Ecclesiastes 9:17
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New International Version
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.

New Living Translation
Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king.

English Standard Version
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

New American Standard Bible
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

King James Bible
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The calm words of the wise are heeded more than the shouts of a ruler over fools.

International Standard Version
The softly spoken words of the wise are to be heard rather than the shouts of a ruler of fools.

NET Bible
The words of the wise are heard in quiet, more than the shouting of a ruler is heard among fools.

New Heart English Bible
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One should pay more attention to calm words from wise people than shouting from a ruler of fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of the wise spoken in quiet Are more acceptable than the cry of a ruler among fools.

New American Standard 1977
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rules among fools.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rules among fools.

American King James Version
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rules among fools.

American Standard Version
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the wise are heard in silence, more than the cry of a prince among fools.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of the wise are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

English Revised Version
The words of the wise spoken in quiet are heard more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

World English Bible
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools.

Young's Literal Translation
The words of the wise in quiet are heard, More than the cry of a ruler over fools.
Study Bible
Wisdom Better than Strength
16So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded. 17The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. 18Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
Treasury of Scripture

The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rules among fools.

Genesis 41:33-40 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set …

1 Samuel 7:3-6 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return …

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that …

Isaiah 42:2,4 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street…

James 1:20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

Verses 17, 18. - Section 10. Here follow some proverbial sayings concerning wisdom and its opposite, which draw the moral from the story in the text. Verse 17. - The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. This verse would be better translated, Words of the wise in quiet are heard better than the shout of a chief among fools. The Vulgate takes the tranquility to appertain to the hearers, thus: Verbs sapientium audiuntur in silentio; but, as Delitzsch points out, the contrast between "quiet" and "cry" shows that it is the man, and not his auditors, who is quiet. The sentence says that a wise man's words, uttered calmly, deliberately, without pompous declamation or adventitious aids, are of more value than the blustering vociferation of an arch-fool, who seeks to force acceptance for his folly by loudness and swagger (comp. Isaiah 30:15; and see Isaiah 42:2 and Matthew 12:19, passages which speak of the peacefulness, reticence, and unobtrusiveness of true wisdom, as seen in the Son of God). The verse introduces a kind of exception to the general rejection of wisdom mentioned above. Though the multitude turn a deaf ear to a wise man's counsel, yet this tells in the long run, and there are always some teachable persons-who sit at his feet and learn from him. "He that ruleth among fools" is not one that governs a silly people, but one who is a prince of fools, who takes the highest place among such. The words of wise men are heard in quiet,.... That is, by some persons and at some times, though not by all persons and always; or they are to be heard, or should be heard, though they seldom be, even the words of wise men that are poor: these are to be heard quietly and patiently, without any tumult and contradiction; or should be heard, being delivered with a low and submissive voice, without any noise, or blustering pride, or passion, sedately and with great humility, submitting them to the judgment of others; which sense the comparison seems to require;

more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools; more than the noisy words of a foolish governor; or than the dictates of an imperious man, delivered in a clamorous and blustering way; by which he obtains authority among such fools as himself, who are influenced more by the pomp and noise of words than by the force of true wisdom and reason; but all right judges will give the preference to the former. The Targum interprets it of the silent prayer of the wise being received by the Lord, more than the clamour of the wicked. 17. The words of wise, etc.—Though generally the poor wise man is not heard (Ec 9:16), yet "the words of wise men, when heard in quiet (when calmly given heed to, as in Ec 9:15), are more serviceable than," etc.

ruleth—as the "great king" (Ec 9:14). Solomon reverts to "the rulers to their own hurt" (Ec 8:9).9:13-18 A man may, by his wisdom, bring to pass that which he could never do by his strength. If God be for us, who can be against us, or stand before us? Solomon observes the power of wisdom, though it may labour under outward disadvantages. How forcible are right words! But wise and good men must often content themselves with the satisfaction of having done good, or, at least, endeavoured to do it, when they cannot do the good they would, nor have the praise they should. How many of the good gifts, both of nature and Providence, does one sinner destroy and make waste! He who destroys his own soul destroys much good. One sinner may draw many into his destroying ways. See who are the friends and enemies of a kingdom or a family, if one saint does much good, and one sinner destroys much good.
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