Proverbs 14:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 14:9, NIV: Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

Proverbs 14:9, ESV: Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.

Proverbs 14:9, KJV: Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Proverbs 14:9, NASB: Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is goodwill.

Proverbs 14:9, NLT: Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

Proverbs 14:9, CSB: Fools mock at making reparation, but there is goodwill among the upright.

What does Proverbs 14:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Those who reject God (Psalm 14:1) and godly wisdom (Proverbs 1:7) think it is laughable to seek forgiveness for sin. In most cases, this is because they are indifferent. Perhaps the guilt offering mocks them too; God would not accept it if they offered it with a light attitude (1 Timothy 4:2; Psalm 51:17). Fools call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

Making light of sin insults the Savior, who paid the ultimate price to redeem sinners. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:3, "Christ died for our sins." The apostle Peter points out that the price of our redemption was the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18–19). The righteous take a far different attitude toward sin; they abhor their sin and humbly seek God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9). As a result, they find acceptance with God (Hebrews 4:14–16). Like the prodigal's father, God welcomes every repentant sinner with open arms, and rejoicing in heaven takes place as a result (Luke 15:7, 20).