If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.
Treasury of Scripture
Proverbs 16:26 He that labors labors for himself; for his mouth craves it of him.
Job 22:2,3,21 Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself...
Job 35:6,7 If you sin, what do you against him? or if your transgressions be multiplied, what do you to him...
Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be you not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption...
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father...
2 Peter 3:3,4,16 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts...
ContextThe Way of Wisdom
1Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars: 2She has killed her beasts; she has mingled her wine; she has also furnished her table. 3She has sent forth her maidens: she cries on the highest places of the city, 4Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants understanding, she said to him, 5Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. 6Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot. 8Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 11For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased. 12If you be wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; And if thou scoffest, thou alone shalt bear it.
If thou be wise, thou shalt be so to thyself: and if a scorner, thou alone shalt bear the evil.
Darby Bible Translation
If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
King James Bible
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast been wise, thou hast been wise for thyself, And thou hast scorned -- thyself bearest it.