Proverbs 9:9
New International Version
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

New Living Translation
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.

English Standard Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Berean Study Bible
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

King James Bible
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

New King James Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

New American Standard Bible
Give instruction to a wise person and he will become still wiser; Teach a righteous person and he will increase his insight.

NASB 1995
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

NASB 1977
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

Amplified Bible
Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser; Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

Christian Standard Bible
Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still; teach the righteous, and he will learn more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.”

American Standard Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Give opportunity to a wise man that again he may learn wisdom, and teach the righteous that he may progress beyond his teacher.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Give an opportunity to a wise man, and he will be wiser: instruct a just man, and he will receive more instruction.

Contemporary English Version
If you have good sense, instruction will help you to have even better sense. And if you live right, education will help you to know even more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give an occasion to a wise man, and wisdom shall be added to him. Teach a just man, and he shall make haste to receive it.

English Revised Version
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Good News Translation
Anything you say to the wise will make them wiser. Whatever you tell the righteous will add to their knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give [advice] to a wise person, and he will become even wiser. Teach a righteous person, and he will learn more.

International Standard Version
Counsel a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will add to his learning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Literal Standard Version
Give to the wise, and he is wiser still, Make known to the righteous, And he increases learning.

NET Bible
Give instruction to a wise person, and he will become wiser still; teach a righteous person and he will add to his learning.

New Heart English Bible
Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

World English Bible
Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Young's Literal Translation
Give to the wise, and he is wiser still, Make known to the righteous, And he increaseth learning.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Way of Wisdom
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. 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.…

Cross References
Proverbs 1:5
let the wise listen and gain instruction, and the discerning acquire wise counsel

Proverbs 10:14
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool invites destruction.


Treasury of Scripture

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 1:5
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Proverbs 25:12
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Hosea 6:3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.









(9) Give instruction to a wise man.--Comp. Matthew 13:12; Matthew 25:29.

Verse 9. - Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. The Hebrew is merely "give to the wise," with no object mentioned; but the context suggests "instruction," even though, as in ver. 8, it takes the form of rebuke. Vulgate and Septuagint, "Give an opportunity to a wise man, and he will be wiser" (comp. Matthew 13:12; Matthew 25:29). To make the best use of all occasions of learning duty, whether they present themselves in a winning or a forbidden shape, is the part of one who is wise unto salvation (see Proverbs 1:5, and note there). Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Wisdom being a moral and not merely an intellectual, quality. there is a natural interchange of "wise" and "just," referring to the same individual, in the two clauses. Vulgate, festinabit accipere; Septuagint, "Instruct a wise man, and he shall have more given him." The wise are thus rewarded with larger measures of wisdom, because they are simple, humble, and willing to learn, having that childlike spirit which Christ commends (Matthew 18:3).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Instruct
תֵּ֣ן (tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

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

and he will be wiser
וְיֶחְכַּם־ (wə·yeḥ·kam-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2449: To be wise

still;
ע֑וֹד (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

teach
הוֹדַ֥ע (hō·w·ḏa‘)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

a righteous man,
לְ֝צַדִּ֗יק (lə·ṣad·dîq)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

and he will increase
וְי֣וֹסֶף (wə·yō·w·sep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3254: To add, augment

[his] learning.
לֶֽקַח׃ (le·qaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3948: Something received, instruction, inveiglement


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