Ecclesiastes 7:5
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New International Version
It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

New Living Translation
Better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool.

English Standard Version
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

New American Standard Bible
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

King James Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person than to listen to the song of fools,

International Standard Version
It is better to listen to a wise person's rebuke than to listen to the praise of fools.

NET Bible
It is better for a person to receive a rebuke from those who are wise than to listen to the song of fools.

New Heart English Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is better to listen to wise people who reprimand you than to fools who sing your praises.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, Than for a man to hear the song of fools.

New American Standard 1977
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man
            Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

King James 2000 Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

American King James Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

American Standard Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, than to be deceived by the flattery of fools.

Darby Bible Translation
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise, than to hear the song of fools.

English Revised Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

World English Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Better to hear a rebuke of a wise man, Than for a man to hear a song of fools,
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
4The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. 5It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools. 6For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.…
Cross References
Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.

Proverbs 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.

Proverbs 15:31
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 15:32
He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

Proverbs 25:12
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Ecclesiastes 7:4
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 9:17
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.
Treasury of Scripture

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

better

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove …

Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he …

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the …

Proverbs 15:31,32 The ear that hears the reproof of life stays among the wise…

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

the song

Psalm 69:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Verse 5. - It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise. Gearah, "rebuke," is the word used in Proverbs for the grave admonition which heals and strengthens while it wounds (see Proverbs 13:1; Proverbs 17:10). The silent lessons which a man learns from the contemplation of others' sorrow are rightly supplemented by the salutary correction of the wise man's tongue. Than for a man to hear the song of fools. Shir, "song," is a general term used of sacred or profane song; the connection here with the second clause of ver. 4, etc., leads one to think of the hoister-cue, reckless, often immodest, singing heard in the house of revelry, such as Amos (Amos 6:5) calls "idle songs to the sound of the viol" Koheleth might have heard these in his own country, without drawing his experience from the license of Greek practice or the impurity of Greek lyrics. The Vulgate renders the clause, Quum stultorum adulatione decipi, Than to be deceived by the flattery of tools." This is a paraphrase; the correctness is negatived by the explanation given in the following verse. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise,.... To listen to it diligently, receive it cordially, and act according to it; though it may be disagreeable to the flesh, and give present pain, yet the effect and issue will be good, and show that man to be wise that hears it, as well as he that gives it; see Psalm 141:1;

than for a man to hear the song of fools; the vain and impure songs that foolish men sing in the house of mirth; or the flatteries of foolish men, which tickle and please the mind, as music and songs do: or, "than a man that hears the song of fools" (i), and is pleased with it.

(i) "quam vir audiens canticum stultorum", Montanus, Mercerus; "prae viro audiente canticum stultorum", Rambachius. 5. (Ps 141:4, 5). Godly reproof offends the flesh, but benefits the spirit. Fools' songs in the house of mirth please the flesh, but injure the soul.7:1-6 Reputation for piety and honesty is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. It will do more good to go to a funeral than to a feast. We may lawfully go to both, as there is occasion; our Saviour both feasted at the wedding of his friend in Cana, and wept at the grave of his friend in Bethany. But, considering how apt we are to be vain and indulge the flesh, it is best to go to the house of mourning, to learn the end of man as to this world. Seriousness is better than mirth and jollity. That is best for us which is best for our souls, though it be unpleasing to sense. It is better to have our corruptions mortified by the rebuke of the wise, than to have them gratified by the song of fools. The laughter of a fool is soon gone, the end of his mirth is heaviness.
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