Ecclesiastes 10:3
New International Version
Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.

New Living Translation
You can identify fools just by the way they walk down the street!

English Standard Version
Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.

Berean Study Bible
Even as the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking, and he shows everyone that he is a fool.

New American Standard Bible
Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.

King James Bible
Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Christian Standard Bible
Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool.

Contemporary English Version
Fools show their stupidity by the way they live; it's easy to see they have no sense.

Good News Translation
Their stupidity will be evident even to strangers they meet along the way; they let everyone know that they are fools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, the way a fool lives shows he has no sense; he proclaims to everyone that he's a fool.

NET Bible
Even when a fool walks along the road he lacks sense, and shows everyone what a fool he is.

New Heart English Bible
Yes also, when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even when a fool goes walking, he has no sense and shows everyone else that he's a fool.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea also, when a fool walketh by the way, his understanding faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

New American Standard 1977
Even when the fool walks along the road his sense is lacking, and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even when the fool walks by the way, he lacks prudence, and he says unto every one that he is a fool.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he says to every one that he is a fool.

American King James Version
Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he said to every one that he is a fool.

American Standard Version
Yea also, when the fool walketh by the way, his understanding faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Yea, and whenever a fool walks by the way, his heart will fail him, and all that he thinks of is folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, and the fool when he walketh in the way, whereas be himself is a fool, esteemeth all men fools.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his sense faileth [him], and he saith to every one [that] he is a fool.

English Revised Version
Yea also, when the fool walketh by the way, his understanding faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

World English Bible
Yes also, when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
And also, when he that is a fool Is walking in the way, his heart is lacking, And he hath said to every one, 'He is a fool.'
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
2A wise man’s heart inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. 3Even as the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking, and he shows everyone that he is a fool. 4If the ruler’s temper flares against you, do not abandon your post, for calmness lays great offenses to rest.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.

Proverbs 18:2
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in airing his opinions.

Treasury of Scripture

Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he said to every one that he is a fool.

wisdom

Ecclesiastes 5:3
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

Proverbs 18:2,6
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself…







Lexicon
Even
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

as the fool
כְּשֶׁסָּכָ֥ל‪‬ (kə·šes·sā·ḵāl)
Preposition-k, Pronoun - relative | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5530: A fool

walks
הֹלֵ֖ךְ (hō·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

along the road,
בַּדֶּ֛רֶךְ (bad·de·reḵ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

his sense
לִבּ֣וֹ (lib·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

is lacking,
חָסֵ֑ר (ḥā·sêr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

and he shows
וְאָמַ֥ר (wə·’ā·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

everyone
לַכֹּ֖ל (lak·kōl)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

that he
הֽוּא׃ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is a fool.
סָכָ֥ל (sā·ḵāl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5530: A fool
(3) That he is a fool.--In Hebrew, as in English, the antecedent of "he" may be taken differently, and so the Vulg. and other authorities understand the verse as meaning that the fool in his self-conceit attributes folly to everyone else. But it is better, as well as more obvious, to take the verse of the self-betrayal of the fool (Proverbs 13:16; Proverbs 17:28; Proverbs 18:2).

Verse 3. - Yea, also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way. As soon as ever he sets his foot outside the house, and mixes with other men, he exhibits his folly. If he remained at home he might keep his real ineptitude concealed; but such persons as he are unconscious of their inanity, and take no pains to hide it; they go where, they act as, their foolish heart prompts them. There is no metaphor here, nor any reference to the fool being put in the right path and perversely turning away. It is simply, as the Septuagint renders, Καί γε ἐν ὁδῷ ὅταν ἄφρων πορεύηται His wisdom (Hebrew, heart) faileth him. Ginsburg and others render, "He lacketh his mind," want of heart being continually taken in the Book of Proverbs as equivalent to deficiency of understanding (Proverbs 6:32; Proverbs 7:7, etc.). But Delitzsch and Wright consider the order of the words and the suffix to be against this view, and they translate as the Authorized Version, i.e. his understanding is at fault. And he saith to every one that he is a fool. The sentence is ambiguous, and capable of two interpretations. The Vulgate has, Cumipse insipiens sit, omnes stultos aestimat. Jerome quotes Symmachus as rendering, "He suspects all men that they are fools." According to this view, the fool in his conceit thinks that every one he meets is a fool, says this in his mind, like the sluggard in Proverbs 26:16, "Who is wiser in his own conceit than ten men that can render a reason." Another explanation, more closely in accordance with the foregoing clauses, takes the pronoun in "he is a fool" to refer to the man himself, se esse stultum (comp. Psalm 9:21 [20], "Let the nations know themselves to be but men"). As soon as he goes abroad, his words and actions display his real character; he betrays himself; he says virtually to all with whom he has to do, "I am a fool" (comp. Proverbs 13:16; Proverbs 18:2). It is hard to say to which interpretation the Septuagint inclines, giving, Καὶ α} λογιεῖται πάντα ἀφροσύνη ἐστίν, "And all that he will think is folly." 10:1-3 Those especially who make a profession of religion, should keep from all appearances of evil. A wise man has great advantage over a fool, who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Sin is the reproach of sinners, wherever they go, and shows their folly.
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