Proverbs 27:22
New International Version
Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.

New Living Translation
You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.

English Standard Version
Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.

Berean Study Bible
Though you grind a fool like grain with mortar and a pestle, yet his folly will not depart from him.

King James Bible
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

New King James Version
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

New American Standard Bible
Though you pound the fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, His foolishness still will not leave him.

NASB 1995
Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

NASB 1977
Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his folly will not depart from him.

Amplified Bible
Even though you pound a [hardened, arrogant] fool [who rejects wisdom] in a mortar with a pestle like grain, Yet his foolishness will not leave him.

Christian Standard Bible
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him.

American Standard Version
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with bruised grain, Yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you strike a fool in the assembly, you do not help him, neither do you remove his foolishness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Though thou scourge a fool, disgracing him in the midst of the council, thou wilt still in no wise remove his folly from him.

Contemporary English Version
No matter how hard you beat a fool, you can't pound out the foolishness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Though thou shouldst bray a fool in the mortar, as when a pestle striketh upon sodden barley, his folly would not be taken from him.

English Revised Version
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among bruised corn, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Good News Translation
Even if you beat fools half to death, you still can't beat their foolishness out of them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you crush a stubborn fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, [even then] his stupidity will not leave him.

International Standard Version
Though you crush a fool in a mortar and pestle as someone might crush grain, his stupidity still won't leave him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among groats, Yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Literal Standard Version
If you beat the foolish in a mortar, Among washed things—with a pestle, His folly does not turn aside from off him.

NET Bible
If you should pound the fool in the mortar among the grain with the pestle, his foolishness would not depart from him.

New Heart English Bible
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.

World English Bible
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost beat the foolish in a mortar, Among washed things -- with a pestle, His folly turneth not aside from off him.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
21A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but a man is tested by the praise accorded him. 22Though you grind a fool like grain with mortar and a pestle, yet his folly will not depart from him. 23Be sure to know the state of your flocks, and pay close attention to your herds;…

Cross References
Proverbs 23:35
"They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I did not know it! When can I wake up to search for another drink?"

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Jeremiah 5:3
O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.

Jeremiah 13:23
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Neither are you able to do good--you who are accustomed to doing evil.


Treasury of Scripture

Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Proverbs 23:25
Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Exodus 12:30
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Exodus 14:5
And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?









(22) Though thou shouldest bray (i.e., pound) a fool (a self-willed, headstrong person) in a mortar among wheat with a pestle.--This would separate completely the husks from the wheat; but obstinacy has become a part of such a man's nature, and cannot be got rid of even by such violent measures.

Verse 22. - Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle. "To bray" is to pound or beat small. "Wheat," רִיפות, riphoth (only in 2 Samuel 17:19), "bruised corn." Vulgate, In pila quasi ptisanas (barley groats) feriente; Aquila and Theodotion, Ἐν μέσῳ ἐμπτισσομένων "In the midst of grains of corn being pounded." The LXX., reading, differently, has, "Though thou scourge a fool, disgracing him (ἐν μεσῳ συνεδρίου) in the midst of the congregation." Of course, the process of separating the husks from the corn by the use of pestle and mortar is much more delicate and careful than threshing in the usual clumsy way; hence is expressed the idea that the most elaborate pains are wasted on the incorrigible fool (see on Proverbs 1:20). His foolishness will not depart from him. An obstinate, self-willed, unprincipled man cannot be reformed by any means; his folly has become a second nature, and is not to be eliminated by any teaching, discipline, or severity. There is, too, a judicial blindness, when, after repeated warnings wilfully rejected and scorned, the sinner is left to himself, given over to a reprobate mind "Whoso teacheth a fool," Siracides pronounces, "is as one that glueth a potsherd together, and as he that waketh one from a sound sleep" (Ecclus. 22:7). Again, "The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he liveth" (Ecclus. 21:14). In Turkey, we are told, great criminals were beaten to pieces in huge mortars of iron, in which they usually pounded rice. "You cannot straighten a dog's tail, try as you may," says a Telugu maxim (Lane). There is a saying of Schiller's which is quite proverbial, "Heaven and earth fight in vain against a dunce." Horace, 'Epist.,' 1:10, 24 -

"Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret." Juvenal, 'Sat.,' 13:239 -

"Tamen ad mores natura recurrit
Damnatos, fixa et mutari nescia."


Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Though
אִ֥ם (’im)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you grind
תִּכְתּֽוֹשׁ־ (tiḵ·tō·wōš-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3806: To pound, pound fine, bray

a fool
הָאֱוִ֨יל ׀ (hā·’ĕ·wîl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 191: Foolish

in a mortar
בַּֽמַּכְתֵּ֡שׁ (bam·maḵ·têš)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4388: A mortar, a socket

with a pestle
בַּֽעֱלִ֑י (ba·‘ĕ·lî)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5940: A pestle

along with
בְּת֣וֹךְ (bə·ṯō·wḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8432: A bisection, the centre

grain,
הָ֭רִיפוֹת (hā·rî·p̄ō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 7383: Perhaps grain

[yet] his folly
אִוַּלְתּֽוֹ׃ (’iw·wal·tōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 200: Silliness

will not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

depart
תָס֥וּר (ṯā·sūr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5493: To turn aside

from him.
מֵ֝עָלָ֗יו (mê·‘ā·lāw)
Preposition-m | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


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