Proverbs 15:12

12 Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.

Proverbs 15:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
ESV
12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
NLT
12 Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.
MSG
12 Know-it-alls don't like being told what to do; they avoid the company of wise men and women.
CSB
12 A mocker doesn't love one who corrects him; he will not consult the wise.

Proverbs 15:12 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 15:12

A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him
He that makes a jest of religion; scoffs at godliness and godly men; treats the Gospel and the ministers of it with contempt; makes a mock at good men, and all that is good; a pestilent fellow, as the Vulgate Latin version: such an one not only does not love, for more is intended than is expressed; but hates him that reproves him, and especially if publicly, ( Amos 5:10 ) ; he thinks ill of him; bears him a grudge, and abhors him; and speaks evil of him, and reproaches him; and does all he can to the injury of his person and name; hence the advice of the wise man, ( Proverbs 9:7 Proverbs 9:8 ) . Some render it, he "loves not reproving himself", or "to reprove himself" F2; he does not care to look into his own heart and ways, or to call himself to an account for what he does; nor to check himself in the pursuit of sin, nor argue with and reprove himself for it; neither will he go unto the wise;
to the private houses of wise and good men; nor to the house of wisdom, or place of public instruction, where wise dispensers of the word give good advice and counsel; scorners do not choose to go to either, lest they should be reproved for their evil ways, and be advised leave them; neither of which is agreeable to them; see ( John 3:20 John 3:21 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F2 (wl xkwh) "corripere", Gejerus.

Proverbs 15:12 In-Context

10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD— how much more do human hearts!
12 Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 9:8; S Proverbs 12:1; Amos 5:10