Parallel Verses

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?

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?

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?

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 labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8 For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living? 9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.


Cross References

Genesis 17:1

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am El Shaddai. Walk before me, and be blameless.

Psalm 101:2

I will be careful to live a blameless life. When will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.

Psalm 116:9

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

Proverbs 19:1

Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Ecclesiastes 2:14-16

The wise man's eyes are in his head, and the fool walks in darkness?and yet I perceived that one event happens to them all.

Ecclesiastes 5:11

When goods increase, those who eat them are increased; and what advantage is there to its owner, except to feast on them with his eyes?

Luke 1:6

They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:17

Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy;

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