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Proverbs 9:8–9

lDo not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

mreprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Give instruction2 to a wise man, and he will be nstill wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will oincrease in learning.

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Proverbs 9:8–9 — The New International Version (NIV)

Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;

rebuke the wise and they will love you.

Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;

teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:

Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:

Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — New Living Translation (NLT)

So don’t bother correcting mockers;

they will only hate you.

But correct the wise,

and they will love you.

Instruct the wise,

and they will be even wiser.

Teach the righteous,

and they will learn even more.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;

Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — New Century Version (NCV)

Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you.

But correct the wise, and they will love you.

Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser;

teach good people, and they will learn even more.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Reprove not a scoffer, lest he hate thee:

Reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:

Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee. Impart to a wise man, and he will become yet wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you.

Warn a wise person, and he will love you.

Give advice to a wise person,

and he will become even wiser.

Teach a righteous person,

and he will learn more.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;

rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;

teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

A scoffer who is rebuked will only hate you;

the wise, when rebuked, will love you.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still;

teach the righteous and they will gain in learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Do not rebuke a scoffer, lest he hate you;

rebuke the wise and he will love you.

Give to a wise one and he will become more wise;

teach a righteous one and he will increase learning.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Don’t warn those who make fun of others. They will hate you.

Warn those who are wise. They will love you.

Teach a wise man. He will become even wiser.

Teach a person who does right. He will learn even more.

Proverbs 9:8–9 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,

Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,

Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.