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

  • 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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