New International Version
The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
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.
Proverbs 14:6 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A scorner seeketh wisdom - I believe the scorner means, in this book, the man that despises the counsel of God; the infidel. Such may seek wisdom; but he never can find it, because he does not seek it where it is to be found; neither in the teaching of God's Spirit, nor in the revelation of his will.
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TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our …
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot
Sin the Mocker
Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
The Intercession of Christ
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
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