One day as I was observing how wisdom fares on this earth, I saw something that made me sit up and take notice.
There was a small town with only a few people in it. A strong king came and mounted an attack, building trenches and attack posts around it.
There was a poor but wise man in that town whose wisdom saved the town, but he was promptly forgotten. (He was only a poor man, after all.)
All the same, I still say that wisdom is better than muscle, even though the wise poor man was treated with contempt and soon forgotten.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)