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.
Proverbs 23:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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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'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 …
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"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.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
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