New American Standard Bible
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
King James Bible
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
Darby Bible Translation
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and there is none for him; but knowledge is easy unto the intelligent.
World English Bible
A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn't find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.
Young's Literal Translation
A scorner hath sought wisdom, and it is not, And knowledge to the intelligent is easy.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Findeth it not - literally, there is none. The successful pursuit of wisdom presupposes at least earnestness and reverence. The scoffer shuts himself out from the capacity of recognizing truth.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
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