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Proverbs 14:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A trespass-offering mocketh fools; But among the upright there is good will.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favor.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Fools make a mock at trespass; but for the upright there is favour.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The foolish, scoff at guilt, but, between the upright, is good pleasure.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Fools mock at a guilt-offering, And among the upright—a pleasing thing.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A fool will laugh at sin, but among the just grace shall abide.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Fooles make a mocke at sinne: but among the righteous [there is] fauour.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The houses of transgressors will need purification; but the houses of the just are acceptable.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Fools 191
{0191} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be perverse); (figuratively) silly.
make a mock 3887
{3887} Prime
A primitive root; properly to make mouths at, that is, to scoff; hence (from the effort to pronounce a foreign language) to interpret, or (generally) intercede.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
at sin: 817
{0817} Prime
From H0816; guilt; by implication a fault; also a sin offering.
but among x996
(0996) Complement
(Sometimes in the plural masculine or feminine); properly the constructively contracted form of an otherwise unused noun from H0995; a distinction; but used only as a preposition, between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjugation, either... or.
the righteous 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
[there is] favour. 7522
{7522} Prime
From H7521; delight.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:9

_ _ Fools make a mock at sin — or, “Sin deludes fools.”

_ _ righteous ... favour — that is, of God, instead of the punishment of sin.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:9

_ _ See here, 1. How wicked people are hardened in their wickedness: they make a mock at sin. They make a laughing matter of the sins of others, making themselves and their companions merry with that for which they should mourn, and they make a light matter of their own sins, both when they are tempted to sin and when they have committed it; they call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20), turn it off with a jest, rush into sin (Jeremiah 8:6) and say they shall have peace though they go on. They care not what mischief they do by their sins, and laugh at those that tell them of it. They are advocates for sin, and are ingenious at framing excuses for it. Fools make a mock at the sin-offering (so some); those that make light of sin make light of Christ. Those are fools that make light of sin, for they make light of that which God complains of (Amos 2:13), which lay heavily upon Christ, and which they themselves will have other thoughts of shortly. 2. How good people are encouraged in their goodness: Among the righteous there is favour; if they in any thing offend, they presently repent and obtain the favour of God. They have a goodwill one to another; and among them, in their societies, there is mutual charity and compassion in cases of offences, and no mocking.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 14:9

Favour — They find favour both with God and men.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 14:9

Fools make a mock at (f) sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.

(f) Does not know the grievousness of it, nor God's judgments against the same.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs 10:23 [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Proverbs 26:18-19 As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, ... So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
Proverbs 30:20 Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Job 34:7-9 What man [is] like Job, [who] drinketh up scorning like water? ... For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.


Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Proverbs 12:2 A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors [is] hard.
Romans 14:17-18 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ... For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.
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