Ecclesiastes 5:3
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English Standard Version
For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.

King James Bible
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

American Standard Version
For a dream cometh with a multitude of business, and a fool's voice with a multitude of words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dreams follow many cares: and in many words shall be found folly.

English Revised Version
For a dream cometh with a multitude of business; and a fool's voice with a multitude of words.

Webster's Bible Translation
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by a multitude of words.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Better is a youth poor and wise, than a king old and foolish, who no longer understands how to be warned," - i.e., who increases his folly by this, that he is "wise in his own eyes," Proverbs 26:12; earlier, as עוד denotes, he was, in some measure, accessible to the instruction of others in respect of what was wanting to him; but now in his advanced age he is hardened in his folly, bids defiance to all warning counsel, and undermines his throne. The connection of the verb ידע with ל and the inf. (for which elsewhere only the inf. is used) is a favourite form with the author; it means to know anything well, Ecclesiastes 5:1; Ecclesiastes 6:8; Ecclesiastes 10:15; here is meant an understanding resting on the knowledge of oneself and on the knowledge of men. נזהר is here and at Ecclesiastes 12:12, Psalm 19:12, a Niph. tolerativum, such as the synon. נוסר, Psalm 2:10 : to let oneself be cleared up, made wiser, enlightened, warned. After this contrast, the idea connected with חכם also defines itself. A young man (ילד, as at Daniel 1:4, but also Genesis 4:23) is meant who (vid., above, p. 639, under misken) yet excels the old imbecile and childish king, in that he perceives the necessity of a fundamental change in the present state of public matters, and knows how to master the situation to such a degree that he raises himself to the place of ruler over the neglected community.

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Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself...

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

Cross References
Job 11:2
"Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:14
A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?

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