Proverbs 23:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

New Living Translation
Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.

English Standard Version
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

New American Standard Bible
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

King James Bible
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words.

International Standard Version
Don't speak when a fool is listening, because he'll despise your wise words.

NET Bible
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not speak in front of a fool because he despises your words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not talk directly to a fool, because he will despise the wisdom of your words.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Speak not in the ears of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

New American Standard 1977
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
            For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the prudence of thy words.

King James 2000 Bible
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

American King James Version
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

American Standard Version
Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak not in the ears of fools: because they will despise the instruction of thy speech.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

English Revised Version
Speak not in the hearing of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Webster's Bible Translation
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

World English Bible
Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Young's Literal Translation
In the ears of a fool speak not, For he treadeth on the wisdom of thy words.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:1-3 God's restraints of the appetite only say, Do thyself no harm. 4,5. Be not of those that will be rich. The things of this world are not happiness and a portion for a soul; those that hold them ever so fast, cannot hold them always, cannot hold them long. 6-8. Do not make thyself burdensome to any, especially those not sincere. When we are called by God to his feast, and to let our souls delight themselves, Isa 25:6; 55:2, we may safely partake of the Bread of life. 9. It is our duty to take all fit occasions to speak of Divine things; but if what a wise man says will not be heard, let him hold his peace. 10,11. The fatherless are taken under God's special protection. He is their Redeemer, who will take their part; and he is mighty, almighty.
Study Bible
Consider Diligently what is Before You
8You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments. 9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words. 10Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:7
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.

Proverbs 14:7
Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

Proverbs 26:4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.
Treasury of Scripture

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

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Proverbs 9:7,8 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes …

Proverbs 26:4,5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him…

Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's …

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Acts 13:45,46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

Acts 28:25-28 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that …

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Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

John 8:52 Then said the Jews to him, Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham …

John 9:30-34,40 The man answered and said to them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, …

John 10:20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?

Acts 17:18,32 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

1 Corinthians 1:21-24 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God…

1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

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