The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 9:7–12

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He that correcteth a scorner getteth to himself shame, and he that reproveth a wicked man, it becometh unto him a blot.

Correction for a bad man brings disgrace; the wicked man is rebuked by his own blemish.

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Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

Rebuke not evil men, lest they should hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Do not be willing to argue with a mocker, lest he hate you. Dispute with the wise, and he will love you.

Give to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Give an opportunity to a wise man, and he will be wiser: instruct a just man, and he will receive more instruction.

Present an opportunity to the wise, and wisdom shall be added to him. Teach the just, and he will hurry to receive it.

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10  The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the All-holy is understanding.

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the counsel of saints is understanding: for to know the law is the character of a sound mind.

10  The reverence of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the righteous is understanding.

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11  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

11  For in this way thou shalt live long, and years of thy life shall be added to thee.

11  For by me, your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you.

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12  If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.'

12  Son, if thou be wise for thyself, thou shalt also be wise for thy neighbours; and if thou shouldest prove wicked, thou alone wilt bear the evil. He that stays himself upon falsehoods, attempts to rule the winds, and the same will pursue birds in their fight: for he has forsaken the ways of his own vineyard, and he has caused the axles of his own husbandry to go astray; and he goes through a dry desert, and a land appointed to drought, and he gathers barrenness with his hands.

12  If you would be wise, you will be so for yourself. But if you would be one who ridicules, you alone shall carry the evil.