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Proverbs 21:11

    Proverbs 21:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When the man of pride undergoes punishment, the simple man gets wisdom; and by watching the wise he gets knowledge.

    Webster's Revision

    When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

    World English Bible

    When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 21:11

    When the scorner is punished - When those who mock at religion, blaspheme against its Author, and endeavor to poison society, and disturb the peace of the community by their false doctrine, meet with that degree of punishment which their crimes, as far as they affect the public peace, deserve; then the simple, who were either led away, or in danger of being led away, by their pernicious doctrines, are made wise. And when those thus made wise are instructed in the important truths which have been decried by those unprincipled men, then they receive knowledge; and one such public example is made a blessing to thousands. But only blasphemy against God and the Bible should be thus punished. Private opinion the state should not meddle with.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 21:11

    21:11 The wise - The simple learn wisdom, both from the punishment of wicked men, and from the prosperity of good men.