New International Version
Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
King James Bible
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
Darby Bible Translation
Go from the presence of a foolish man, in whom thou perceivest not the lips of knowledge.
World English Bible
Stay away from a foolish man, for you won't find knowledge on his lips.
Young's Literal Translation
Go from before a foolish man, Or thou hast not known the lips of knowledge.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When thou perceivest not - the lips of knowledge - Instead of דעת daath, knowledge, several MSS. have שקר sheker, a lie. How this reading came I cannot conjecture. The meaning of the adage is plain: Never associate with a vain, empty fellow, when thou perceivest he can neither convey nor receive instruction.
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TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our …
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The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.
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