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


1. The man who openly glories in his own wickedness.

2. The man who winks at, or smiles graciously on, the evil deeds of other men, in business, politics, or social life.

3. Those who mock at the reprovers of sin.

4. He who leads others into sin, or encourages others to abide in it. Every man makes a mock at sin who, either in his religious creed, or by his daily conduct, shows that he regards sin as a trifle. If you would understand why God denounces sin as something terrible and monstrous, you must observe its awful consequences, inquiring not merely what sin is, but what sin has done and will do. Sin is a disease of the soul; a paralysis that weakens a leprosy that pollutes, a plague that tortures, a pestilence that destroys the whole spirit within us.

II. WHY ARE SUCH MOCKERS FOOLS? To make a mock at a thing is, in a way, either to treat it or regard it as of little moment. And if the thing is very mighty or great, either in itself or in its influences, such mockery must be foolish.

(C. Wadsworth, D.D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

WEB: Fools mock at making atonement for sins, but among the upright there is good will.

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