New International Version
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
King James Bible
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
In the lips of an intelligent [man] wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
World English Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
In the lips of the intelligent is wisdom found, And a rod is for the back of him who is lacking understanding.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A rod is for the back of him - He that can learn, and will not learn, should be made to learn. The rod is a most powerful instrument of knowledge. Judiciously applied, there is a lesson of profound wisdom in every twig.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Two-Fold Aspect of the Divine Working
'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Sanctions of Moral Law, Natural and Governmental.
How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!
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