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 23:9

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