New International Version
The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.
King James Bible
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
Darby Bible Translation
The purpose of folly is sin, and the scorner is an abomination to men.
World English Bible
The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.
Young's Literal Translation
The thought of folly is sin, And an abomination to man is a scorner.
Proverbs 24:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The thought of foolishness is sin - זמת אולת חטאת zimmath ivveleth chattath. "The device of folly is transgression;" or, "an evil purpose is sinful;" or, perhaps more literally, "the device of the foolish is sin." It has been variously understood by the versions.
"The cunning: of the fool is sin."
"The imprudent man (or fool, αφρων) shall die in sins."
So the Arabic.
The thinkynge of the fool is synne
- Old MS. Bible.
Fool is here taken for a wicked man, who is not only evil in his actions, but every thought of his heart is evil, and that continually. A simple thought about foolishness, or about sin itself, is not sinful; it is the purpose or device, the harbouring evil thoughts, and devising how to sin, that is criminal.
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'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise …
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Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
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For out of the heart come evil thoughts--murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
The proud and arrogant person--"Mocker" is his name-- behaves with insolent fury.
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