Proverbs 23:9

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Speake not in the eares of a foole: for hee will despise the wisedome of thy words.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Say nothing in the hearing of a foolish man, for he will put no value on the wisdom of your words.
- Basic English Bible

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

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
- Webster's Bible

Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
- World English Bible

In the ears of a fool speak not, For he treadeth on the wisdom of thy words.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Speak not in the ears of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 23:9


23:9 Of a fool - Cast not away good counsels upon incorrigible sinners.


Discussion for Proverbs 23

  • Andrea
    I was led here because of the sin of gluttony or overeating. It's a sin that I've been plagued with since childhood. It's a sin many Christians endure, yet many preachers aren't talking about this severe sin at their pulpits. I can attest that gluttony brings poverty. The spirit of poverty is upon my family, I'm constantly tired, and I dress in same clothes daily. Please pray for me,
  • Gayla Taylor
    In reading Proverbs 23, I didn't quit understand it at first I keep on reading until I understood It. I've been fasing and praying for my only son. The world says 15 years for two burgarly charges , but yet has no evdience at the scene of the crime or no evdience no one placing him at the crime. The lord lead me to this scritpure God has let me known the scarfice I have made ,will be blessed.
  • Cindy
    Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people.
  • Ukeme sampson for verse 18
    nothing can hinder God children from achieve their gold in life
  • Armstrong Kumatsia for verse 18
    whatever you are going through there is and end you will be rewarded for it.
  • Mumba zulu for verse 7
    the thoughts he thinks in his heart speaks of him of how he is

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