25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple (A)will become wary;
(B)Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is (C)a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

27 Cease listening to instruction, my son,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A [a]disreputable witness scorns justice,
And (D)the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
(E)And beatings for the backs of fools.

Wine Is a Mocker

20 Wine (F)is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.


  1. Proverbs 19:28 Lit. witness of Belial, worthless witness

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