Proverbs 27:22
Good News Translation
Even if you beat fools half to death, you still can't beat their foolishness out of them.

Contemporary English Version
No matter how hard you beat a fool, you can't pound out the foolishness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Though thou shouldst bray a fool in the mortar, as when a pestle striketh upon sodden barley, his folly would not be taken from him.

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Though thou shouldst bray a fool in the mortar, as when a pestle striketh upon sodden barley, his folly would not be taken from him.

Proverbs 23:25 Let thy father and thy mother be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore thee.

Exodus 12:30 And Pharao arose in the night, and all his servants, and all Egypt: and there arose a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house wherein there lay not one dead.

Exodus 14:5 And it was told the king of the Egyptians that the people was fled: and the heart of Pharao and of his servants was changed with regard to the people, and they said: What meant we to do, that we let Israel go from serving us?

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said: I will pursue and overtake, I will divide the spoils, my soul shall have its fill: I will draw my sword, my hand shall slay them.

2 Chronicles 28:22,23 Moreover also in the time of his distress he increased contempt against the Lord: king Achaz himself by himself, . . .

Isaiah 1:5 For what shall I strike you any more, you that increase transgression? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart is sad.

Jeremiah 5:3 O Lord, thy eyes are upon truth: thou hast struck them, and they have not grieved: thou hast bruised them, and they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than the rock, and they have refused to return.

Jeremiah 44:15,16 Then all the men that knew that their wives sacrificed to other gods: and all the women of whom there stood by a great multitude, and all the people of them that dwelt in the land of Egypt in Phatures, answered Jeremiah, saying: . . .

Revelation 16:10,11 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast. And his kingdom became dark: and they gnawed their tongues for pain. . . .

Context
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
21As silver is tried in the fining-pot, and gold in the furnace: so a man is tried by the mouth of him that praiseth. The heart of the wicked seeketh after evils, but the righteous heart seeketh after knowledge. 22Though thou shouldst bray a fool in the mortar, as when a pestle striketh upon sodden barley, his folly would not be taken from him.23Be diligent to know the countenance of thy cattle, and consider thy own flocks:…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:35
And thou shalt say: They have beaten me, but I was not sensible of pain: they drew me, and I felt not: when shall I awake and find wine again?

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly.

Jeremiah 5:3
O Lord, thy eyes are upon truth: thou hast struck them, and they have not grieved: thou hast bruised them, and they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than the rock, and they have refused to return.

Jeremiah 13:23
If the Ethiopian can change his skin, or the leopard his spots: you also may do well, when you have learned evil.

Additional Translations
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with bruised grain, Yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Though thou scourge a fool, disgracing him in the midst of the council, thou wilt still in no wise remove his folly from him.

If thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his folly depart from him.

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among bruised corn, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Though thou shouldst bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.

If thou dost beat the foolish in a mortar, Among washed things -- with a pestle, His folly turneth not aside from off him.
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