Proverbs 14:9

9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

Proverbs 14:9 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.
The Message Bible (MSG)
9 The stupid ridicule right and wrong, but a moral life is a favored life.
American Standard Version (ASV)
9 A trespass-offering mocketh fools; But among the upright there is good will.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
9 Stubborn fools make fun of guilt, but there is forgiveness among decent people.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
9 Fools mock at making restitution, but there is goodwill among the upright.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
9 Foolish people laugh at making things right when they sin. But honest people try to do the right thing.

Proverbs 14:9 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 14:9

Fools make a mock at sin
At sinful actions, their own or others; they make light of them, a jest of them, call evil good, and good evil; take pleasure in doing them themselves, and in those that do them; yea, sport themselves with the mischief that arises from them unto others; they make a mock at reproofs for them, and scoff at those that instruct and rebuke them; and laugh at a future state, and an awful judgment they are warned of, and in a scoffing manner say, "where is the promise of his coming?" Some, as Aben Ezra observes, render it "a sin offering"; and interpret it of the sin offerings and sacrifices under the law, as derided by wicked men; but may be better applied to the sin offering or sacrifice of Christ, who made his soul an offering for sin, to make satisfaction and atonement for the sins of his people; this is mocked at by false teachers, who deny it; and is exposed to derision and contempt by the Papists, by their bloodless sacrifice of the mass, and by their merits and works of supererogation, which they prefer to the sacrifice and satisfaction of Christ. The words may be rendered, "sin makes a mock of fools" F8; it deceives them, it promises them pleasure, or profit, or honour, but gives them neither, but all the reverse; but among the righteous [there is] favour:
they enjoy the favour of God and man; or "there is good will" F9, good will towards men; they are so far from making a mock at sin, and taking delight in the mischief that comes by it to others, that they are willing to do all good offices unto men, and by love to serve their friends and neighbours: or "there is acceptance" F11; they are accepted with God upon the account of the sin offering, sacrifice, and satisfaction of Christ, which fools mock and despise.


F8 (Mva Uyly Mylywa) (fronav cleuazei plhmmeleia) , Aquila & Theodotion in Drusius; "delictum illudit fatuos", Gejerus.
F9 (Nwur) "benevoleatia", Montanus, Baynus, Piscator, Mercerus, Gejerus.
F11 "Acceptatio", Cocceius, Gussetius.

Proverbs 14:9 In-Context

7 Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
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