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

  • Kosmos
    20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

    This is wrong
  • BSP
    Verse 22 really urges children to have respect for their parents. This should not change even when the parents grow older.
  • Andrew Browne Troupe
    May God help those who have done me wrong..
    My children have been taken my life stolen
    Was removed from my peace life without reason..
    Homeless no money
    Unjustly ..
    I have nothing except God family and friends ..
    If God is with us
    I can only pray
    I know he is..
    Thanks for your sight
    I was blind
    All this was caused by
    My spiritual awaking..
    It confused many ...
    As I'm a songwriter
  • Felicia
    It saddens me to hear this. Sometimes we get so lost in our own little world that we don't think about people who are suffering this way.
    Although, I am not a preacher, I will be teaching others, during my spiritual walk, about this.
    It is serious and you're right, it is one of the seven sins.
  • Charlie
    I too have sin of gluttony. Andrea I hear you loud and clear. I always have to remember physically that my stomach is only as big as my fist. And that is what I try to remember when I eat anything. As long as we have enough food to fill that you can control eating and most of all talk with the Lord before during and after. Remember Your body belongs to the Lord. :) Not the devil.
  • Kenneth
    first try to accept we are human and not perfect. So when fears creep in call on God. Be as patient as you can and let God handle the situation in his time and not yours.

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