New International Version
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
King James Bible
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
Darby Bible Translation
He that despiseth his neighbour is void of heart; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
World English Bible
One who despises his neighbor is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is despising his neighbour lacketh heart, And a man of understanding keepeth silence.
Proverbs 11:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that is void of wisdom - A foolish man is generally abundant in his censures; he dwells on the defects of his neighbor, and is sure to bring them into the most prominent view. But a man of understanding - a prudent, sensible man, hides those defects wherever he can, and puts the most charitable construction on those which he cannot conceal.
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Chester Cathedral, Nave Service, Evening. May 1872. Proverbs xi. 31. "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner." This is the key-note of the Book of Proverbs--that men are punished or rewarded according to their deeds in this life; nay, it is the key-note of the whole Old Testament. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil, to root out …
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But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
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