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Proverbs 14:9

    Proverbs 14:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A trespass-offering mocketh fools; But among the upright there is good will.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    In the tents of those hating authority there is error, but in the house of the upright man there is grace.

    Webster's Revision

    A trespass-offering mocketh fools; But among the upright there is good will.

    World English Bible

    Fools mock at making atonement for sins, but among the upright there is good will.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The foolish make a mock at guilt: but among the upright there is good will.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 14:9

    Fools make a mock at sin - And only fools would do so. But he that makes a sport of sinning, will find it no sport to suffer the vengeance of an eternal fire. Some learned men by their criticisms have brought this verse into embarrassments, out of which they were not able to extricate it. I believe we shall not come much nearer the sense than our present version does.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 14:9

    Fools make a mock - The verb in the Heb. is singular, the noun plural. The King James Version assumes that the number is altered to individualize the application of the maxim. Others translate it: "Sin mocks the fools who are its victims," i. e., disappoints and ruins them; or, "A sin-offering does but mock the worshippers when they are willfully wicked:" they expect to gain God's favor, and do not gain it. So taken it becomes parallel to Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 21:7.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 14:9

    14:9 Favour - They find favour both with God and men.