Proverbs 9:12

“If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thy selfe: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt beare it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; And if thou scoffest, thou alone shalt bear it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if your heart is full of pride, you only will have the pain of it.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

If thou hast been wise, thou hast been wise for thyself, And thou hast scorned -- thyself bearest [it].
- Youngs Literal Bible

If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 9:12


9:12 For thyself - Thou dost not profit me but thyself.


Discussion for Proverbs 9:12

  • Anonymous for verse 12
    A wise man will hear, and will increase learning and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Proverbs 1:5
  • God is wiser. You cannot out smart him.
  • If you are wise, you do not reflect the teachings of God, wise is actually being vain. If you are ridiculing or being cruel to someone, you will pay the price yourself for it is not God 's way for us to be this way.

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