New International Version
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?
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?
Proverbs 17:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water - As soon as the smallest breach is made in the dike or dam, the water begins to press from all parts towards the breach; the resistance becomes too great to be successfully opposed, so that dikes and all are speedily swept away. Such is the beginning of contentions, quarrels, lawsuits, etc.
Leave off contention, before it be meddled with - As you see what an altercation must lead to, therefore do not begin it. Before it be mingled together, התגלע hithgalla, before the spirits of the contending parties come into conflict - are joined together in battle, and begin to deal out mutual reflections and reproaches. When you see that the dispute is likely to take this turn, leave it off immediately.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
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