16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?

Other Translations of Proverbs 17:16

King James Version

16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

English Standard Version

16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?

The Message

16 What's this? Fools out shopping for wisdom! They wouldn't recognize it if they saw it! One Who Knows Much Says Little

New King James Version

16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?

New Living Translation

16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 17:16

Commentary on Proverbs 17:16

(Read Proverbs 17:16)

Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd.