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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
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, …

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