Proverbs 3:12
New International Version
because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

New Living Translation
For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

English Standard Version
for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Berean Study Bible
for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, as does a father the son in whom he delights.

King James Bible
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

New King James Version
For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

New American Standard Bible
For whom the LORD loves He disciplines, Just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

NASB 1995
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

NASB 1977
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights.

Amplified Bible
For those whom the LORD loves He corrects, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

Christian Standard Bible
for the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.

American Standard Version
For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the one whom LORD JEHOVAH loves, he disciplines, as a father disciplines his son.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
for whom the Lord loves, he rebukes, and scourges every son whom he receives.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD corrects everyone he loves, just as parents correct a child they dearly love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself.

English Revised Version
For whom the LORD loveth he reproveth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Good News Translation
The LORD corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because the LORD warns the one he loves, even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.

International Standard Version
because the LORD corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For whom the LORD loveth He correcteth, Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Literal Standard Version
For whom YHWH loves He reproves, Even as a father the son He is pleased with.

NET Bible
For the LORD disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

New Heart English Bible
For whom the LORD loves he disciplines, and punishes every son he accepts.

World English Bible
for whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

Young's Literal Translation
For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth, Even as a father the son He is pleased with.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Trust in the LORD
11My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD, and do not loathe His rebuke; 12for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, as does a father the son in whom he delights.

Cross References
Hebrews 12:6
For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises every son He receives."

Revelation 3:19
Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent.

Deuteronomy 8:5
So know in your heart that just as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

Psalm 94:12
Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law,

Proverbs 13:24
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.


Treasury of Scripture

For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 29:17
Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

Deuteronomy 8:5
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Psalm 103:13
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.









Verse 12. - In this verse the motive for submissiveness to Jehovah's corrections is brought forward. They are corrections, but they are the corrections of love. One of the most touching relationships of life, and that with which we are most familiar, viz. that of father and son, is employed to reconcile us to Jehovah's afflictive dispensations. A comparison is drawn. God corrects those whom he loves after the same manner as a father corrects ("correcteth" has to be understood from the first hemistich) the son whom he loves. The idea of the passage is evidently taken from Deuteronomy 8:5, "Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee." The idea of the paternal relationship of God to mankind is found elsewhere (Jeremiah 31:9; Malachi 2:10), and especially finds expression in the Lord's prayer. When the truth of this passage is learned, we shall be drawn to, rather than repelled from, God by his corrections. The gracious end of earthly trials is expressed in Hebrews 12:6, 2; cf. Romans 5:3-5; 2 Corinthians 4:17 (Wardlaw). "These gracious words (Hebrews 12.) are written in Holy Scripture for our comfort and instruction; that we should patiently and with thanksgiving bear our heavenly Father's correction, whensoever by any manner of adversity it shall please his gracious goodness to visit us" (see Visitation Office). Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth (vuk'av eth-ben yir'tseh); literally, even as a father the son be delighteth in. Various renderings have been given to this passage.

(1) Delitzsch, De Wette, et al., agree with the Authorized Version, and take ו vav, as explicative, and yir'tseh, "in whom he delighteth," as a relative sentence. The ו is used in this explanatory sense in 1 Samuel 28:3 (see Gesenius, § 155, 1 a). The relative usher, "whom," is omitted in the original, according to the rule that the relative is omitted, especially in poetry, where it would stand as a pronoun in the nominative or accusative case (comp. Psalm 7:16, "And he falls into the pit (which) he made;" and Proverbs 5:13). We have the same elision of the relative in the English colloquial expression, "the friend I met" (see Gesenius, § 123:3, a).

(2) Hitzig and Zockler translate, "and holds him dear as a father his son." This, though grammatically correct, does not preserve the parallelism. It serves only to expand the idea of love, whereas the predominant idea of the verse is that of correction, to which love is an accessory idea (see Delitzsch). For similar parallels, see Deuteronomy 8:5 as before, and Psalm 103:13. In the comparison which is instituted, yir'tseh, "in whom he delighteth," corresponds with eth asher ye'hav y'hovah, "whom the Lord loveth," and not with yokiah, "correcteth."

(3) Kamph translates, "and (dealeth) as a father (who) wisheth well to his son." This is substantially the same as the Authorized Version, except that in the relative sentence "son" is made accusative after yir'tseh, here translated, "wisheth well to," and the emitted relative (asher) is placed in the nominative instead of the accusative case. . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
for
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the LORD
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

disciplines
יוֹכִ֑יחַ (yō·w·ḵî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

those
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

He loves,
יֶאֱהַ֣ב (ye·’ĕ·haḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

as a father
וּ֝כְאָ֗ב (ū·ḵə·’āḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1: Father

the son
בֵּ֥ן (bên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

[in whom] he delights.
יִרְצֶֽה׃ (yir·ṣeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7521: To be pleased with, to satisfy a, debt


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