Proverbs 29:9
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New International Version
If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

New Living Translation
If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.

English Standard Version
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

New American Standard Bible
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

King James Bible
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.

International Standard Version
When a wise man has a dispute with a fool, the fool either rages or laughs without relief.

NET Bible
If a wise person goes to court with a foolish person, there is no peace whether he is angry or laughs.

New Heart English Bible
If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man, the fool rages or scoffs, and there is no peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise man debates with a fool, and he is passionate and laughs and is not enraged.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a wise person goes to court with a stubborn fool, he may rant and rave, but there is no peace and quiet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

New American Standard 1977
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
            The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rages or laughs, there is no rest.

King James 2000 Bible
If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the foolish man rages or laughs, there is no rest.

American King James Version
If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

American Standard Version
If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a wise man contend with a fool, whether he be angry or laugh, he shall find no rest.

Darby Bible Translation
If a wise man contendeth with a fool, whether he rage or laugh, [he] hath no rest.

English Revised Version
If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rageth or laugheth, there is no rest.

World English Bible
If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man, the fool rages or scoffs, and there is no peace.

Young's Literal Translation
A wise man is judged by the foolish man, And he hath been angry, And he hath laughed, and there is no rest.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
8Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger. 9When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. 10Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.…
Cross References
Proverbs 17:12
Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

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

Proverbs 29:8
Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.

Proverbs 29:10
Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.
Treasury of Scripture

If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

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

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