Proverbs 21:11
New International Version
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.

New Living Translation
If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

English Standard Version
When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; and when a wise man is instructed, he acquires knowledge.

King James Bible
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

New King James Version
When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

NASB 1995
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

NASB 1977
When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Amplified Bible
When the scoffer is punished, the naive [observes the lesson and] becomes wise; But when the wise and teachable person is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Christian Standard Bible
When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires knowledge.

American Standard Version
When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When an intemperate man is punished the simple becomes wiser: and a wise man understanding will receive knowledge.

Contemporary English Version
An ignorant fool learns by seeing others punished; a sensible person learns by being instructed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When a pestilent man is punished, the little one will be wiser: and if he follow the wise, he will receive knowledge.

English Revised Version
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Good News Translation
When someone who is conceited gets his punishment, even an unthinking person learns a lesson. One who is wise will learn from what he is taught.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a mocker is punished, a gullible person becomes wise, and when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge.

International Standard Version
When a mocker is punished, the fool gains wisdom; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the scorner is punished, the thoughtless is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Literal Standard Version
When the scorner is punished, the simple becomes wise, "" And in giving understanding to the wise He receives knowledge.

NET Bible
When a scorner is punished, the naive becomes wise; when a wise person is instructed, he gains knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

World English Bible
When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
When the scorner is punished, the simple becometh wise, And in giving understanding to the wise He receiveth knowledge.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
The King's Heart
10The soul of the wicked man craves evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. 11When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; and when a wise man is instructed, he acquires knowledge. 12The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.…

Cross References
Proverbs 9:7
He who corrects a mocker brings shame on himself; he who rebukes a wicked man taints himself.

Proverbs 19:25
Strike a mocker, and the simple will beware; rebuke the discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.


Treasury of Scripture

When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

the scorner

Proverbs 19:25
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Numbers 16:34
And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

Deuteronomy 13:11
And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

when the wise

Proverbs 1:5
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Proverbs 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 15:14
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.









(11) When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise.--See above on Proverbs 19:25.

Verse 11. - When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise. We had the same thought at Proverbs 19:25 (where see note). The simple (parvulus, Vulgate) profit by the punishment of the incorrigibly evil But the wise need not chastisement for their improvement. When the wise is instructed (Psalm 32:6), he (the wise) receiveth knowledge. The wise man uses every opportunity, takes advantage of every circumstance and event, to increase his knowledge and experience. The Vulgate carries on the subject, "And if he (the simple) follow the wise man, he shall attain knowledge." Septuagint, "When the intemperate man is punished, the simple is made cleverer; and a wise man understanding will receive knowledge." "For it often happens," says St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 18:38). "that the mind of the weak is the more unsteadied from the hearing of the truth, as it sees the despisers of the truth flourishing; but when just vengeance takes away the unjust, it keeps others away from wickedness."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
When a mocker
לֵ֭ץ‪‬ (lêṣ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3887: Ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker

is punished,
בַּעְנָשׁ־ (ba‘·nāš-)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6064: To urge, to inflict a, penalty, to fine

the simple
פֶּ֑תִי (pe·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

gain wisdom;
יֶחְכַּם־ (yeḥ·kam-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2449: To be wise

and when a wise man
לְ֝חָכָ֗ם (lə·ḥā·ḵām)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

is instructed,
וּבְהַשְׂכִּ֥יל (ū·ḇə·haś·kîl)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

he acquires
יִקַּח־ (yiq·qaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

knowledge.
דָּֽעַת׃ (dā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge


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