9 The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 24:9

Commentary on Proverbs 24:7-9

(Read Proverbs 24:7-9)

A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so.