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Ecclesiastes 6:8

Context
NET ©

So what advantage does a wise man have over a fool? 1  And what advantage 2  does a pauper gain by knowing how to survive? 3 

NIV ©

What advantage has a wise man over a fool? What does a poor man gain by knowing how to conduct himself before others?

NASB ©

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?

NLT ©

Considering this, do wise people really have any advantage over fools? Do poor people gain anything by being wise and knowing how to act in front of others?

MSG ©

So what advantage has a sage over a fool, or over some poor wretch who barely gets by?

BBE ©

What have the wise more than the foolish? and what has the poor man by walking wisely before the living?

NRSV ©

For what advantage have the wise over fools? And what do the poor have who know how to conduct themselves before the living?

NKJV ©

For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, Who knows how to walk before the living?


KJV
For what hath the wise
<02450>
more
<03148>
than the fool
<03684>_?
what hath the poor
<06041>_,
that knoweth
<03045> (8802)
to walk
<01980> (8800)
before the living
<02416>_?
NASB ©
For what
<04100>
advantage
<03148>
does the wise
<02450>
man
<02450>
have over
<04480>
the fool
<03684>
? What
<04100>
advantage does the poor
<06041>
man
<06041>
have, knowing
<03045>
how to walk
<01980>
before
<05048>
the living
<02416>
?
HEBREW
Myyxh
<02416>
dgn
<05048>
Klhl
<01980>
edwy
<03045>
ynel
<06041>
hm
<04100>
lyokh
<03684>
Nm
<04480>
Mkxl
<02450>
rtwy
<03148>
hm
<04100>
yk (6:8)
<03588>
LXXM
oti
<3754
CONJ
tiv
<5100
I-NSF
perisseia
<4050
N-NSF
tw
<3588
T-DSM
sofw
<4680
A-DSM
uper
<5228
PREP
ton
<3588
T-ASM
afrona
<878
A-ASM
dioti
<1360
CONJ
o
<3588
T-NSM
penhv
<3993
N-NSM
oiden {V-RAI-3S} poreuyhnai
<4198
V-APN
katenanti {ADV} thv
<3588
T-GSF
zwhv
<2222
N-GSF
NET © [draft] ITL
So what
<04100>
advantage
<03148>
does a wise
<02450>
man have over a fool
<03684>
? And what
<04100>
advantage does a pauper
<05048>
gain by knowing how
<03045>
to survive
<05048>
?
NET ©

So what advantage does a wise man have over a fool? 1  And what advantage 2  does a pauper gain by knowing how to survive? 3 

NET © Notes

sn So what advantage does the wise man have over a fool? The rhetorical question in Hebrew implies a negative answer: the wise man has no absolute advantage over a fool in the sense that both will share the same fate: death. Qoheleth should not be misunderstood here as denying that wisdom has no relative advantage over folly; elsewhere he affirms that wisdom does yield some relative benefits in life (7:1-22). However, wisdom cannot deliver one from death.

sn As in the preceding parallel line, this rhetorical question implies a negative answer (see the note after the word “fool” in the preceding line).

tn Heb “ What to the pauper who knows to walk before the living”; or “how to get along in life.”



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