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Proverbs 23:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In the ears of a dullard, do not speak, for he will despise the good sense of thy words.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— In the ears of a fool speak not, For he treadeth on the wisdom of thy words.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Speak not in the ears of fools: because they will despise the instruction of thy speech.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Speake not in the eares of a foole: for hee will despise the wisedome of thy words.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Say nothing in the ears of a fool, lest at any time he sneer at thy wise words.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Speak 1696
{1696} Prime
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
not x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
in the ears 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
of a fool: 3684
{3684} Prime
From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
he will despise 936
{0936} Prime
A primitive root; to disrespect.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the wisdom 7922
{7922} Prime
From H7919; intelligence; by implication success.
of thy words. 4405
{4405} Prime
From H4448 (plural masculine as if from the second form); a word; collectively a discourse; figuratively a topic.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 23:9

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 9:8). “Cast not your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 23:9

_ _ We are here directed not to cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6) and not to expose things sacred to the contempt and ridicule of profane scoffers. It is our duty to take all fit occasions to speak of divine things; but, 1. There are some that will make a jest of every thing, though it be ever so prudently and pertinently spoken, that will not only despise a wise man's words, but despise even the wisdom of them, that in them which is most improvable for their own edification; they will particularly reproach that, as if it had an ill design upon them, which they must guard against. 2. Those that do so forfeit the benefit of good advice and instruction, and a wise man is not only allowed, but advised, not to speak in the ears of such fools; let them be foolish still, and let not precious breath be thrown away upon them. If what a wise man says in his wisdom will not be heard, let him hold his peace, and try whether the wisdom of that will be regarded.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 23:9

Of a fool — Cast not away good counsels upon incorrigible sinners.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 9:7-8 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked [man getteth] himself a blot. ... Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Proverbs 26:4-5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. ... Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Acts 13:45-46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. ... Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Acts 28:25-28 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, ... Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and [that] they will hear it.


Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
John 8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
John 9:30-34 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and [yet] he hath opened mine eyes. ... They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
John 9:40 And [some] of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
John 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this [matter].
1 Corinthians 1:21-24 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. ... But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We [are] fools for Christ's sake, but ye [are] wise in Christ; we [are] weak, but ye [are] strong; ye [are] honourable, but we [are] despised. ... Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, [and are] the offscouring of all things unto this day.
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Pv 9:7; 26:4. Is 36:21. Mt 7:6. Lk 16:14. Jn 8:52; 9:30, 40; 10:20. Ac 13:45; 17:18, 32; 28:25. 1Co 1:21; 4:10.

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