New American Standard Bible
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
King James Bible
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
Darby Bible Translation
To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no sense?
World English Bible
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding?
Young's Literal Translation
Why is this -- a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
More literally: Why is there a price in the hand of a fool? Is it to get wisdom when he has no heart for it? No money will avail without the understanding heart.
LibraryThe Unrivalled Friend
A sermon (No. 899) delivered on Lord's Day morning, November 7th, 1869, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."--Proverbs 17:17. There is one thing about the usefulness of which all men are agreed, namely, friendship; but most men are soon aware that counterfeits of friendship are common as autumn leaves. Few men enjoy from others the highest and truest form of friendship. The friendships of this world are …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
The Raising of the Young Man of Nain - the Meeting of Life and Death.
Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
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