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Proverbs 11:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that despiseth his neighbor is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that despiseth his neighbour is void of heart; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that sheweth contempt for his neighbour, lacketh sense, but, a man of understanding, observeth silence.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is despising his neighbour lacketh heart, And a man of understanding keepeth silence.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that despiseth his friend, is mean of heart: but the wise man will hold his peace.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He that is void of wisedome, despiseth his neighbour: but a man of vnderstanding holdeth his peace.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A man void of understanding sneers at [his fellow] citizens: but a sensible man is quiet.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that is void 2638
{2638} Prime
From H2637; lacking; hence without.
of wisdom 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
despiseth 936
{0936} Prime
A primitive root; to disrespect.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
his neighbour: 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
but a man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
of understanding 8394
{8394} Prime
The second and third forms being feminine; from H0995; intelligence; by implication an argument; by extension caprice.
holdeth his peace. 2790
{2790} Prime
A primitive root; to scratch, that is, (by implication) to engrave, plough; hence (from the use of tools) to fabricate (of any material); figuratively to devise (in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent, to let alone; hence (by implication) to be deaf (as an accompaniment of dumbness).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 11:12

_ _ despiseth — or, “reviles,” a course contrasted with the prudent silence of the wise.

_ _ holdeth his peace — as if neither hearing nor telling.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 11:12-13

_ _ I. Silence is here recommended as an instance of true friendship, and a preservative of it, and therefore an evidence, 1. Of wisdom: A man of understanding, that has rule over his own spirit, if he be provoked, holds his peace, that he may neither give vent to his passion nor kindle the passion of others by any opprobrious language or peevish reflections. 2. Of sincerity: He that is of a faithful spirit, that is true, not only to his own promise, but to the interest of his friend, conceals every matter which, if divulged, may turn to the prejudice of his neighbour.

_ _ II. This prudent friendly concealment is here opposed to two very bad vices of the tongue: — 1. Speaking scornfully of a man to his face: He that is void of wisdom discovers his folly by this; he despises his neighbour, calls him Raca, and Thou fool, upon the least provocation, and tramples upon him as not worthy to be set with the dogs of his flock. He undervalues himself who thus undervalues one that is made of the same mould. 2. Speaking spitefully of a man behind his back: A tale-bearer, that carries all the stories he can pick up, true or false, from house to house, to make mischief and sow discord, reveals secrets which he has been entrusted with, and so breaks the laws, and forfeits all the privileges, of friendship and conversation.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 11:12

Despiseth — Which he shews by contemptuous or reproachful expressions. Holdeth peace — Forbears all such expressions, and silently and patiently bears those reproaches.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 11:12

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding (f) holdeth his peace.

(f) Will not make light report of others.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Judges 9:27-29 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode [the grapes], and made merry, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech. ... And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.
Judges 9:38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where [is] now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who [is] Abimelech, that we should serve him? [is] not this the people that thou hast despised? go out, I pray now, and fight with them.
Nehemiah 4:2-4 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? ... Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:
Psalms 123:3-4 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. ... Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, [and] with the contempt of the proud.
Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
John 7:48-52 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? ... They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

void of wisdom:
Heb. destitute of heart

a man:

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
2 Kings 18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously:
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Jg 9:27, 38. 1S 10:27. 2K 18:36. Ne 4:2. Ps 123:3. Pv 10:19. Lk 16:14; 18:9. Jn 7:48. 1P 2:23.

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