New International Version
It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
King James Bible
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Darby Bible Translation
It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.
World English Bible
It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.
Young's Literal Translation
The multitude are not wise, Nor do the aged understand judgment.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Great men are not always wise - This is a true saying, which the experience of every age and every country increasingly verifies. And it is most certain that, in the case before us, the aged did not understand judgment; they had a great many wise and good sayings, which they had collected, but showed neither wisdom nor discretion in applying them.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Library"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
Rom. viii. s 5, 6.--"For they that are after the flesh do mind," &c. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." There are many differences among men in this world, that, as to outward appearance, are great and wide, and indeed they are so eagerly pursued, and seriously minded by men, as if they were great and momentous. You see what a strife and contention there is among men, how to be extracted out of the dregs of the multitude, and set a little higher …
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'
"Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.
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