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It does a fool no good to spend money on an education, because he has no common sense.
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What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils.
Proverbs 1:22,23 Turn ye at my reproof: behold I will utter my spirit to you, and will shew you my words. . . .
Proverbs 8:4,5 O little ones understand subtlety, and ye unwise, take notice. . . .
Proverbs 9:4-6 Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for you. . . .
Isaiah 55:1-3 All you that thirst, come to the waters: and you that have no money make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without money, and without any price. . . .
Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas said boldly: To you it behoved us first to speak the word of God: but because you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold we turn to the Gentiles.
2 Corinthians 6:1 And we helping do exhort you that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: the learning of the wise is easy.
Proverbs 18:15 A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.
Proverbs 21:25,26 Desires kill the slothful: for his hands have refused to work at all. . . .
Deuteronomy 5:29 Who shall give them to have such a mind, to fear me, and to keep all my commandments at all times, that it may be well with them and with their children for ever?
Psalm 81:11-13 But my people heard not my voice: and Israel hearkened not to me. . . .
Hosea 4:11 Fornication, and wine, and drunkenness, take away the understanding.
John 3:20 For every one that doth evil hateth the light and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved.
Acts 28:26,27 Saying: Go to this people and say to them: With the ear you shall hear and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive. . . .
ContextBetter a Dry Morsel in Quietness
…15He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God. 16What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils.17He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress.…
Additional TranslationsWhy should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding?
Why has the fool wealth? for a senseless man will not be able to purchase wisdom. He that exalts his own house seeks ruin; and he that turns aside from instruction shall fall into mischief.
To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he] hath no sense?
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he hath no understanding?
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding?
Why is this -- a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none?
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