Parallel Verses

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?

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?

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?

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 [for being worldly-wise is not the secret to happiness]? What advantage has the poor man who has learned how to walk [publicly] among the living [with men’s eyes on him; for 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?

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?

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 All the labour that man taketh is for himself, and yet his desire is never filled after his mind. 8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? What helpeth it the poor, that he knoweth to walk before the living? 9 The sight of the eyes is better, then that the soul should so depart away. Howbeit, this is also a vain thing and a disquietness of mind.


Cross References

Genesis 17:1

When Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to him saying, "I am the almighty God: walk before me and be uncorrupt.

Psalm 101:2

O let me have understanding in the ways of Godliness, until the time that thou come unto me! I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.

Psalm 116:9

I will walk before the LORD, in the land of the living.

Proverbs 19:1

Better is the poor that liveth godly, than the blasphemer that is but a fool.

Ecclesiastes 2:14-16

For a wise man beareth his eyes about in his head, but the fool goeth in the darkness. I perceived also that they both had one end.

Ecclesiastes 5:11

Whereas many riches are, there are many also that spend them away. And what pleasure more hath he that possesseth them, saving that he may look upon them with his eyes?

Luke 1:6

Both were perfect before God, and walked in all the laws and ordinances of the Lord, that no man could find fault with them.

1 Timothy 6:17

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not exceeding wise, and that they trust not in the uncertain riches, but in the living God, which giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy them,

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