New Living Translation
So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.
King James Bible
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.
World English Bible
Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Young's Literal Translation
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee, Give reproof to the wise, and he loveth thee.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:8 A scorner - An obstinate and incorrigible sinner.
LibraryAn 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
"Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine. Don't let me refuse it. But I pray constantly against the wicked and their deeds.
The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.
A wise child accepts a parent's discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.
If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
But the people were silent and did not utter a word because Hezekiah had commanded them, "Do not answer him."
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