Proverbs 21:11

“When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiueth knowledge.”

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Other Translations

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
- King James Version

When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When the man of pride undergoes punishment, the simple man gets wisdom; and by watching the wise he gets knowledge.
- Basic English Bible

When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
- Darby Bible

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
- Webster's Bible

When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
- World English Bible

When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise, And in giving understanding to the wise He receiveth knowledge.
- Youngs Literal Bible

When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 21:11


21:11 The wise - The simple learn wisdom, both from the punishment of wicked men, and from the prosperity of good men.


Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:30 there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against THE LORD HEBREWS 10:31 it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living GOD HEBREWS 10:36 for you have need of patience that after you have done the will of GOD you might receive the promise PSALM 119:1 blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of THE LORD
  • Will of my father
    A brawling woman is not a Godly woman. The man and the woman must yield to the leading of the Holy Ghost just as the bride of Christ (the chuch) to Him that your prayers be not hindered. Check out 1 Peter 3
  • Donna
    I'm shocked and sadden. Are these Christians responding here. You talk only about the nagging wife.-But there is a root to this fruit. "Why?" She is responding to something wrong. How she responds gets on the man's nerves, but there is something the man is lacking here. It is responsiblity. When she responds like this, it may make you want to be anywhere but there, but She has unmet needs. Love h
  • Benny
    Clay it's just saying who can mess with the creator? You can't touch his absolute superiority on all counts.
  • Cynthia
    In life there are so many enemies of destiny and talking about our plans most times gives them the edge to manipulate. It is better to talk your plans over to God than man. He will give you better direction. So, thank God for this word that came to me today as a reminder that I should talk less about my plans and depend on God to help achieve my plans. Also, I don t need to have an opinion in every matter that is brought around me. Sometimes, people capitalize on the word you say and use it against you. I have been in so many situations to know that most times having no opinion is better than be a smart aleck . So yes, He who keeps his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from trouble.
  • BSP
    It is important that we keep our words in check and we can avoid a lot of problems if we think before we speak.

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