9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Other Translations of Proverbs 29:9

New International Version

9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

English Standard Version

9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

The Message

9 A sage trying to work things out with a fool gets only scorn and sarcasm for his trouble.

New King James Version

9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

New Living Translation

9 If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 29:9

Commentary on Proverbs 29:9

(Read Proverbs 29:9)

If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done.