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Proverbs 29:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— If a wise man hath a controversy with a foolish man, Whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rageth or laugheth, [there is] no rest.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— If a wise man contendeth with a fool, whether he rage or laugh, [he] hath no rest.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A wise man pleading with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no settlement.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A wise man is judged by the foolish man, And he hath been angry, And he hath laughed, and there is no rest.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If a wise man contend with a fool, whether he be angry, or laugh, he shall find no rest.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether hee rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A wise man shall judge nations: but a worthless man being angry laughs and fears not.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[If] a wise 2450
{2450} Prime
חָכָם
chakam
{khaw-kawm'}
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
contendeth 8199
{8199} Prime
שָׁפַט
shaphat
{shaw-fat'}
A primitive root; to judge, that is, pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication to vindicate or punish; by extension to govern; passively to litigate (literally or figuratively).
z8737
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
with x854
(0854) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Probably from H0579; properly nearness (used only as a preposition or adverb), near; hence generally with, by, at, among, etc.
a foolish 191
{0191} Prime
אֱוִיל
'eviyl
{ev-eel'}
From an unused root (meaning to be perverse); (figuratively) silly.
man, 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
whether he rage 7264
{7264} Prime
רָגַז
ragaz
{raw-gaz'}
A primitive root; to quiver (with any violent emotion, especially anger or fear).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
or laugh, 7832
{7832} Prime
שָׂחַק
sachaq
{saw-khak'}
A primitive root; to laugh (in pleasure or detraction); by implication to play.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[there is] no x369
(0369) Complement
אַיִן
'ayin
{ah'-yin}
As if from a primitive root meaning to be nothing or not exist; a non-entity; generally used as a negative particle.
rest. 5183
{5183} Prime
נָחַת
Nachath
{nakh'-ath}
From H5182; a descent, that is, imposition, unfavorable (punishment) or favorable (food); also (intransitively; perhaps from H5117), restfulness.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 29:9

_ _ contendeth — that is, in law.

_ _ whether ... laugh — The fool, whether angry or good-humored, is unsettled; or referring the words to the wise man, the sense is, that all his efforts, severe or gentle, are unavailing to pacify the fool.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 29:9

_ _ A wise man is here advised not to set his wit to a fool's, not to dispute with him, or by contending with him to think either of fastening reason upon him or gaining right from him: If a wise man contend with a wise man, he may hope to be understood, and, as far as he has reason and equity on his side, to carry his point, at least to bring the controversy to a head and make it issue amicably; but, if he contend with a foolish man, there is no rest; he will see no end of it, nor will he have any satisfaction in it, but must expect to be always uneasy. 1. Whether the foolish man he contends with rage or laugh, whether he take angrily or scornfully what is said to him, whether he rail at it or mock at it, one of the two he will do, and so there will be no rest. However it is given, it will be ill-taken, and the wisest man must expect to be either scolded or ridiculed if he contend with a fool. He that fights with a dunghill, whether he be conqueror or conquered, is sure to be defiled. 2. Whether the wise man himself rage or laugh, whether he take the serious or the jocular way of dealing with the fool, whether he be severe or pleasant with him, whether he come with a rod or with the spirit of meekness (1 Corinthians 4:21), it is all alike, no good is done. We have piped unto you, and you have not danced, mourned unto you, and you have not lamented.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 29:9

Whether — Whether he, the wise man, deal sharply with him, or mildly, there is no rest, no end or fruit of the debate.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 29:9

[If] a wise man contendeth with (c) a foolish man, whether he rageth or laugheth, [there is] no rest.

(c) He can hear no admonition no matter how it is spoken.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 11:17-19 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. ... The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
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