Proverbs 17:16

16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?[a]

Proverbs 17:16 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 17:16

Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get
Natural wisdom and knowledge. By this "price" may be meant money, riches, worldly substance, of which a foolish man is possessed; by means of which he might purchase useful books for the improvement of his mind, and procure himself instructors that might be very useful to him; but instead of seeking after that which he most wants, and making use of his substance to furnish him with it, he spends it on his back and belly, in fine clothes and luxurious living; in rioting and drunkenness, in chambering and wantonness, at balls and plays, in taverns and brothel houses: or spiritual wisdom and knowledge; the means of which are reading the word, hearing the Gospel, frequent opportunities of attendance on a Gospel ministry, in season and out of season, and conversation with Gospel ministers and other Christians; but, instead of making use of these, he neglects, slights, and despises them. And it is asked, with some degree of indignation and admiration, why or to what purpose a fool is favoured with such means; seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?
to wisdom; he does not desire it, nor to make use of the price or means, in order to obtain it; all is lost upon him; and it is hard to account for it why he should have this price, when he makes such an ill use of it.

Proverbs 17:16 In-Context

14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just- both are detestable to the Lord.
16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.
18 One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend.

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