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Proverbs 24:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Wisdom is too high for a fool: He openeth not his mouth in the gate.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Wisdom is [too] exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Wisdom is too high for a fool: he will not open his mouth in the gate.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Unattainable to a foolish man, are the dictates of wisdom, in the gate, he openeth not his mouth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Wisdom [is] high for a fool, In the gate he openeth not his mouth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he shall not open his mouth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Wisedome [is] too high for a foole: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Wisdom and good understanding are in the gates of the wise: the wise turn not aside from the mouth of the Lord,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Wisdom 2454
{2454} Prime
Collateral forms of H2451; wisdom.
[is] too high 7311
{7311} Prime
A primitive root; to be high actively to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
for a fool: 191
{0191} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be perverse); (figuratively) silly.
he openeth 6605
{6605} Prime
A primitive root; to open wide (literally or figuratively); specifically to loosen, begin, plough, carve.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
his mouth 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
in the gate. 8179
{8179} Prime
From H8176 in its original sense; an opening, that is, door or gate.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 24:7

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 14:16).

_ _ in the gate — (Compare Proverbs 22:22).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 24:7-9

_ _ Here is the description, 1. Of a weak man: Wisdom is too high for him; he thinks it so, and therefore, despairing to attain it, he will take no pains in the pursuit of it, but sit down content without it. And really it is so; he has not capacity for it, and therefore the advantages he has for getting it are all in vain to him. It is no easy thing to get wisdom; those that have natural parts good enough, yet if they be foolish, that is, if they be slothful and will not take pains, if they be playful and trifling, and given to their pleasures, if they be viciously inclined and keep bad company, it is too high for them; they are not likely to reach it. And, for want of it, they are unfit for the service of their country: They open not their mouth in the gate; they are not admitted into the council or magistracy, or, if they are, they are dumb statues, and stand for cyphers; they say nothing, because they have nothing to say, and they know that if they should offer any thing it would not be heeded, nay, it would be hissed at. Let young men take pains to get wisdom, that they may be qualified for public business, and do it with reputation. 2. Of a wicked man, who is not only despised as a fool is, but detested. Two sorts of wicked men are so: — (1.) Such as are secretly malicious. Though they speak courteously and conduct themselves plausibly, they devise to do evil, are contriving to do an ill turn to those they bear a grudge to, or have an envious eye at. He that does so shall be called a mischievous person, or a master of mischief, which perhaps was then a common name of reproach; he shall be branded as an inventor of evil things (Romans 1:30), or if any mischief be done, he shall be suspected as the author of it, or at least accessory to it. This devising evil is the thought of foolishness, Proverbs 24:9. It is made light of, and turned off with a jest, as only a foolish thing, but really it is sin, it is exceedingly sinful; you cannot call it by a worse name than to call it sin. It is bad to do evil, but it is worse to devise it; for that has in it the subtlety and poison of the old serpent. But it may be taken more generally. We contract guilt, not only by the act of foolishness, but by the thought of it, though it go no further; the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, offensive to God, and must be repented of or we are undone. Not only malicious, unclean, proud thoughts, but even foolish thoughts, are sinful thoughts. If vain thoughts lodge in the heart, they defile it (Jeremiah 4:14), which is a reason why we should keep our hearts with all diligence, and harbour no thoughts there which cannot give a good account of themselves, Genesis 6:5. (2.) Such as are openly abusive: The scorner, who gives ill-language to every body, takes a pleasure in affronting people and reflecting upon them, is an abomination to men; none that have any sense of honour and virtue will care to keep company with him. The seat of the scornful is the pestilential chair (as the Septuagint calls it, Psalms 1:1), which no wise man will come near, for fear of taking the infection. Those that strive to make others odious do but make themselves so.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 24:7

A fool — For a wicked man, whose sins enfeeble his mind, and make it incapable of wisdom. Openeth not — He knows not how to speak acceptably, and profitably in the publick assembly.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 24:7

Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the (a) gate.

(a) In the place where wisdom should be shown.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.
Proverbs 15:24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.
Psalms 10:5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments [are] far above out of his sight: [as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
Psalms 92:5-6 O LORD, how great are thy works! [and] thy thoughts are very deep. ... A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.


Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
Proverbs 31:8-9 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. ... Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Job 29:7-25 When I went out to the gate through the city, [when] I prepared my seat in the street! ... I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [that] comforteth the mourners.
Job 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
Amos 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
Amos 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].
Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
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Jb 29:7; 31:21. Ps 10:5; 92:5. Pv 14:6; 15:24; 17:24; 22:22; 31:8. Is 29:21. Am 5:10, 12, 15. 1Co 2:14.

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Lady Sopha (wisdom) is the best, you understand.
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