Proverbs 17:10

10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Proverbs 17:10 in Other Translations

King James Version KJV
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
English Standard Version ESV
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
New Living Translation NLT
10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.
The Message Bible MSG
10 A quiet rebuke to a person of good sense does more than a whack on the head of a fool.
American Standard Version ASV
10 A rebuke entereth deeper into one that hath understanding Than a hundred stripes into a fool.
GOD'S WORD Translation GW
10 A reprimand impresses a person who has understanding more than a hundred lashes impress a fool.
Holman Christian Standard Bible CSB
10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
New International Reader's Version NIRV
10 A person who understands what is right learns more from just a warning than a foolish person learns from 100 strokes with a whip.

Proverbs 17:10 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 17:10

A reproof entereth more into a wise man
A single verbal reproof, gently, kindly, and prudently given, not only enters the ear, but the heart of a wise and understanding man; it descends into him, as the word F11 signifies; it sinks deep into his mind; it penetrates into his heart, and pierces his conscience; brings him easily to humiliation, confession, and reformation. Or, "reproof is more terror to a wise man"; as Jarchi interprets it, and the Tigurine version; it awes and terrifies him more; a single word has more effect upon him, entering more easily into him, than an hundred stripes into a fool;
or, "than smiting a fool a hundred times" F12: a word to a wise man is more than a hundred blows to a fool, will sooner correct and amend him; a word will enter where a blow will not; stripes only reach the back, but not the heart of a fool; he is never the better for all the corrections given him; his heart is not affected, is not humbled, nor brought to a sense of sin, and acknowledgment of it; nor is he in the least reformed: or a single reproof to a wise man is of more service than a hundred reproofs to a fool; which are sometimes expressed by smiting, "let the righteous smite me" ( Psalms 141:5 ) .


F11 (txt) "descendet", Montanus; "descendit", Vatablus, Mercerus, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus.
F12 (ham lyok twkhm) "magis quam si percuties stolidum centies", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, so Pagninus, Michaelis.

Proverbs 17:10 In-Context

8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.
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