Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

For what advantage has the wise person over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have in knowing how to face life?

New American Standard Bible

For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living?

King James Version

For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Holman Bible

What advantage then does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage is there for the poor person who knows how to conduct himself before others?

A Conservative Version

For what advantage has the wise man more than the fool? What has the poor man, who knows how to walk before the living?

American Standard Version

For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth how to walk before the living?

Amplified

For what advantage has the wise man over the fool [being worldly-wise is not the secret to happiness]? What advantage has the poor man who has learned how to walk before the living [publicly, with men's eyes upon him; being poor is not the secret to happiness either]?

Bible in Basic English

What have the wise more than the foolish? and what has the poor man by walking wisely before the living?

Darby Translation

For what advantage hath the wise above the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For what has the wise more than the fool? what more has the poor that knows how to walk among the living?

Julia Smith Translation

For what will remain to the wise one more than the foolish one? what to the poor that shall know to go before the living

King James 2000

For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, who knows to walk before the living?

Lexham Expanded Bible

So do the wise [really] have an advantage over fools? {Can the poor [really] gain anything by knowing how to act in front of others}?

Modern King James verseion

For what has the wise more than the fool? What gain has the poor who knows how to walk before the living?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For what hath the wise more than the fool? What helpeth it the poor, that he knoweth to walk before the living?

NET Bible

So what advantage does a wise man have over a fool? And what advantage does a pauper gain by knowing how to survive?

New Heart English Bible

For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?

The Emphasized Bible

For what profit hath the wise man, over the dullard? What can, the poor man, know - so as to walk before the living?

Webster

For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

World English Bible

For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?

Youngs Literal Translation

For what advantage is to the wise above the fool? What to the poor who knoweth to walk before the living?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
חכם 
Chakam 
Usage: 137

יותר 
Yowther 
Usage: 8

than the fool
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

what hath the poor
עני 
`aniy 
Usage: 75

to walk
הלך 
Halak 
go, walk, come, ...away, ...along,
Usage: 1545

Verse Info

Context Readings

One Must Learn To Be Content With What One Has

7 Every person works for his own self-interests, but his desires remain unsatisfied. 8 For what advantage has the wise person over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have in knowing how to face life? 9 It is better to focus on what you can see than to meander after your self-interest; this also is pointless and a chasing after wind.


Cross References

Genesis 17:1

When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and announced, "I am God Almighty. Live in constant awareness that I'm always with you, and be blameless.

Psalm 101:2

I will pay attention to living a life of integrity when will I attain it? I will live with integrity of heart in my house.

Psalm 116:9

I will walk in the LORD's presence in the lands of the living.

Proverbs 19:1

A poor man who walks blamelessly is better than a fool who speaks perversely.

Ecclesiastes 2:14-16

The wise use their eyes, but the fool walks in darkness. I also perceived that the same outcome affects them all.

Ecclesiastes 5:11

When possessions increase, so does the number of consumers; therefore what good are they to their owners, except to look at them?

Luke 1:6

Both of them were righteous before God, having lived blamelessly according to all of the commandments and regulations of the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:17

Tell those who are rich in this age not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, let them place their confidence in God, who lavishly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

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