It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools
The quote above is from The Revised Standard Version, printed by Oxford University Press, copyright 1971. My copy has no print year (!) but it is about twenty-five years old. There are different translations online, so there are probably different English version of this. The Swedish official version (2000) is slightly different, “wise” and “fools” are in singular, and “song” is replaced by “praise”. As Biblical Hebrew makes distinction between singular and plural, it does seem a bit odd there is a difference. I assume the translations are not from Old Greek or Latin. It gives a distinct difference; the Swedish is less poetic and with a tinge of humor, even sarcasm, in it. Maybe I am overlooking eventual humor in the English above, after all I am not a native speaker.
The more odd difference is that the above verse is 7:6 in the Swedish one, because the 7:1 in the Swedish is 6:12 in the Oxford one. There is no 6:12 in the Swedish one. The text is the same, grouping is different. I have no idea about why it would be so. I do not have a clue about history of Bible translations. Maybe Anglicans and Lutherans count in different ways? :-p The Hebrew originals are divided up differently. It must be a fascinating, but very hard, job to translate and interpret ancient texts. Latin is still used, but it is not a native language to anyone.
I started off with a digression or two, and that is just because the things I noted when looking what the English version might be. The irony of the verse is that if one agrees to it, it makes one feel smart, and maybe praise it (e.g. putting it up on a blog). But my praise (I like that verse!) does not confirm anything. It might be an indication of that I am a fool. Anyone can praise. And how do I know if anyone is wise?
Another conclusion from the verse is that both wise and fools can read any text and react to it. Texts have effects.
If you read this far you are persistent! Though perhaps none the wiser.