Proverbs 9:12
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New Living Translation
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to 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
Wesley's Notes on the Bible

9:12 For thyself - Thou dost not profit me but thyself.

Proverbs 9:12 Parallel Commentaries

An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
The object of this chapter is to present a rudimentary outline and summary of all that Augustin penned or spoke against those traditional North African Christians whom he was pleased to regard as schismatics. It will be arranged, so far as may be, in chronological order, following the dates suggested by the Benedictine edition. The necessary brevity precludes anything but a very meagre treatment of so considerable a theme. The writer takes no responsibility for the ecclesiological tenets of the
St. Augustine—writings in connection with the donatist controversy.

The Gospel Feast
"When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat?"--John vi. 5. After these words the Evangelist adds, "And this He said to prove him, for He Himself knew what He would do." Thus, you see, our Lord had secret meanings when He spoke, and did not bring forth openly all His divine sense at once. He knew what He was about to do from the first, but He wished to lead forward His disciples, and to arrest and
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Galatians 6:5
For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Job 22:2
"Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?

Job 35:7
If you are good, is this some great gift to him? What could you possibly give him?

Proverbs 14:14
Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward.

Proverbs 19:29
Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.

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