Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Whoever {quarries} stones will be wounded by them. Whoever splits logs will be endangered by them. 10 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. 11 If the snake bites before the charming, {the snake charmer will not succeed}.



Cross References

1 Corinthians 14:20

Brothers, do not become children in [your] understanding, but with respect to wickedness be as a child, and in [your] understanding be mature.

Ephesians 5:15-17

Therefore, consider carefully how you live, not as unwise but as wise,

James 1:5

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask for [it] from God, who gives to all without reservation and not reproaching, and it will be given to him.

Genesis 41:33-39

Now then, let Pharaoh select a man [who is] discerning and wise, and let him set him over the land of Egypt.

Exodus 18:19-23

Now listen to my voice; I will advise you, and may God be with you. You be for the people before God, and you bring the issues to God.

1 Kings 3:9

Give to your servant a listening heart to judge your people, to discern between good and bad, because who is able to judge this, your difficult people?"

1 Chronicles 12:32

And from the men of Issachar: {men who were skilled in understanding the times} to know what Israel should do. Their chiefs [were] two hundred, and all their kinsmen [were] under their command.

2 Chronicles 23:4-11

This is the thing that you must do: one third of you priests and Levites {coming off duty on the Sabbath} [shall be] gatekeepers at the entrances

Ecclesiastes 9:15-17

Now, a poor wise man was found in it, and he delivered the city by his wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 10:15

The fool is so worn out by a hard day's work {he cannot even find his way home at night}.

Matthew 10:16

"Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Acts 6:1-9

Now in these days, [as] the disciples were increasing [in number], a complaint arose by the {Greek-speaking Jews} against the {Hebraic Jews} because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution [of food].

Acts 15:2-21

And [after] there was no little strife and debate by Paul and Barnabas against them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas and some others from among them to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this issue.

Romans 16:19

For [the report of] your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, and I want you to be wise toward what [is] good, but innocent toward what [is] evil.

Colossians 4:5

Live with wisdom toward those outside, making the most of the time.

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