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Proverbs 29:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Scoffers set a city in a flame; But wise men turn away wrath.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Scornful men set the city in a flame; but the wise turn away anger.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Men given to mockery, inflame a city,—but, wise men, turn away anger.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Men of scorning ensnare a city, And the wise turn back anger.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Corrupt men bring a city to ruin: but wise men turn away wrath.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Scornefull men bring a citie into a snare: but wise men turne away wrath.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Lawless men burn down a city: but wise men turn away wrath.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Scornful 3944
{3944} Prime
From H3887; derision.
men y582
[0582] Standard
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
(0376) Complement
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.).
bring y6315
[6315] Standard
A primitive root; to puff, that is, blow with the breath or air; hence to fan (as a breeze), to utter, to kindle (a fire), to scoff.
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
a city y7151
[7151] Standard
From H7136 in the sense of flooring, that is, building; a city.
into a snare: 6315
{6315} Prime
A primitive root; to puff, that is, blow with the breath or air; hence to fan (as a breeze), to utter, to kindle (a fire), to scoff.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
(7151) Complement
From H7136 in the sense of flooring, that is, building; a city.
but wise 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
[men] turn away 7725
{7725} Prime
A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbially again.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
wrath. 639
{0639} Prime
From H0599; properly the nose or nostril; hence the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 29:8

_ _ Scornful men — those who contemptuously disregard God’s law.

_ _ bring — (Compare Margin), kindle strife.

_ _ turn away wrath — that is, “abate wrath.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 29:8

_ _ See here, 1. Who are the men that are dangerous to the public — scornful men. When such are employed in the business of the state they do things with precipitation, because they scorn to deliberate, and will not take time for consideration and consultation; they do things illegal and unjustifiable, because they scorn to be hampered by laws and constitutions; they break their faith, because they scorn to be bound by their word, and provoke the people, because they scorn to please them. Thus they bring a city into a snare by their ill conduct, or (as the margin reads it) they set a city on fire; they sow discord among the citizens and run them into confusion. Those are scornful men that mock at religion, the obligations of conscience, the fears of another world, and every thing that is sacred and serious. Such men are the plagues of their generation; they bring God's judgments upon a land, set men together by the ears, and so bring all to confusion. 2. Who are the men that are the blessings of a land — the wise men who by promoting religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God, and who, by prudent counsels, reconcile contending parties and prevent the mischievous consequences of divisions. Proud and foolish men kindle the fires which wise and good men must extinguish.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 29:8

Wrath — The wrath of God or of men, who were enraged against it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
Isaiah 28:14-22 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which [is] in Jerusalem. ... Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
Matthew 27:39-43 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, ... He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
John 9:40-41 And [some] of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? ... Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
John 11:47-50 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. ... Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
1 Thessalonians 2:15-16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: ... Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

bring a city into a snare:
or, set a city on fire,
James 3:5-6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! ... And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.


Exodus 32:10-14 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. ... And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Numbers 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
Numbers 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
Deuteronomy 9:18-20 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. ... And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.
2 Samuel 24:16-17 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite. ... And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.
Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, [yet] my mind [could] not [be] toward this people: cast [them] out of my sight, and let them go forth.
Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Amos 7:2-6 And it came to pass, [that] when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he [is] small. ... The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
James 5:15-18 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. ... And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
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