Proverbs 9:8
New International Version
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.

New Living Translation
So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.

English Standard Version
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Berean Study Bible
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

New American Standard Bible
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

King James Bible
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke the wise, and he will love you.

Contemporary English Version
Any bragger you correct will only hate you. But if you correct someone who has common sense, you will be loved.

Good News Translation
Never correct conceited people; they will hate you for it. But if you correct the wise, they will respect you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

International Standard Version
Don't rebuke a mocker or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person, and he will love you.

NET Bible
Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you; reprove a wise person and he will love you.

New Heart English Bible
Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not rebuke an evil one, lest he hate you, but rebuke a wise one, for he will love you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you. Warn a wise person, and he will love you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; Reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

New American Standard 1977
Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you, Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Chasten not a scorner lest he hate thee; chasten a wise man, and he will love thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

American King James Version
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

American Standard Version
Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate thee: Reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Rebuke not evil men, lest they should hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Rebuke not a scorner lest he hate thee. Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise [man], and he will love thee.

English Revised Version
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he shall hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

World English Bible
Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Young's Literal Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee, Give reproof to the wise, and he loveth thee.
Study Bible
The Way of Wisdom
7He who corrects a mocker will bring shame on himself; he who rebukes a wicked man will be tainted. 8Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:8
A wise heart will receive commandments, but foolish lips will come to ruin.

Proverbs 13:1
A wise son heeds his father's discipline, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 15:12
A mocker does not love to be reproved, nor will he consult the wise.

Proverbs 19:25
Strike a mocker, and the simple will beware; rebuke the discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

Isaiah 36:21
But the people remained silent and did not answer a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, "Do not answer him."

Treasury of Scripture

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

reprove

Proverbs 23:9
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Proverbs 29:1
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Numbers 14:6-10
And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: …

rebuke

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Proverbs 28:23
He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

Leviticus 19:17
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.







Lexicon
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

rebuke
תּ֣וֹכַח (tō·w·ḵaḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

a mocker
לֵ֭ץ (lêṣ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3887: Ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker

or
פֶּן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 6435: Removal, lest

he will hate you;
יִשְׂנָאֶ֑ךָּ (yiś·nā·’e·kā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8130: To hate

rebuke
הוֹכַ֥ח (hō·w·ḵaḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

a wise man,
לְ֝חָכָ֗ם (lə·ḥā·ḵām)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

and he will love you.
וְיֶאֱהָבֶֽךָּ׃ (wə·ye·’ĕ·hā·ḇe·kā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f
Verse 8. - Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee (see the last note, and comp. Proverbs 15:12, and note there). There are times when reproof only hardens and exasperates. "It is not proper," says St. Gregory, "for the good man to fear lest the scorner should utter abuse at him when he is chidden, but lest, being drawn into hatred, he should be made worse" ('Moral.,' 8:67). "Bad men sometimes we spare, and not ourselves, if from the love of those we cease from the rebuking of them. Whence it is needful that we sometimes endure keeping to ourselves what they are, in order that they may learn in us by our good living what they are not" (ibid., 20:47, Oxford transl.). Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. So Psalm 141:5, "Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me, it shall be as oil upon the head; let not my head refuse it" (comp. Proverbs 19:25; Proverbs 25:12; Proverbs 27:6). 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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