Proverbs 25:12
New International Version
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

New Living Translation
To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

English Standard Version
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Berean Study Bible
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.

King James Bible
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

New King James Version
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

New American Standard Bible
Like an earring of gold and a jewelry piece of fine gold, Is a wise person who offers rebukes to a listening ear.

NASB 1995
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

NASB 1977
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Amplified Bible
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to an ear that listens and learns.

Christian Standard Bible
A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

American Standard Version
As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold,'so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An earring of gold and precious Sardius, so is the reproof of the wise to the ear of the hearer.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
In an ear-ring of gold a precious sardius is also set; so is a wise word to an obedient ear.

Contemporary English Version
Listening to good advice is worth much more than jewelry made of gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As an earring of gold and a bright pearl, so is he that reproveth the wise, and the obedient ear.

English Revised Version
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Good News Translation
A warning given by an experienced person to someone willing to listen is more valuable than gold rings or jewelry made of the finest gold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a gold ring and a fine gold ornament, [so] is constructive criticism to the ear of one who listens.

International Standard Version
Like a gold earring and a necklace of pure gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, So is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Literal Standard Version
A ring of gold, and an ornament of pure gold, [Is] the wise reprover to an attentive ear.

NET Bible
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens.

New Heart English Bible
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.

World English Bible
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.

Young's Literal Translation
A ring of gold, and an ornament of pure gold, Is the wise reprover to an attentive ear.

Additional Translations ...
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. 12Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear. 13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.…

Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Exodus 32:2
So Aaron told them, "Take off the gold earrings that are on your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me."

Exodus 35:22
So all who had willing hearts, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings, rings and necklaces, and all kinds of gold jewelry. And they all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.

2 Samuel 1:24
O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and luxury, who decked your garments with ornaments of gold.

Job 28:17
Neither gold nor crystal can compare to it, nor jewels of fine gold be exchanged for it.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:31
He who listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.


Treasury of Scripture

As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover on an obedient ear.

an ear-ring

Job 42:11
Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

a wise

Proverbs 1:8,9
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: …

Proverbs 9:8
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Proverbs 15:5,31,32
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent…









Verse 12. - Another distich concerning the seasonable word, of the same character as the last. As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold. In this, as in many of the proverbs, the comparison is not expressed, but is merely implied by juxtaposition. Nezem, in Proverbs 11:22, was a nose ring, here probably an earring is meant; chali, "ornament," is a trinket or jewel worn suspended on neck or breast. The two, whether worn by one person or more, form a lovely combination, and set off the wearer's grace and beauty. Vulgate, Inauris aurea et margaritum fulgens, "A golden earring and a brilliant pearl." Septuagint, "A golden earring a precious sardius also is set." So is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. The obedient ear receives the precepts of the wise reprover, and wears them as a valued ornament. In Proverbs 1:9 the instruction of parents is compared to a chaplet on the head and a fair chain on the neck. Septuagint, "A wise word on an obedient ear."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
[Like] an earring
נֶ֣זֶם (ne·zem)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5141: A ring (worn as an ornament)

of gold
זָ֭הָב (zā·hāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky

or an ornament
וַחֲלִי־ (wa·ḥă·lî-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2481: An ornament

of fine gold
כָ֑תֶם (ḵā·ṯem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3800: Something carved out, ore, gold

is a wise man’s
חָ֝כָ֗ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2450: Wise

rebuke
מוֹכִ֥יחַ (mō·w·ḵî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a listening
שֹׁמָֽעַת׃ (šō·mā·‘aṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

ear.
אֹ֥זֶן (’ō·zen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 241: Broadness, the ear


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