Proverbs 29:19
New International Version
Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.

New Living Translation
Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.

English Standard Version
By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond.

Berean Study Bible
A servant cannot be corrected by words alone; though he understands, he will not respond.

King James Bible
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

New King James Version
A servant will not be corrected by mere words; For though he understands, he will not respond.

New American Standard Bible
A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.

NASB 1995
A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.

NASB 1977
A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.

Amplified Bible
A servant will not be corrected by words alone; For though he understands, he will not respond [nor pay attention].

Christian Standard Bible
A servant cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn’t respond.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A slave cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn’t respond.

American Standard Version
A servant will not be corrected by words; For though he understand, he will not give heed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A Servant is not disciplined by words, for he knows that he will not be beaten.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A stubborn servant will not be reproved by words: for even if he understands, still he will not obey.

Contemporary English Version
Even when servants are smart, it takes more than words to make them obey.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A slave will not be corrected by words: because he understandeth what thou sayest, and will not answer.

English Revised Version
A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not give heed.

Good News Translation
You cannot correct servants just by talking to them. They may understand you, but they will pay no attention.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A slave cannot be disciplined with words. He will not respond, though he may understand.

International Standard Version
By mere words a servant will not be corrected; even though he understands, there will be no response.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A servant will not be corrected by words; For though he understand, there will be no response.

Literal Standard Version
By words a servant is not instructed though he understand, And there is nothing answering.

NET Bible
A servant cannot be corrected by words, for although he understands, there is no answer.

New Heart English Bible
A servant can't be corrected by words. Though he understands, yet he will not respond.

World English Bible
A servant can't be corrected by words. Though he understands, yet he will not respond.

Young's Literal Translation
By words a servant is not instructed though he understand, And there is nothing answering.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
18Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the Law. 19A servant cannot be corrected by words alone; though he understands, he will not respond. 20Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.…

Cross References
Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the Law.

Proverbs 29:20
Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.


Treasury of Scripture

A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

servant

Proverbs 26:3
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 30:22
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

through

Job 19:16
I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.









(19) A servant will not be corrected with words.--A slave must be corrected by sterner means; it is only fear of punishment which will move him; "for though he understand, he will not answer," will not reply to your call, or render obedience to your command. The willing obedience of a son, and the grudging obedience of a slave, are contrasted in Romans 8:15.

Verse 19. - A servant will not be corrected by words. Mere words will not suffice to teach a slave, any more than a child, true, practical wisdom. He needs severer measures, even the correction of personal discipline. Septuagint, "By words a stubborn (σκληρὸς) slave will not be instructed." The next clause gives an explanation of this necessity. For though he understand he will not answer. The answer is not merely the verbal response to a command, as, "I go, sir;" but it implies obedience in action. The reluctant slave thoroughly understands the order given, but he pays no heed to it, will not trouble himself to execute it, and therefore must meet with stern treatment (comp. ver. 15; Proverbs 23:13, etc.; Proverbs 26:3). "That servant which knew his Lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes" (Luke 12:47). Septuagint, "For even if he understand, he will not obey."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A servant
עָ֑בֶד (‘ā·ḇeḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

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

be corrected
יִוָּ֣סֶר (yiw·wā·ser)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3256: To discipline, chasten, admonish

by words [alone];
בִּ֭דְבָרִים (biḏ·ḇā·rîm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

though
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

he understands,
יָ֝בִ֗ין (yā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

he will not
וְאֵ֣ין (wə·’ên)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

respond.
מַעֲנֶֽה׃ (ma·‘ă·neh)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 4617: An answer, response


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