Proverbs 13:1

1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

Proverbs 13:1 in Other Translations

1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
1 A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
1 Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing.
1 A wise son [hears his] father's instruction, but a mocker doesn't listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 13:1 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 13:1

A wise son [heareth] his father's instruction
As he should, and has good reason to do; since it must be cordial, faithful, and disinterested, as well as the effect of age and experience. He "asks for it" and "loves" it, as Jarchi supplies the text; he likes and approves of it, is well pleased with it, and delights in it; seeing it tends to his profit and advantage; he "receives" it, as the Targum, so Ben Melech; he listens to and obeys it, and acts agreeably to it, which shows him to be wise; and this is the way to be wiser and wiser. So one that is spiritually wise will attend to and receive the instruction of Wisdom or Christ; who stands in the relation of an everlasting fin, her to his children; whose instruction is the doctrine of the Gospel; which a wise man hears, so as to understand it; to love and like it, and approve of it; cordially to embrace and obey it, and put it in practice; see ( Matthew 7:24 ) . The word also signifies "correction" F19, because instruction often comes by it; and he that is a wise man will hear the rod and him that has appointed it, and learn to know his mind by it, and receive instruction from it: or is "chastised by his father" {t}, and takes it well, ( Micah 6:9 ) ; but a scorner heareth not rebuke;
that is, a son who is a scorner, as the Targum and Aben Ezra; one that makes a mock at sin, and scoffs at religion: such a man will be so far from hearing, attending to, and receiving the rebuke and reproof of his father, that he will scoff also at that; such as were the sons in law of Lot, and the sons of Eli and Samuel. So scornful men, that make a jest of everything that is sacred, will not hearken to the reproof of God's word, to the rebukes of Gospel ministers, or even to the rebukes of Providence, which will issue in their destruction, ( Proverbs 5:11 Proverbs 5:12 ) .


F19 (rowm) "obedivit castigationem", Baynus, so Gejerus.
F20 "Castigatur a patre, vel castigatus patris", Scultens, so De Dieu.

Proverbs 13:1 In-Context

1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 12:1; Proverbs 15:5; Proverbs 10:1
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