Ecclesiastes 9:17
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English Standard Version
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

King James Bible
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

American Standard Version
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the wise are heard in silence, more than the cry of a prince among fools.

English Revised Version
The words of the wise spoken in quiet are heard more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Ecclesiastes 9:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Further, I came to see under the sun, that the race belongs not to the swift, and the war not to the heroes, and also not bread to the wise man, and not riches to the prudent, and not favour to men of knowledge; for time and chance happeneth to them all." The nearest preceding רא, to which this ורב ורא suitably connects itself, is at Ecclesiastes 8:17. Instead of redii et videndo quidem equals rursus vidi (cf. Ecclesiastes 8:9 and under Ecclesiastes 9:1), we had at Ecclesiastes 4:1 the simpler expression, redii et vidi. The five times repeated ל is that of property, of that, viz., by virtue of which one is master of that which is named, has power over it, disposes of it freely. The race belongs not to the swift (מרוץ, masc. to מרוּצה, only here), i.e., their fleetness is yet no guarantee that on account of it they will reach the goal. Luther freely: "To be fleet does not help in running," i.e., running to an object or goal. "The war belongs not to the heroes," means that much rather it belongs to the Lord, 1 Samuel 17:47. - God alone gives the victory (Psalm 33:16). Even so the gaining of bread, riches, favour (i.e., influence, reputation), does not lie in wisdom, prudence, knowledge of themselves, as an indispensable means thereto; but the obtaining of them, or the not obtaining of them, depends on times and circumstances which lie beyond the control of man, and is thus, in the final result, conditioned by God (cf. Romans 9:16);

(Note: But not Jeremiah 9:22; this passage, referred to by Bernstein, is of a different nature.)

time and fate happen to all whose ability appears to warrant the issue, they both time and fate encounter them and bar to them the way; they are in an inexplicable manner dependent on both, and helplessly subject to them. As the idea of spiritual superiority is here expressed in a threefold manner by הח (whence לה of the plur., also with the art. Ecclesiastes 9:1; Exodus 36:4; Esther 1:13), 'הן, and היּ, so at Isaiah 11:2, the gifts of "wisdom," "counsel," and "knowledge" follow each other. 'Eth is here "time" with its special circumstances (conjunctures), and pega', "accident," particularly as an adversity, disappointment of the word is used also without any addition (1 Kings 5:18) of misfortune (cf. שיר פגעים, Psalm 3:1-8; 91). The masc. יק is regulated after וף; 'eth can, however, be used in the masc., Sol 2:12; Bttch. 648, viz., "with the misapprehension of its origin" (v. Orelli).

This limitation of man in his efforts, in spite of all his capacity, has its reason in this, that he is on the whole not master of his own life:

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Genesis 41:33-40 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt...

1 Samuel 7:3-6 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return to the LORD with all your hearts...

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that flatters with the tongue.

Isaiah 42:2,4 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street...

James 1:20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

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