Proverbs 3:34
New International Version
He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

New Living Translation
The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.

English Standard Version
Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.

Berean Study Bible
He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.

New American Standard Bible
Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.

King James Bible
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Christian Standard Bible
He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD sneers at those who sneer at him, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.

Good News Translation
He has no use for conceited people, but shows favor to those who are humble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.

International Standard Version
Though God scoffs at scoffers, he gives grace to the humble.

NET Bible
Although he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, yet he shows favor to the humble.

New Heart English Bible
Surely he is scornful to scoffers, but he gives grace to the humble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he will overthrow mockers, and he will hover over the wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he mocks the mockers, he is gracious to humble people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If it concerneth the scorners, He scorneth them, But unto the humble He giveth grace.

New American Standard 1977
Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely he scorns the scorners; but he gives grace unto the humble.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely he scorns the scornful: but he gives grace unto the lowly.

American King James Version
Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

American Standard Version
Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord resists the proud; but he gives grace to the humble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall scorn the scorners, and to the meek he will give grace.

Darby Bible Translation
He indeed scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

English Revised Version
Surely he scorneth the scorners, but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace to the lowly.

World English Bible
Surely he mocks the mockers, but he gives grace to the humble.

Young's Literal Translation
If the scorners He doth scorn, Yet to the humble He doth give grace.
Study Bible
The Blessings of Wisdom
33The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous. 34He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble. 35The wise will inherit honor, but fools are held up to shame.…
Cross References
James 4:6
But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

1 Peter 5:5
Young men, in the same way, submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

Psalm 18:26
to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd.

Psalm 138:6
Though the LORD is on high, He attends to the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar.

Proverbs 14:9
Fools mock the making of amends, but goodwill is found among the upright.

Proverbs 16:19
It is better to be lowly in spirit among the humble than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 21:24
Proud, Arrogant, and Mocker are the names of him who acts with excessive pride.

Treasury of Scripture

Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

he scorneth

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.







Lexicon
He
הֽוּא־ (hū-)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

mocks
לַלֵּצִ֥ים (lal·lê·ṣîm)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3887: Ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker

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

but gives
יִתֶּן־ (yit·ten-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

grace
חֵֽן׃ (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

to the humble.
וְ֝לַעֲנָוִ֗ים (wə·la·‘ă·nā·wîm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble
(34) Surely he scorneth the scorners.--Rather, If, or, Although he scorns the scorners, yet to the lowly he giveth grace. Another form of the teaching of Proverbs 1:24-33. If man rejects God's offers of mercy, they will in time be withdrawn from him. And so, as man deals with God, will God at last deal with him. (Comp. Leviticus 26:23-24; Psalm 18:25-26; Psalm 81:11-12; Romans 1:24-26.) The verse is quoted in James 4:6 and 1Peter 5:5.

Verse 34. - Surely he scorneth the scorners; literally, if with regard to the scorners he scorneth (im lalletsim hu yalits); i.e. he repays scorn with scorn; or, as Rabbi Salomon, "He renders to them so that they fall in their own derision (reddit ipsis ut in sua derisione corruant)." He renders their schemes abortive. He resists them. The scorners (letsim) are those who treat with scoffing regard the precepts and truths of God; the arrogant, proud, insolent, here placed in contrast with "the lowly." Vulgate, derisores; LXX., ὐπερήφανοι, "the overbearing." The לְ for (l'ha), prefixed to letsim, signifies "with regard to," as in Job 32:4 (cf. Psalm 16:3, "With regard to the saints (lik'ddshim), in them only I delight"). But he giveth grace unto the lowly; or, on the other hand, the לְה prefixed to laanayim, "to the lowly," having that antithetical force here as in Job 8:20. The lowly (anayyim); Vulgate, mansueti; LXX., ταπωῖνοι; properly, "the afflicted," with added notion of submission and lowly demeanour, and hence the meek, gentle - the gentle towards man, and the abased and lowly before God. St. James (James 4:6) quotes the LXX. of this passage, "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." With the exception of substituting Κύριος for Θεός (cf. 1 Peter 5:5), our Lord's parable of the Pharisee and publican illustrates the teaching of this verse (Luke 18:9-14). 3:27-35 Our business is to observe the precepts of Christ, and to copy his example; to do justice, to love mercy, and to beware of covetousness; to be ready for every good work, avoiding needless strife, and bearing evils, if possible, rather than seeking redress by law. It will be found there is little got by striving. Let us not envy prosperous oppressors; far be it from the disciples of Christ to choose any of their ways. These truths may be despised by the covetous and luxurious, but everlasting contempt will be the portion of such scorners, while Divine favour is shown to the humble believer.
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