Ecclesiastes 7:5
New International Version
It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

New Living Translation
Better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool.

English Standard Version
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

Berean Study Bible
It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.

New American Standard Bible
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

King James Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Christian Standard Bible
It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person than to listen to the song of fools,

Contemporary English Version
Correction from someone wise is better by far than praise from fools.

Good News Translation
It is better to have wise people reprimand you than to have stupid people sing your praises.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person than to listen to the song of fools,

International Standard Version
It is better to listen to a wise person's rebuke than to listen to the praise of fools.

NET Bible
It is better for a person to receive a rebuke from those who are wise than to listen to the song of fools.

New Heart English Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is better to listen to wise people who reprimand you than to fools who sing your praises.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, Than for a man to hear the song of fools.

New American Standard 1977
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

King James 2000 Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

American King James Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

American Standard Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is better to hear a reproof of a wise man, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, than to be deceived by the flattery of fools.

Darby Bible Translation
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise, than to hear the song of fools.

English Revised Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

World English Bible
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Better to hear a rebuke of a wise man, Than for a man to hear a song of fools,
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. 5It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. 6For like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool—this too is futile.…
Cross References
Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.

Proverbs 6:23
For this commandment is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way to life,

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and shame come to him who ignores discipline, but whoever heeds correction will be honored.

Proverbs 15:31
He who listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 15:32
He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

Proverbs 25:12
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

Ecclesiastes 7:4
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 9:17
The calm words of the wise are heeded over the shouts of a ruler among fools.

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd.

Treasury of Scripture

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

better

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Proverbs 9:8
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Proverbs 13:13
Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

the song

Psalm 69:12
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.







Lexicon
It is better
ט֕וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to heed
לִשְׁמֹ֖עַ (liš·mō·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

a wise man’s
חָכָ֑ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

rebuke
גַּעֲרַ֣ת (ga·‘ă·raṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1606: A chiding

than
מֵאִ֕ישׁ (mê·’îš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

to listen
שֹׁמֵ֖עַ (šō·mê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

to the song
שִׁ֥יר (šîr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7892: A song, singing

of fools.
כְּסִילִֽים׃ (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool
Verse 5. - It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise. Gearah, "rebuke," is the word used in Proverbs for the grave admonition which heals and strengthens while it wounds (see Proverbs 13:1; Proverbs 17:10). The silent lessons which a man learns from the contemplation of others' sorrow are rightly supplemented by the salutary correction of the wise man's tongue. Than for a man to hear the song of fools. Shir, "song," is a general term used of sacred or profane song; the connection here with the second clause of ver. 4, etc., leads one to think of the hoister-cue, reckless, often immodest, singing heard in the house of revelry, such as Amos (Amos 6:5) calls "idle songs to the sound of the viol" Koheleth might have heard these in his own country, without drawing his experience from the license of Greek practice or the impurity of Greek lyrics. The Vulgate renders the clause, Quum stultorum adulatione decipi, Than to be deceived by the flattery of tools." This is a paraphrase; the correctness is negatived by the explanation given in the following verse. 7:1-6 Reputation for piety and honesty is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. It will do more good to go to a funeral than to a feast. We may lawfully go to both, as there is occasion; our Saviour both feasted at the wedding of his friend in Cana, and wept at the grave of his friend in Bethany. But, considering how apt we are to be vain and indulge the flesh, it is best to go to the house of mourning, to learn the end of man as to this world. Seriousness is better than mirth and jollity. That is best for us which is best for our souls, though it be unpleasing to sense. It is better to have our corruptions mortified by the rebuke of the wise, than to have them gratified by the song of fools. The laughter of a fool is soon gone, the end of his mirth is heaviness.
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