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Ecclesiastes 7:5

Context
NETBible

It is better for a person to receive 1  a rebuke from those who are wise 2  than to listen to the song 3  of fools.

XREF

Ps 69:12; Ps 141:5; Pr 9:8; Pr 13:13; Pr 15:31,32; Pr 17:10; Pr 27:6; Re 3:19

NET © Notes

tn Heb “hear.”

tn Heb “rebuke of the wise,” a subjective genitive (“the wise” administer the rebuke).

tn Or “praise.” The antithetical parallelism between “rebuke” (גַּעֲרַת, gaarat) and “song” (שִׁיר, shir) suggests that the latter is figurative (metonymy of association) for praise/flattery which is “music” to the ears: “praise of fools” (NEB, NJPS) and “flattery of fools” (Douay). However, the collocation of “song” (שִׁיר) in 7:5 with “laughter” (שְׂחֹק, sÿkhoq) in 7:6 suggests simply frivolous merrymaking: “song of fools” (KJV, NASB, NIV, ASV, RSV, NRSV).



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