Proverbs 9:12
New International Version
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

New Living Translation
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

English Standard Version
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Berean Study Bible
If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage; but if you scoff, you alone will bear the consequences.

New American Standard Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

King James Bible
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Christian Standard Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences."

Contemporary English Version
Good sense is good for you, but if you brag, you hurt yourself.

Good News Translation
You are the one who will profit if you have wisdom, and if you reject it, you are the one who will suffer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences."

International Standard Version
If you are wise, your wisdom will assist you. If you mock, you alone will be held responsible.

NET Bible
If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, but if you are a mocker, you alone must bear it.

New Heart English Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, if you are wise, you are wise for yourself and for your friends, and if you will be evil, you alone will draw out your evils. The one who denies falsely, feeds on the winds and pursues a bird of the sky, for he has forsaken his service to travel in the desert without water, and from beside the path of his vineyard, and he forgets the trodden paths; he travels in thirst, and he will gather nothing!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you are wise, your wisdom will help you. If you mock, you alone will be held responsible.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; And if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.'

New American Standard 1977
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

King James 2000 Bible
If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scoff, you alone shall bear it.

American King James Version
If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.

American Standard Version
If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; And if thou scoffest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Son, if thou be wise for thyself, thou shalt also be wise for thy neighbours; and if thou shouldest prove wicked, thou alone wilt bear the evil. He that stays himself upon falsehoods, attempts to rule the winds, and the same will pursue birds in their fight: for he has forsaken the ways of his own vineyard, and he has caused the axles of his own husbandry to go astray; and he goes through a dry desert, and a land appointed to drought, and he gathers barrenness with his hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou be wise, thou shalt be so to thyself: and if a scorner, thou alone shalt bear the evil.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

English Revised Version
If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself: and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

World English Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast been wise, thou hast been wise for thyself, And thou hast scorned -- thyself bearest it.
Study Bible
The Way of Wisdom
11For through wisdom your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. 12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage; but if you scoff, you alone will bear the consequences.
Cross References
Galatians 6:5
For each one should carry his own load.

Job 22:2
"Can a man be of use to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?

Job 35:7
If you are righteous, what do you give Him, or what does He receive from your hand?

Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart will have the fill of his own ways, but a good man will be rewarded for his.

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

Treasury of Scripture

If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.

Proverbs 16:26
He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

Job 22:2,3,21
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? …

Job 35:6,7
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? …







Lexicon
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you are wise,
חָ֭כַמְתָּ (ḥā·ḵam·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2449: To be wise

you are wise
חָכַ֣מְתָּ (ḥā·ḵam·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2449: To be wise

to your own advantage;
לָּ֑ךְ (lāḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

but if you scoff,
וְ֝לַ֗צְתָּ (wə·laṣ·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3887: Ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker

you alone
לְֽבַדְּךָ֥ (lə·ḇad·də·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 905: Separation, a part of the body, branch of a, tree, bar for, carrying, chief of

will bear [the consequences].
תִשָּֽׂא׃ (ṯiś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take
(12) Thou shalt be wise for thyself--i.e., to thine own benefit. (Comp. 1Corinthians 3:8.)

Thou alone shalt bear it--i.e., its penalty. (Comp. Galatians 6:5.)

Verse 12. - If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself. A transition verse. Wisdom will bring thee good; as thou hast laboured well, so will be thy reward (1 Corinthians 3:8). The LXX. (Syriac and Arabic), with the idea of perfecting the antithesis, adds, καὶ τοῖς πλησίον, "My son, if thou art wise for thyself, thou shalt be wise also for thy neighbours" - which contains the great truth that good gifts should not be selfishly enjoyed, but used and dispensed for the advantage of others (Galatians 6:6). In support of our text we may quote Job 22:2, "Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself." But if thou scornest, thou alone shalt hear it; i.e. atone for it, bear the sin, as it is expressed in Numbers 9:13, "Forevery man shall bear his own burden" (Galatians 6:5). Thus Wisdom ends her exhortation. Septuagint, "If thou turn out evil, thou alone shalt bear (ἀντλήσεις) evils." And then is added the following paragraph, which may possibly be derived from a Hebrew original, but seems more like a congeries made up from other passages, and foisted by some means into the Greek text: "He that stayeth himself on lies shepherdeth winds, and himself pursueth flying birds; for he hath left the ways of his own vineyard, and hath gone astray with the wheels of his own husbandry; and he goeth through a waterless desert, and over a land set in thirsty places, and with his hands he gathereth unfruitfulness." 9:1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.
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