Ecclesiastes 4:13

“Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Better is a poore and a wise child, then an old and foolish king who will no more be admonished.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows {how} to receive instruction.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A young man who is poor and wise is better than a king who is old and foolish and will not be guided by the wisdom of others.
- Basic English Bible

Better is a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth no more how to be admonished.
- Darby Bible

Better is a poor and a wise child, than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
- Webster's Bible

Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who doesn't know how to receive admonition any more.
- World English Bible

Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who hath not known to be warned any more.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 4:13


4:13 Better - More happy. Now he proceeds to another vanity, That of honour and power. Than a king - Who hath neither wisdom to govern himself, nor to receive the counsels of wiser men.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 4:13

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