Proverbs 3:35
New International Version
The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

New Living Translation
The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!

English Standard Version
The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

Berean Study Bible
The wise will inherit honor, but fools are held up to shame.

New American Standard Bible
The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

King James Bible
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Christian Standard Bible
The wise will inherit honor, but he holds up fools to dishonor.

Contemporary English Version
You will be praised if you are wise, but you will be disgraced if you are a stubborn fool.

Good News Translation
Wise people will gain an honorable reputation, but stupid people will only add to their own disgrace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wise will inherit honor, but He holds up fools to dishonor.

International Standard Version
The wise will inherit honor, but he holds fools up for ridicule.

NET Bible
The wise inherit honor, but he holds fools up to public contempt.

New Heart English Bible
The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wise will inherit honor and fools will receive disgrace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wise people will inherit honor, but fools will bear disgrace.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wise shall inherit honour; But as for the fools, they carry away shame.

New American Standard 1977
The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

King James 2000 Bible
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the recompense of fools.

American King James Version
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

American Standard Version
The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The wise shall inherit glory; but the ungodly have exalted their own dishonour.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.

Darby Bible Translation
The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of the foolish.

English Revised Version
The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

World English Bible
The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Honour do the wise inherit, And fools are bearing away shame!
Study Bible
The Blessings of Wisdom
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
Proverbs 8:5
O you simple, learn to be shrewd, and you foolish, gain understanding.

Proverbs 13:5
The righteous hate falsehood, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

Daniel 12:3
Then the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Treasury of Scripture

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

wise

Proverbs 4:8
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

1 Samuel 2:30
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Psalm 73:24
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

but

Proverbs 13:8
The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

Psalm 132:18
His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Isaiah 65:13-15
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: …

shall be the promotion of fools







Lexicon
The wise
חֲכָמִ֣ים (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

will inherit
יִנְחָ֑לוּ (yin·ḥā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5157: To inherit, to occupy, to bequeath, distribute, instate

honor,
כָּ֭בוֹד (kā·ḇō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

but fools
וּ֝כְסִילִ֗ים (ū·ḵə·sî·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

are held up
מֵרִ֥ים (mê·rîm)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

to shame.
קָלֽוֹן׃ (qā·lō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7036: Disgrace, the pudenda
(35) Shame shall be the promotion 'of fools.--That is, dull, stupid people, who despise God's threatenings (Proverbs 1:32), are distinguished from others by what is a disgrace to them (Philippians 3:19), and so are noticeable only as examples to be shunned by others. (See Note on Proverbs 14:29.)

Verse 35. - The wise shall inherit glory. Proverbs 11:2 indicates that "the wise" here are to be identified with "the lowly" of the preceding verse. Inherit; succeed to it as a matter of course by hereditary right as sons. Heirship implies sonship. Glory (kavod); or, honour; not merely earthly distinction and splendour, the glory of man, but the "glory of God." But shame shall be the promotion of fools; or, as margin, shame exalteth the fools. The rendering of the original, vuk'silim merim kalon, depends upon the meaning to be given to merim, the hiph. participle of rum, hiph. "to lift up, exalt;" and whether the plural, k'silim, in a distributive sense, as in ver. 18, or kalon, is the subject. Various interpretations have been given of the passage.

(1) The Vulgate renders, stultorum exaltatio ignominia; i.e. as in the Authorized Version, "shame exalts fools." They "glory in their shame" (Philippians 2:19); or shame renders them conspicuous as warning examples (Ewald); or, as Dathe explains it, "Stulti infamia sunt famosi," "Fools become famous by infamy;" or as Rabbi Levi, "Shame exalts them as into the air, and makes them vanish away."

(2) The LXX. renders, Αἱ ἀσεβεῖς ὕψωσαν ἀτιμίαν, i.e. "Fools exalt shame, prize what others despise" (Plumptre).

(3) Umbreit, Bertheau, Zockler, render, "Shame sweeps fools away," i.e. lifts them up in order to sweep away and destroy them (cf. Isaiah 57:14).

(4) The true rendering seems to be given by Michaelis, "Fools carry away shame" as their portion. So the Targum, Delitzsch, Hitzig, Wordsworth. They look for "promotion." They attain such as it is, but the end of their attainments is "shame and everlasting contempt." As the wise inherit glory, so fools get as their portion shame and ignominy.



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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