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New International Version
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
New Living Translation
Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.
English Standard Version
Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.
Berean Standard Bible
Wisdom is too high for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the meeting place.
King James Bible
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
New King James Version
Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.
New American Standard Bible
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth at the gate.
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Wisdom is too high for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Wisdom is too exalted for a [hardened, arrogant] fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate [where the city’s rulers sit in judgment].
Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is inaccessible to a fool; he does not open his mouth at the city gate.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is inaccessible to a fool; he does not open his mouth at the gate.
American Standard Version
Wisdom is too high for a fool: He openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wisdom casts out the fool and he does not open his mouth in the gate.
Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wisdom and good understanding are in the gates of the wise: the wise turn not aside from the mouth of the Lord,
Contemporary English Version
Wisdom is too much for fools! Their advice is no good.
Wisdom is too high for a fool, in the gate he shall not open his mouth.
Good News Translation
Wise sayings are too deep for stupid people to understand. They have nothing to say when important matters are being discussed.
International Standard Version
Wisdom lies beyond reach of the fool; he has nothing to say in court.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Wisdom is as unattainable to a fool as corals; He openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Literal Standard Version
Wisdom [is] high for a fool, he does not open his mouth in the gate.
New American Bible
Wise words are beyond fools’ reach, in the assembly they do not open their mouth;
Wisdom is unattainable for a fool; in court he does not open his mouth.
New Revised Standard Version
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the gate they do not open their mouths.
New Heart English Bible
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he doesn't open his mouth in the gate.
World English Bible
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he doesn't open his mouth in the gate.
Young's Literal Translation
Wisdom is high for a fool, In the gate he openeth not his mouth.
Additional Translations ...
ContextDo not Envy
…6Only with sound guidance should you wage war, and victory lies in a multitude of counselors. 7Wisdom is too high for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the meeting place. 8He who plots evil will be called a schemer.…
His sons are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.
He is secure in his ways at all times; Your lofty judgments are far from him; he sneers at all his foes.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. He will not be put to shame when he confronts the enemies at the gate.
A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
Eloquent words are unfit for a fool; how much worse are lying lips to a ruler!
Why should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?
For a fool speaks foolishness; his mind plots iniquity. He practices ungodliness and speaks falsely about the LORD; he leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.
Treasury of Scripture
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he opens not his mouth in the gate.
Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
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 hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
Proverbs 31:8,9 Open thy 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!
Wisdom is too high for a fool.--For "wisdom" (literally, wisdoms), comp. note on Proverbs 1:20. He has been too self-willed to learn; so while others express their opinions when the business or justice of his city is being transacted (see above on Proverbs 22:22) he has to remain sheepishly silent.Verses 7-10. - Some distichs now follow, concerned with wisdom and its opposite. Verse 7. - Wisdom is too high for a fool. It is beyond his reach, he cannot follow its lead, and has nothing to say when his counsel is asked, and no ability to judge of any question presented to him. "Wisdom" (chochmoth) is in the plural number, intimating the various attributes connoted by it, or the different aspects in which it may be regarded (see note on Proverbs 1:20). "Too high" (ראמות, ramoth) is also plural; and Delitzsch and Nowack take it to mean, not so much "high things" as "precious things," such as pearls or precious stones, in accordance with Job 28:18, "No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; yea,. the price of wisdom is above rubies." In this sense Delitzsch translates, "Wisdom seems to the fool to be an ornamental commodity," a costly and unnecessary appendage, which is not worth the sacrifices entailed by its pursuit. Whichever way we take it, the point is the rarity and inaccessibility of wisdom, and the repugnance of fools to make any exertion in order to obtain it. St. Augustine thus sums up the steps by which wisdom is reached: fear of God, piety, knowledge, fortitude, mercifulness, sincerity ('De Doctr. Christ.,' 2:7). He openeth not him month in the gate. When men gather in the usual place of assembly (Proverbs 8:3; Proverbs 22:2), to take counsel on public matters, he has nothing to say; he listens fatuously, and is silent. Septuagint, "Wisdom and good thought are in the gates of the wise; the wise turn not aside from the mouth of the Lord, but reason in assemblies."
Parallel Commentaries ...
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 2454: Wisdom, every wise woman
[is] too high
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise
for a fool;
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 191: Foolish
he does not
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to
in the meeting place.
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8179: An opening, door, gate
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