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Ecclesiastes 9:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The words of the wise heard in quietness are [better] than the shouting of a ruler among fools.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The words of the wise are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The words of the wise, in quietness, are heard,—beyond the outcry of one who ruleth over dullards.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The words of the wise in quiet are heard, More than the cry of a ruler over fools.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The words of the wise are heard in silence, more than the cry of a prince among fools.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The words of wise men [are] heard in quiet, more then the cry of him that ruleth among fooles.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The words of the wise are heard in quiet more than the cry of them that rule in folly.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The words 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
of wise 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
[men are] heard 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
in quiet 5183
{5183} Prime
From H5182; a descent, that is, imposition, unfavorable (punishment) or favorable (food); also (intransitively; perhaps from H5117), restfulness.
more than the cry 2201
{2201} Prime
(Feminine): from H2199; a shriek or outcry.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
of him that ruleth 4910
{4910} Prime
A primitive root; to rule.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
among fools. 3684
{3684} Prime
From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 9:17

_ _ The words of wise, etc. — Though generally the poor wise man is not heard (Ecclesiastes 9:16), yet “the words of wise men, when heard in quiet (when calmly given heed to, as in Ecclesiastes 9:15), are more serviceable than,” etc.

_ _ ruleth — as the “great king” (Ecclesiastes 9:14). Solomon reverts to “the rulers to their own hurt” (Ecclesiastes 8:9).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:13-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 9:17

Of wise men — Though poor. In quiet — Uttered with a modest and low voice. The cry — The clamorous discourses of a rich and potent, but foolish man.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Genesis 41:33-40 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. ... Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
1 Samuel 7:3-6 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, [then] put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. ... And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured [it] out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
Proverbs 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
Isaiah 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isaiah 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. ... And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
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