Proverbs 9:8

“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Reproue not a scorner, lest hee hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and hee will loue thee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate thee: Reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not say sharp words to a man of pride, or he will have hate for you; make them clear to a wise man, and you will be dear to him.
- Basic English Bible

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise [man], and he will love thee.
- Darby Bible

Reprove not a scorner, lest he shall hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
- Webster's Bible

Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
- World English Bible

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee, Give reproof to the wise, and he loveth thee.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 9:8


9:8 A scorner - An obstinate and incorrigible sinner.


Discussion for Proverbs 9:8

  • I think this verse is saying that if you rebuke a scorner, he then feels ridicule, so he despises you and if you do the same to a wise man then he still seems superior and he loves you for drawing attention to him.

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