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People who show contempt for others. Habakkuk predicted the Babylonians would be scoffers as they conquered the Near East (Habakkuk 1:10 ). 2 Peter 3:3 warns that the last days will see scoffers laughing at the idea of Christ's return (compare Jude 1:18 ). The wisdom writers repeatedly warned their students not to become scoffers (Job 11:3 ; Proverbs 9:7-12 ; Proverbs 13:1 ; Proverbs 14:6 ; Proverbs 15:12 ; Proverbs 19:25 ; Proverbs 21:24 ; Proverbs 22:10 ; Proverbs 24:9 ; compare Psalm 1:1 ; Isaiah 28:14 ,Isaiah 28:14,28:22 ). Still, God is a scoffer, jeering at the feeble efforts of those who oppose Him (Psalm 2:4 ; Proverbs 3:34 ). Jesus endured scoffing (Luke 16:14 ; compare Acts 13:41 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Scoffer'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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