Proverbs 24:7
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English Standard Version
Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.

King James Bible
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is too high for a fool: He openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wisdom is too high for a fool, in the gate he shall not open his mouth.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After this divergence (in Proverbs 23:29-35) from the usual form of the proverb, there is now a return to the tetrastich:

1 Envy not evil men,

   And desire not to have intercourse with them.

2 For their heart thinketh of violence,

   And their lips speak mischief.

The warning, not to envy the godless, is also found at Proverbs 3:31; Proverbs 23:17; Proverbs 24:19, but is differently constructed in each of these passages. Regarding תּתאו with Pathach, vid., at Proverbs 23:3. אנשׁי רעה (cf. רע, Proverbs 28:5) are the wicked, i.e., such as cleave to evil, and to whom evil clings. The warning is grounded in this, that whoever have intercourse with such men, make themselves partners in greater sins and evil: for their heart broodeth (write כּי שׁד, Munach Dech) violence, i.e., robbery, plunder, destruction, murder, and the like. With שׁד (in the Mishle only here and at Proverbs 21:7, cf. שׁדּד, Proverbs 19:26) connects itself elsewhere חמס, here (cf. Habakkuk 1:3) עמל, labor, molestia, viz., those who prepare it for others by means of slanderous, crafty, uncharitable talk.

Proverbs 24:7 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to him that understands.

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Psalm 10:5 His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffs at them.

Psalm 92:5,6 O LORD, how great are your works! and your thoughts are very deep...

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them...


Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Proverbs 31:8,9 Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction...

Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Job 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:

Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproves in the gate...

Amos 5:10,12,15 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks uprightly...

Cross References
Job 5:4
His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.

Psalm 10:5
His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

Psalm 127:5
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 14:6
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Proverbs 17:7
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

Proverbs 17:16
Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?

Isaiah 32:6
For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.

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