Proverbs 22:10

ESV Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.
NIV Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
NASB Drive out the scoffer, and strife will leave, Even quarreling and dishonor will cease.
CSB Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then quarreling and dishonor will cease.
NLT Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear.
KJV Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

What does Proverbs 22:10 mean?

Other proverbs referred to those who are arrogant and unteachable. This attitude leads a person to sneer at those who disagree (Proverbs 9:7–8; 15:12; 24:9). It's good to seek to educate others and help them better understand God's wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; Matthew 5:16). That includes when having a good relationship with them is challenging (Colossians 3:13), and even if they struggle with sin (1 Corinthians 5:9–10).

However, tolerating a hardheaded troublemaker is not a wise choice, especially over time. Such a person causes angst and arguments. This can even become abusive. References to "scoffers" in Scripture evoke the type of person prone to insults and negative talk. When someone is resistant to all reason (Matthew 7:6) nothing is to be gained by keeping them around. The best choice, then, is to remove them from that group, or discussion, or even that church family. When the troublemaker is gone, much of the trouble goes with them. Some fools (Proverbs 1:22) contribute to others only by providing a cautionary example (Proverbs 21:11).

Occasionally, someone stirs up trouble in a church. Bickering and slander cause deep hurt. If such a person does not accept discipline (Matthew 18:15–20), the congregation may have to excommunicate the troublemaker (1 Corinthians 5:9–13). The New Testament records examples of certain men whose conduct was so harmful to faith that they had to be removed from church life to protect the other members (1 Timothy 1:19–20; 2 Timothy 4:14).
What is the Gospel?
Download the app: