New Living Translation
Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king.
King James Bible
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Darby Bible Translation
The words of the wise are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
World English Bible
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools.
Young's Literal Translation
The words of the wise in quiet are heard, More than the cry of a ruler over fools.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:17 Of wise men - Though poor. In quiet - Uttered with a modest and low voice. The cry - The clamorous discourses of a rich and potent, but foolish man.
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