New American Standard Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
King James Bible
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
Darby Bible Translation
If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
World English Bible
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.
Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast been wise, thou hast been wise for thyself, And thou hast scorned -- thyself bearest it.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The great law of personal retribution (compare Matthew 7:2). The Septuagint makes a curious addition to this verse, "My son, if thou wilt be wise for thyself, thou shalt be wise also for thy neighbors; but if thou turn out evil, thou alone shalt bear evil. He who resteth on lies shall guide the winds, and the same shall hunt after winged birds, for he hath left the ways of his own vineyard, and has gone astray with the wheels of his own husbandry. He goeth through a wilderness without water, and over a land set in thirsty places, and with his hands he gathereth barrenness."
LibraryLetter xxi (Circa A. D. 1128) to the Abbot of S. John at Chartres
To the Abbot of S. John at Chartres Bernard dissuades him from resigning his charge, and undertaking a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. 1. As regards the matters about which you were so good as to consult so humble a person as myself, I had at first determined not to reply. Not because I had any doubt what to say, but because it seemed to me unnecessary or even presumptuous to give counsel to a man of sense and wisdom. But considering that it usually happens that the greater number of persons of sense--or …
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures
For each one will bear his own load.
"Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?
"If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand?
The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.
Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
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