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

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When a wise person has a controversy with a foolish person,
[a]The foolish person either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 29:9 Lit He


If a wise man has a controversy with a foolish and arrogant man,
The foolish man [ignores logic and fairness and] only rages or laughs, and there is no peace (rest, agreement).

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

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

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