Proverbs 26:3
New International Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

New Living Translation
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!

English Standard Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.

Berean Study Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

New American Standard Bible
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.

New King James Version
A whip for the horse, A bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the fool’s back.

King James Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Christian Standard Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.

Contemporary English Version
Horses and donkeys must be beaten and bridled--and so must fools.

Good News Translation
You have to whip a horse, you have to bridle a donkey, and you have to beat a fool.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.

International Standard Version
A whip is for the horses, a bridle is for the donkey, a rod is for the back of fools.

NET Bible
A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

New Heart English Bible
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A whip for a horse and a goad for a donkey, so also is a rod for the fool.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A whip is for the horse, a bridle is for the donkey, and a rod is for the backs of fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

New American Standard 1977
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

King James 2000 Bible
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

American King James Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

American Standard Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, And a rod for the back of fools.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As a whip for a horse, and a goad for an ass, so is a rod for a simple nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

Darby Bible Translation
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

English Revised Version
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

World English Bible
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!

Young's Literal Translation
A whip is for a horse, a bridle for an ass, And a rod for the back of fools.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
2Like a fluttering sparrow or darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. 3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! 4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be like him.…
Cross References
Psalm 32:9
Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding; they must be controlled with bit and bridle to make them come to you.

Proverbs 10:13
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

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

Treasury of Scripture

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 10:13
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 17:10
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 19:25
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Lexicon
A whip
שׁ֣וֹט (šō·wṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7752: A scourge, whip

for the horse,
לַ֭סּוּס (las·sūs)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5483: A swallow, swift (type of bird)

a bridle
מֶ֣תֶג (me·ṯeḡ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4964: A bridle

for the donkey,
לַחֲמ֑וֹר (la·ḥă·mō·wr)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2543: A male ass

and a rod
וְ֝שֵׁ֗בֶט (wə·šê·ḇeṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

for the backs
לְגֵ֣ו (lə·ḡêw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1460: The back, the middle

of fools!
כְּסִילִֽים׃ (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool
Verse 3. - A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass. We should be inclined to invert the words, and say a bridle for the horse, and a whip for the ass; but it must be remembered that in early times the horse was not ridden, but only driven. The animals used in riding were the ass and mule, and sometimes the camel. The Eastern ass is really a fine animal, larger, more spirited, and more active than the poor creature which we are wont to see. Or the whip and bridle may be intended to apply to both animals, though divided between the two for rhythmical or antithetical reasons (see on Proverbs 10:1). A rod for the fool's back. Sharp correction is beth useful and necessary for the fool (so Proverbs 10:13; Proverbs 19:29). Similar treatment Siracides advises to be employed in the case of an idle servant (Ecclus. 30:24-28). Septuagint, "As a whip for a horse and a goad for an ass, so is a rod for a lawless nation."
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