Proverbs 19:25
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New American Standard Bible
Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.

King James Bible
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; reprove the intelligent, and he will understand knowledge.

World English Bible
Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
A scorner smite, and the simple acts prudently, And give reproof to the intelligent, He understandeth knowledge.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Words which embrace nearly the whole theory of punishment. If the man who offends is a "scorner," hardened beyond all hope of reformation, then punish him by way of retribution and example, and let the penalty be sharp, that even the unwary and careless may beware. If the man be "understanding," then let the punishment take the form of discipline. Admonish, reprove, educate.

Proverbs 19:25 Parallel Commentaries

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How the Impatient and the Patient are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 10.) Differently to be admonished are the impatient and the patient. For the impatient are to be told that, while they neglect to bridle their spirit, they are hurried through many steep places of iniquity which they seek not after, inasmuch as fury drives the mind whither desire draws it not, and, when perturbed, it does, not knowing, what it afterwards grieves for when it knows. The impatient are also to be told that, when carried headlong by the impulse of emotion, they act in some
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

"Boast not Thyself of to Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
Prov. xxvii. 1.--"Boast not thyself of to morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." As man is naturally given to boasting and gloriation in something (for the heart cannot want some object to rest upon and take complacency in, it is framed with such a capacity of employing other things), so there is a strong inclination in man towards the time to come, he hath an immortal appetite, and an appetite of immortality; and therefore his desires usually stretch farther than the present
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.

Proverbs 9:7
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.

Proverbs 9:8
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

Proverbs 21:11
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

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