New International Version
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
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.
Proverbs 9:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If thou be wise - It is thy own interest to be religious. Though thy example may be very useful to thy neighbors and friends, yet the chief benefit is to thyself. But if thou scorn - refuse to receive - the doctrines of wisdom, and die in thy sins, thou alone shalt suffer the vengeance of an offended God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Temple of Wisdom
(Preached at Wellington College, All Saints' Day, 1866.) PROVERBS ix. 1-5. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and to him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. This allegory has been …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
To Pastors and Teachers
for each one should carry their own load.
"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?
If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.
Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
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