Ecclesiastes 9:11-18 NIV

11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong,1 nor does food come to the wise2 or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance3 happen to them all.4

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12 Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times5 that fall unexpectedly upon them.6

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Wisdom Better Than Folly

13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom7 that greatly impressed me:

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14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it.
15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.8

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16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.9

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17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom10 is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

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