Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding?

New American Standard Bible

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
When he has no sense?

King James Version

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Holman Bible

Why does a fool have money in his hand
with no intention of buying wisdom?

International Standard Version

What is this? A fool has enough money to buy wisdom, but is senseless?

American Standard Version

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he hath no understanding?

Amplified


Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
When he has no common sense or even a heart for it?

Bible in Basic English

How will money in the hand of the foolish get him wisdom, seeing that he has no sense?

Darby Translation

To what purpose is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no sense?

Julia Smith Translation

Wherefore this a price in the hand of the foolish one to obtain wisdom, and no heart?

King James 2000

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart for it?

Lexham Expanded Bible

Why [is] this? A price in the hand of a fool, [in order] to buy wisdom where there is no {sense}.

Modern King James verseion

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, since he has no heart for it?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

What helpeth it to give a fool money in his hand, whereas he hath no mind to buy wisdom?

NET Bible

Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom?

New Heart English Bible

Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he has no understanding?

The Emphasized Bible

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a dullard? that he who is without sense, may acquire wisdom.

Webster

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

World English Bible

Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding?

Youngs Literal Translation

Why is this -- a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, And a heart there is none?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
מחיר 
M@chiyr 
Usage: 15

in the hand
יד 
Yad 
Usage: 1612

of a fool
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

to get
קנה 
Qanah 
Usage: 84

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

Verse Info

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

15 He who justifies a wicked man, and he who condemns a righteous man, both of them alike are an abomination to LORD. 16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding? 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.



Cross References

Deuteronomy 5:29

Oh that there were such a heart in them that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their sons forever!

Psalm 81:11-13

But my people hearkened not to my voice, and Israel would none of me.

Proverbs 1:22-23

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 8:4-5

To you, O men, I call. And my voice is to the sons of men.

Proverbs 9:4-6

He who is simple, let him turn in here. As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Proverbs 14:6

A scoffer seeks wisdom, and [finds it] not, but knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.

Proverbs 18:15

The heart of a prudent man gets knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 21:25-26

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Isaiah 55:1-3

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come ye to the waters. And he who has no money, come ye, buy, and eat. Yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Hosea 4:11

Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the understanding.

John 3:20

For every man who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, so that his works may not be exposed.

Acts 13:46

But having spoken boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you, but since ye thrust it away, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 28:26-27

saying, Go thou to this people, and say, Hearing ye will hear, and will, no, not understand, and seeing ye will see, and will, no, not perceive.

2 Corinthians 6:1

And working jointly, we urge you also not to receive the grace of God in vain

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