Drive out the scorner 1 and contention will leave; strife and insults will cease. 2
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.
Throw out the mocker, and fighting, quarrels, and insults will disappear.
Kick out the troublemakers and things will quiet down; you need a break from bickering and griping!
Send away the man of pride, and argument will go out; truly fighting and shame will come to an end.
Drive out a scoffer, and strife goes out; quarreling and abuse will cease.
Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
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and insults will cease
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1 sn This proverb, written in loose synonymous parallelism, instructs that the scorner should be removed because he causes strife. The “scorner” is לֵץ (lets), the one the book of Proverbs says cannot be changed with discipline or correction, but despises and disrupts anything that is morally or socially constructive.
2 tc The LXX freely adds “when he sits in council (ἐν συνεδρίῳ, ejn sunedriw), he insults everyone.” The MT does not suggest that the setting is in a court of law; so the LXX addition is highly unlikely.