Proverbs 9:7

“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that reproueth a scorner, getteth to himselfe shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man, getteth himselfe a blot.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man {gets} insults for himself.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that correcteth a scoffer getteth to himself reviling; And he that reproveth a wicked man `getteth' himself a blot.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who gives teaching to a man of pride gets shame for himself; he who says sharp words to a sinner gets a bad name.
- Basic English Bible

He that instructeth a scorner getteth to himself shame; and he that reproveth a wicked [man] [getteth] to himself a blot.
- Darby Bible

He that reproveth a scorner, getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
- Webster's Bible

He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.
- World English Bible

The instructor of a scorner Is receiving for it -- shame, And a reprover of the wicked -- his blemish.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that correcteth a scorner getteth to himself shame, and he that reproveth a wicked man, it becometh unto him a blot.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 9:7


9:7 A former - He shews whom he meant by the foolish, ver.#6|, even scorners and wicked men, and presses his last advice of forsaking them because there was no good, but hurt to be got from them.


Discussion for Proverbs 9

  • Miranda Taylor
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. v10
  • Mr. Smith
    Both Wisdom vs 4 and Foolish vs 16 cry out to the same person to come in. Wisdom, our divine spiritual imagination and Foolishness, our own sense realm, beckon our attention. One leads to life and understanding and one to death and destruction. Choose this day whom ye shall serve. I set before thee life and death, blessing and cursing. The ongoing human struggle.
  • Master Prophet
    It teaches a Women how to examine her ro live in the Obedience to God. We must acknowledge that only what we do doe God will be counted for.
  • Irene123
    V. 8 is referring to a 'wise' man who is walking in the 'light' of the Word of God; he has God's spirit in him and therefore has God's love for souls and will welcome any correction from a fellow Christian in that walk - so he will be right with God. He won't feel condemned if the correction is given gently in the spirit of God's love.
  • Irene123
    I like Gina's comment on Pro. 9:12 - 11/30/'14 .....
  • Steven Wong
    Proverbs 9:13-18 to me mean a choice before me : better if we walk the path of wisdom or bitter the path of folly. I called these paths brain tracks. The names that follows each track are name of spirits.
    1. Sonship/Daughtership
    Offence>Forgiveness >Mercy>Grace>Love
    2. Orphan aka Folly
    Offence>Unforgiveness>Resentment >Bitterness >Revenge >Slander or Murder or Stealing

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