New Living Translation
It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice.
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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:13 Better - More happy. Now he proceeds to another vanity, That of honour and power. Than a king - Who hath neither wisdom to govern himself, nor to receive the counsels of wiser men.
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
One wise person is stronger than ten leading citizens of a town!
A poor, wise man knew how to save the town, and so it was rescued. But afterward no one thought to thank him.
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