Proverbs 17:16
New International Version
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?

New Living Translation
It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

English Standard Version
Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?

Berean Study Bible
Why should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?

New American Standard Bible
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?

King James Bible
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Christian Standard Bible
Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?

Contemporary English Version
Why should fools have money for an education when they refuse to learn?

Good News Translation
It does a fool no good to spend money on an education, because he has no common sense.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?

International Standard Version
What is this? A fool has enough money to buy wisdom, but is senseless?

NET Bible
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom?

New Heart English Bible
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he has no understanding?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why does property go to a fool when he has no heart to possess wisdom?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he doesn't have a mind to grasp anything?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool To buy wisdom, seeing he hath no understanding?

New American Standard 1977
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of what good is the price to buy wisdom in the hand of the fool, seeing he has no heart to understand?

King James 2000 Bible
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart for it?

American King James Version
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?

American Standard Version
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Why has the fool wealth? for a senseless man will not be able to purchase wisdom. He that exalts his own house seeks ruin; and he that turns aside from instruction shall fall into mischief.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils.

Darby Bible Translation
To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he] hath no sense?

English Revised Version
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he hath no understanding?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

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?
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
15Acquitting the guilty and condemning the righteous—both are detestable to the LORD. 16Why should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom? 17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:23
Invest in truth and never sell it--in wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the meeting place.

Treasury of Scripture

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?

Proverbs 1:22,23
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? …

Proverbs 8:4,5
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man…

Proverbs 9:4-6
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, …

seeing

Proverbs 14:6
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Proverbs 18:15
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 21:25,26
The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour…







Lexicon
Why
לָמָּה־ (lām·māh-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

should the fool
כְּסִ֑יל (kə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

have money
מְחִ֣יר (mə·ḥîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4242: Price, payment, wages

in his hand
בְּיַד־ (bə·yaḏ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

with no
אָֽיִן׃ (’ā·yin)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

intention
וְלֶב־ (wə·leḇ-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of buying
לִקְנ֖וֹת (liq·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

wisdom?
חָכְמָ֣ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom
(16) Wherefore is there a price . . .--He will still remain a fool, though he has paid high for instruction, if he has no capacity for taking it in.

Verse 16. - Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom? A fool thinks that there is a royal road to wisdom, and that it, like other things, is to be purchased with reentry. Vulgate, Quid prodest stulto habere divitias, cum sapientiam emere non possit? The rabbis in later time were not allowed to take fees for teaching; but it was customary to make offerings to seers and wise men, when their services were engaged or their advice was asked (see the case of Saul and Samuel, 1 Samuel 9:7, 8). The last clause gives the reason why it is useless for a fool to try to learn wisdom even at a large expenditure on teachers. Seeing he hath no heart to it; i.e. no capability for receiving it; his mental digestion cannot assimilate it. The heart, as we have already noticed, is regarded as the seat of the understanding. Thus the LXX., "Why doth a fool have wealth? for a man without heart cannot acquire wisdom." In the Gospel Christ calls his disciples "fools and slow of heart to believe what the prophets had written, and himself opened their mind (τὸν νοῦν), that they might understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:25, 45). The Septuagint and Vulgate here introduce a distich derived from portions of vers. 19, 20, "He who raises his house high seeketh destruction; and he who perversely declineth from learning (ὁ δὲ σκολιάζων τοῦ μαθεῖν) shall fall into evils." 17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.
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