New International Version
Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.
King James Bible
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
Darby Bible Translation
Better is a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth no more how to be admonished.
World English Bible
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who doesn't know how to receive admonition any more.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who hath not known to be warned any more.
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Better is a poor and a wise child - The Targum applies this to Abraham. "Abraham was a poor child of only three years of age; but he had the spirit of prophecy, and he refused to worship the idols which the old foolish king - Nimrod - had set up; therefore Nimrod cast him into a furnace of fire. But the Lord worked a miracle and delivered him. Yet here was no knowledge in Nimrod, and he would not be admonished." The Targum proceeds:
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
is a poor
will no more be
LibraryThe Order of Thought which Surrounded the Development of Jesus.
As the cooled earth no longer permits us to understand the phenomena of primitive creation, because the fire which penetrated it is extinct, so deliberate explanations have always appeared somewhat insufficient when applying our timid methods of induction to the revolutions of the creative epochs which have decided the fate of humanity. Jesus lived at one of those times when the game of public life is freely played, and when the stake of human activity is increased a hundredfold. Every great part, …
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus
The Upbringing of Jewish Children
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.
Jump to PreviousAdmonished Admonition Advice Better Child Foolish Guided Instruction Lad Others Poor Receive Warning Wisdom Wise Young Youth
Jump to NextAdmonished Admonition Advice Better Child Foolish Guided Instruction Lad Others Poor Receive Warning Wisdom Wise Young Youth
LinksEcclesiastes 4:13 NIV
Ecclesiastes 4:13 NLT
Ecclesiastes 4:13 ESV
Ecclesiastes 4:13 NASB
Ecclesiastes 4:13 KJV
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Bible Apps
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 4:13 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 4:13 German Bible
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.