New Living Translation
It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.
King James Bible
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
Darby Bible Translation
To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no sense?
World English Bible
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding?
Young's Literal Translation
Why is this -- a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none?
Proverbs 17:16 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:16 A price - Opportunities and abilities of getting it. No heart - Neither discretion to discern the worth of wisdom, nor any sincere desire to get it.
LibraryCæsarius of Arles.
He was born in the district of Chalons-sur-Saone, A. D. 470. He seems to have been early awakened, by a pious education, to vital Christianity. When he was between seven and eight years old, it would often happen that he would give a portion of his clothes to the poor whom he met, and would say, when he came home, that he had been, constrained to do so. When yet a youth, he entered the celebrated convent on the island of Lerins, (Lerina,) in Provence, from which a spirit of deep and practical piety …
Augustus Neander—Light in the Dark Places
Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity Paul's Thanks and Prayers for Churches.
How the Silent and the Talkative are to be Admonished.
Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.
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