Ecclesiastes 7:5
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English Standard Version
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear 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.

American Standard Version
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, 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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"For there are many words which increase vanity: What cometh forth therefrom for man?" The dispute (objection), דּין, takes place in words; דּברים here will thus not mean "things" (Hengst., Ginsb., Zckl., Bullock, etc.), but "words." As that wrestling or contending against God's decision and providence is vain and worthless, nothing else remains for man but to be submissive, and to acknowledge his limitation by the fear of God; thus there are also many words which only increase yet more the multitude of vanities already existing in this world, for, because they are resultless, they bring no advantage for man. Rightly, Elster finds herein a hint pointing to the influence of the learning of the Jewish schools already existing in Koheleth's time. We know from Josephus that the problem of human freedom and of God's absoluteness was a point of controversy between opposing parties: the Sadducees so emphasized human freedom, that they not only excluded (Antt. xiii. 5. 9; Bell. ii. 8. 14) all divine predetermination, but also co-operation; the Pharisees, on the contrary supposed an interconnection between divine predetermination (εἱμαρμένη) and human freedom (Antt. xiii. 5. 9, xviii. 1. 3; Bell. ii. 8. 14). The Talm. affords us a glance at this controversy; but the statement in the Talm. (in Berachoth 33a, and elsewhere), which conditions all by the power of God manifesting itself in history, but defends the freedom of the religious-moral self-determination of man, may be regarded as a Pharisaic maxim. In Romans 9, Paul places himself on this side; and the author of the Book of Koheleth would subscribe this passage as his testimony, for the "fear God" is the "kern und stern" kernel and star of his pessimistic book.

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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...

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

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

Proverbs 15:31,32 The ear that hears the reproof of life stays among the wise...

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

the song

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

Cross References
Psalm 141:5
Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.

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

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Proverbs 15:31
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 15:32
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Proverbs 25:12
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover 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 mirth.

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