Proverbs 19:25

25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.

Read Proverbs 19:25 Using Other Translations

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

What does Proverbs 19:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 19:25

Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware
That is, give reproof to a man that scoffs at religion, and makes a jest of all that is good; for though it may be of no use to him who will despise it, yet it may be observed, and be useful to another that hears it; who, though void of understanding, yet not hardened in impiety as the other, but open to conviction, "will become cunning" F24, as it may be rendered; or learns wisdom, and becomes hereby a knowing and understanding man; he hears another reproved, and fears, and becomes a wise man; so that though reproof may be lost on one, it succeeds in another, which is an encouragement to give it; and reprove one that hath understanding, [and] he will understand
knowledge;
he will grow wiser and wiser; he will improve in the knowledge of things; see ( Proverbs 9:8 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F24 (Mrey) "astutus efficetur", Pagninus, Montanus; "astutus fiet", Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius; "astutior fiet", Michaelis; "solertiam parabit", Schultens.
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