Proverbs 29:20
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New International Version
Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

New Living Translation
There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

English Standard Version
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

New American Standard Bible
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

King James Bible
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

International Standard Version
Do you see a man who speaks hastily? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

NET Bible
Do you see someone who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

New Heart English Bible
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you have seen a man hasty in his words, know that a fool is better than he.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have you met a person who is quick to answer? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

New American Standard 1977
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
            There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

King James 2000 Bible
See you a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope for a fool than for him.

American King James Version
See you a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

American Standard Version
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast thou seen a man hasty to speak? folly is rather to be looked for, than his amendment.

Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou seen a man hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

English Revised Version
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

World English Bible
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast seen a man hasty in his words! More hope of a fool than of him.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
19A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response. 20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 21He who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be a son.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

Proverbs 19:2
Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 29:19
A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands, there will be no response.

Proverbs 29:21
He who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be a son.
Treasury of Scripture

See you a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

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Proverbs 29:11 A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

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Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is …

Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one …

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Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

(20) There is more hope of a fool (khesl) than of him.--The fool is a dull, self-satisfied person, but may learn better; the man who is hasty and ill-advised in his words has a harder task before him in governing his tongue. (Comp. James 3:2 sqq.)

Verse 20. - Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? (comp. Proverbs 26:12); Vulgate, velocem ad loquendum; Septuagint, ταχὺν ἐν λόγοις. James 1:19," Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak." "A talkative (γλωσσώδης) man is dangerous in his city; and he that is rash (προπετὴς) in his words shall be hated" (Ecclus. 9:18). We might also translate, "hasty in his matters," "hasty in business," and the gnome would be equally true (see note on Proverbs 19:2). There is more hope era fool than of him. The dull, stupid man (kesil) may be instructed and guided and made to listen to reason; the hasty and ill-advised speaker consults no one, takes no thought before he speaks, nor reflects on the effect of his words; such a man it is almost impossible to reform (see James 3:5, etc.). "Every one that speaks," says St. Gregory, "while he waits for his hearer's sentence upon his words, is as it were subjected to the judgment of him by whom he is heard. Accordingly, he that fears to be condemned in respect of his words ought first to put to the test that which he delivers - that there may be a kind of impartial and sober umpire sitting between the hear and tongue, weighing with exactness whether the heart presents right words, which the tongue taking up with advantage may bring forward for the heater's judgment" ('Moral.,' 8:5, Oxford transl.). Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words,.... Swift to speak either before God or men; that takes upon him to speak upon a subject, or return an answer to a question, before he has thoroughly thought of it, and well considered it, and digested what he should say; see Ecclesiastes 5:2; or "hasty in matters" (x); in his business; runs rashly and precipitately into things, without duly considering within himself what is right and proper to be done, and without taking the advice of others;

there is more hope of a fool than of him; of one that has not the gift of elocution, or not so much sagacity in business, and yet takes time to think, and advises with others.

(x) "praecipitem in negotiis suis", Vatablus, Piscator; "in rebus suis", Mercerus. 20. (Compare Pr 21:5).

hasty in … words?—implying self-conceit (Pr 26:12).29:19. Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant; one that serves not from conscience, or love, but from fear. 20. When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. 21. Good usage to a servant does not mean indulgence, which would ruin even a child. The body is a servant to the soul; those that humour it, and are over-tender of it, will find it forget its place. 22. An angry, passionate disposition makes men provoking to one another, and provoking to God. 23. Only those who humble themselves shall be exalted and established. 24. The receiver is as bad as the thief. 25. Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare.
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