool will laugh at sin, but among the just grace shall abide.

Darby Bible Translation
Fools make a mock at trespass; but for the upright there is favour.

English Revised Version
The foolish make a mock at guilt: but among the upright there is good will.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

World English Bible
Fools mock at making atonement for sins, but among the upright there is good will.

Young's Literal Translation
Fools mock at a guilt-offering, And among the upright -- a pleasing thing.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools deceives them. 9Fools mock the making of amends, but goodwill is found among the upright. 10The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares in its joy.…
Cross References
Leviticus 5:7
If, however, he cannot afford a lamb, he may bring to the LORD as restitution for his sin two turtledoves or two young pigeons--one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering.

Proverbs 3:34
He mocks the mockers, but gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 11:20
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their walk are His delight.

Treasury of Scripture

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

fools

Proverbs 1:22
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 10:23
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Proverbs 26:18,19
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, …

among

Proverbs 3:4
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:35
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Proverbs 12:2
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.







Lexicon
Fools
אֱ֭וִלִים (’ĕ·wi·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

mock
יָלִ֣יץ (yā·lîṣ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3887: Ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker

the making of amends,
אָשָׁ֑ם (’ā·šām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 817: Guilt, a fault, a sin-offering

but goodwill is found
רָצֽוֹן׃ (rā·ṣō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7522: Goodwill, favor, acceptance, will

among
וּבֵ֖ין (ū·ḇên)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 996: An interval, space between

the upright.
יְשָׁרִ֣ים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3477: Straight, right
(9) Fools make a mock at sin.--Rather, perhaps, sin mocks fools (they miss the gratification they expected from it); or, the sin-offering mocks them. God does not accept it, and so they have the trouble and cost of offering it for nothing; "but among the upright there is favour." God is well pleased with them.

Verse 9. - Fools make a mock at sin. So the Vulgate (comp. Proverbs 10:23). Fools, wicked men, commit sin lightly and cheerfully, give specious names to grievous transgressions, pass over rebuke with a joke, encourage others in crime by their easy way of viewing it. But in the original the verb is in the singular number, while the noun is plural, and the clause could be translated as in the Authorized Version only with the notion that the number of the verb is altered in order to individualize the application of the maxim ('Speaker's Commentary'). But there is no necessity for such a violent anomaly. The subject is doubtless the word rendered "sin" (asham) which means both "sin" and "sin offering." So we may render, "Sin mocks fools," i.e. deceives and disappoints them of the enjoyment which they expected. Or better, as most in harmony with the following member, "The sin offering of fools mocks them" (Proverbs 15:8). Thus Aquila and Theodotion, ἄφρονας χλευάζει πλημμέλεια, where πλημμέλεια may signify "sin offering" (Ecclus. 7:31). It is vain for such to seek to win God's favour by ceremonial observances; offerings from them are useless expenditure of cost and trouble (Proverbs 21:27). The Son of Sirach has well expressed this truth: "He that sacrificeth of a thing unlawfully gotten, his offering is mockery (μεμωκημένη), and the mockeries of unjust men are not well pleasing. The Most High is not pleased with the offerings of the godless, neither is he propitiated for sin by the multitude of sacrifices" (Ecclus. 31:18, 19). It is always the disposition of the heart that conditions the acceptableness of worship. Among the righteous there is favour - the favour and good will of God, which are bestowed upon them because their heart is right. The word ratson might equally refer to the good will of man, which the righteous gain by their kindness to sinners and ready sympathy; but in that case the antithesis would be less marked. Septuagint, "The houses of transgressors owe purification (ὀφειλήσουσι καθαρισμόν); but the houses of the just are aceeptable." This is explained to signify that sinners refuse to offer the sacrifice which they need for their legal purification; but the righteous, while they have no necessity for a sin offering, are acceptable when they present their free will vows and thanksgivings. 14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
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