Proverbs 23:9
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New International Version
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

King James Bible
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

World English Bible
Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Young's Literal Translation
In the ears of a fool speak not, For he treadeth on the wisdom of thy words.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The morsel which thou hast eaten - On reflection thou wilt even blame thyself for having accepted his invitation.

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Proverbs 9:7,8 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot...

Proverbs 26:4,5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him...

Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet...

Acts 13:45,46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul...

Acts 28:25-28 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word...

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Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

John 8:52 Then said the Jews to him, Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you say, If a man keep my saying...

John 9:30-34,40 The man answered and said to them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that you know not from where he is, and yet he has opened my eyes...

John 10:20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?

Acts 17:18,32 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some...

1 Corinthians 1:21-24 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God...

1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised...

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A Condensed Guide for Life
'My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 17. Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 18. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. 19. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Three Important Precepts
A sermon (No. 2152) intended for reading on Lord's Day, July 13th, 1890, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Lord's Day Evening, June 22nd, 1890. "Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way."--Proverbs 23:19. The words are very direct and personal; and that is what I wish my sermon to be. My soul is more and more set upon immediate conversions. I have no voice with which to play the orator; I have only enough strength to be an earnest pleader
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Comforts Belonging to Mourners
Having already presented to your view the dark side of the text, I shall now show you the light side, They shall be comforted'. Where observe: 1 Mourning goes before comfort as the lancing of a wound precedes the cure. The Antinomian talks of comfort, but cries down mourning for sin. He is like a foolish patient who, having a pill prescribed him, licks the sugar but throws away the pill. The libertine is all for joy and comfort. He licks the sugar but throws away the bitter pill of repentance. If
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Of Internal Acts
Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. I intend here to speak only of Internal acts, those energies of the soul, by which it turns internally to some objects, and averts from others. If during my application to God I should form a will to change the nature of my act, I thereby withdraw myself
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

Cross References
Matthew 7:6
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:7
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.

Proverbs 14:7
Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

Proverbs 26:4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.

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