New International Version
To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.
King James Bible
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Darby Bible Translation
He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him.
World English Bible
He who gives answer before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to him and shame.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that answereth a matter - This is a common case; before a man can tell out his story, another will begin his. Before a man has made his response, the other wishes to confute piecemeal, though he has had his own speech already. This is foolishness to them. They are ill-bred. There are many also that give judgment before they hear the whole of the cause, and express an opinion before they hear the state of the case. How absurd, stupid, and foolish!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
answereth a matter; returneth a word.
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