Proverbs 23:9
New International Version
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

New Living Translation
Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.

English Standard Version
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

Berean Study Bible
Do not speak to a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

New American Standard Bible
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

King James Bible
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words.

Contemporary English Version
Don't talk to fools--they will make fun of you.

Good News Translation
Don't try to talk sense to a fool; he can't appreciate it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words.

International Standard Version
Don't speak when a fool is listening, because he'll despise your wise words.

NET Bible
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

New Heart English Bible
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not speak in front of a fool because he despises your words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not talk directly to a fool, because he will despise the wisdom of your words.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Speak not in the ears of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

New American Standard 1977
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the prudence of thy words.

King James 2000 Bible
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

American King James Version
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

American Standard Version
Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak not in the ears of fools: because they will despise the instruction of thy speech.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

English Revised Version
Speak not in the hearing of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Webster's Bible Translation
Speak not in the ears of a fool: 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.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
True Riches
8You will vomit up what little you have eaten and waste your pleasant words. 9Do not speak to a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. 10Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 9:7
He who corrects a mocker will bring shame on himself; he who rebukes a wicked man will be tainted.

Proverbs 14:7
Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

Proverbs 26:4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be like him.

Treasury of Scripture

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

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Proverbs 9:7,8 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes …

Proverbs 26:4,5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him…

Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's …

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Acts 13:45,46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

Acts 28:25-28 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that …

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Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

John 8:52 Then said the Jews to him, Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham …

John 9:30-34,40 The man answered and said to them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, …

John 10:20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?

Acts 17:18,32 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

1 Corinthians 1:21-24 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God…

1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …







Lexicon
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

speak
תְּדַבֵּ֑ר (tə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to a fool,
כְ֭סִיל (ḵə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he will despise
יָ֝ב֗וּז (yā·ḇūz)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 936: To disrespect

the wisdom
לְשֵׂ֣כֶל (lə·śê·ḵel)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7922: Intelligence, success

of your words.
מִלֶּֽיךָ׃ (mil·le·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic
(9) Speak not in the ears of a fool.--Do not waste thy time in explaining matters to him.

A fool.--A dull, stupid person. (Comp. Proverbs 1:22.)

Verse 9. - Here is another case in which "sweet words" are lost. Speak not in the ears of a fool. This does not mean, as it would in our English phrase - whisper not to a fool; but do not take the trouble to try to make him understand, impart nothing to him. The "fool" here (kesil) is the dull, stolid, stupid man. who cannot be moved from his own narrow groove (see on Proverbs 1:22). It is a mere casting of pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6) to speak to such a man of high aims, righteous motives, self-sacrifice (comp. Proverbs 9:8). He will despise the wisdom of thy words. He cannot enter into the meaning of words of wisdom; he has no appetite for them, he cannot assimilate them; and in his self-satisfied dulness he feels for them nothing but contempt (Ecclus. 22:7, etc., "Whoso teacheth a fool is as one that glueth a potsherd together, and as he that waketh one from a sound sleep. He that telleth a tale to a fool speaketh to one in a slumber: whey he hath told his tale, he will say, What is the matter?") 23:1-3 God's restraints of the appetite only say, Do thyself no harm. 4,5. Be not of those that will be rich. The things of this world are not happiness and a portion for a soul; those that hold them ever so fast, cannot hold them always, cannot hold them long. 6-8. Do not make thyself burdensome to any, especially those not sincere. When we are called by God to his feast, and to let our souls delight themselves, Isa 25:6; 55:2, we may safely partake of the Bread of life. 9. It is our duty to take all fit occasions to speak of Divine things; but if what a wise man says will not be heard, let him hold his peace. 10,11. The fatherless are taken under God's special protection. He is their Redeemer, who will take their part; and he is mighty, almighty.
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