Proverbs 19:25

“Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; and reprooue one that hath vnderstanding, and he will vnderstand knowledge.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Smite a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; And reprove one that hath understanding, `and' he will understand knowledge.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When blows overtake the man of pride, the simple will get sense; say sharp words to the wise, and knowledge will be made clear to him.
- Basic English Bible

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove the intelligent, and he will understand knowledge.
- Darby Bible

Smite a scorner and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
- Webster's Bible

Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
- World English Bible

A scorner smite, and the simple acts prudently, And give reproof to the intelligent, He understandeth knowledge.
- Youngs Literal Bible

When thou smitest a scorner, the simple will become prudent; and when one that hath understanding is reproved, he will understand knowledge.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 19:25


19:25 Scorner - An obstinate and impudent transgressor. Simple - Who sin thro' ignorance, being possibly drawn to it by the scorner's evil counsel or example. Reprove - A verbal reproof will be more effectual for his reformation, than the severest punishments will be to a scorner.


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