English Standard Version
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
King James Bible
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
American Standard Version
If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.
If a wise man contend with a fool, whether he be angry or laugh, he shall find no rest.
English Revised Version
If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.
Webster's Bible Translation
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rageth or laugheth, there is no rest.
Proverbs 29:9 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
This political proverb is now followed by one of general ethics:
3 A man who loveth wisdom delighteth his father;
And he who keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
Line first is a variation of Proverbs 10:1. אישׁ־אהב has, according to rule, the Metheg, cf. 9a. אישׁ is man, without distinction of age, from childhood (Genesis 4:1) up to ripe old age (Isaiah 66:13); love and dutiful relation towards father and mother never cease. Line second reminds of Proverbs 28:7 (cf. Proverbs 13:20).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool in his folly.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.
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