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.
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.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 Parallel
CommentaryKeil 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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
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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