Parallel Verses

Jubilee 2000 Bible

If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must put forth more strength, but the advantages of wisdom excel.

New American Standard Bible

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

King James Version

If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Holman Bible

If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge,
then one must exert more strength;
however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.

International Standard Version

If someone's ax is blunt the edge isn't sharpened then more strength will be needed. Putting wisdom to work will bring success.

A Conservative Version

If the iron be blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must increase strength. But wisdom is advantageous to make right.

American Standard Version

If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Amplified

If the ax is dull and the man does not whet the edge, he must put forth more strength; but wisdom helps him to succeed.

Bible in Basic English

If the iron has no edge, and he does not make it sharp, then he has to put out more strength; but wisdom makes things go well.

Darby Translation

If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he apply more strength; but wisdom is profitable to give success.

Julia Smith Translation

If the iron became dull and he polished not the face, and he will strengthen the forces: and wisdom will make preeminence to prosper.

King James 2000

If the iron is blunt, and he does not sharpen the edge, then must he use more strength: but wisdom helps one to succeed.

Lexham Expanded Bible

If the ax is blunt but one does not sharpen its edge, {he must exert more effort}, but the advantage of wisdom [is] it brings success.

Modern King James verseion

If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must put more strength to it. But wisdom is profitable to direct.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

When an iron is blunt, and the point not sharpened, it must be whet again, and that with might. Even so doth wisdom follow diligence.

NET Bible

If an iron axhead is blunt and a workman does not sharpen its edge, he must exert a great deal of effort; so wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

New Heart English Bible

If the axe is blunt, and one doesn't sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.

The Emphasized Bible

If, blunt, be the iron, and, himself, hath not sharpened, the edge, then, much force, must he apply, - but, an advantage for giving success, is wisdom.

Webster

If the iron is blunt, and he doth not whet the edge, then must he use more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

World English Bible

If the axe is blunt, and one doesn't sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.

Youngs Literal Translation

If the iron hath been blunt, And he the face hath not sharpened, Then doth he increase strength, And wisdom is advantageous to make right.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
If the iron
בּרזל 
Barzel 
Usage: 76

be blunt
קהה 
Qahah 
set on edge, blunt
Usage: 4

and he do not whet
קלל 
Qalal 
Usage: 82

the edge
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

גּבר 
Gabar 
Usage: 25

חיל 
Chayil 
Usage: 243

but wisdom
חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

יתרון 
Yithrown 
Usage: 10

References

Hastings

Context Readings

Hard Work And Skill Alone Cannot Succeed'Wisdom Is Necessary

9 Whosoever moves the stones shall have tribulation along with it, and he that cuts the firewood shall be endangered by it. 10 If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must put forth more strength, but the advantages of wisdom excel. 11 If the serpent bites without being enchanted, then the babbler is no more.



Cross References

1 Corinthians 14:20

Brothers, be not children in understanding, howbeit in malice be ye children; but in understanding be perfect.

Ephesians 5:15-17

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

James 1:5

And if any of you lacks wisdom, let them ask of God (who gives abundantly to all, and without reproach), and it shall be given them.

Genesis 41:33-39

Now therefore let Pharaoh find a discreet and wise man and set him over the land of Egypt.

Exodus 18:19-23

Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people before God that thou may submit the causes unto God.

1 Kings 3:9

Give, therefore, thy slave a hearing heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this thy so great a people?

1 Chronicles 12:32

And of the sons of Issachar, two hundred chief men, who had understanding of the times and were wise to know what Israel ought to do; and all their brethren followed their word.

2 Chronicles 23:4-11

This is the thing that ye must do: A third part of you, those who enter on the sabbath, shall be porters at the doors with the priests and the Levites;

Ecclesiastes 9:15-17

now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no one remembered that same poor man.

Ecclesiastes 10:15

The labour of the foolish wearies all of them because they do not know how to go to the city.

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore prudent as serpents and innocent as doves.

Acts 6:1-9

And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, that their widows were neglected in the daily ministry.

Acts 15:2-21

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain other of them should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

Romans 16:19

For your obedience is come abroad unto all places. I am glad therefore on your behalf, but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good and innocent concerning evil.

Colossians 4:5

Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, winning the occasion.

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