Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 NIV

Wisdom Better Than Folly

13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom1 that greatly impressed me:

References for Ecclesiastes 9:13

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.2

References for Ecclesiastes 9:15

16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.3

References for Ecclesiastes 9:16

17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom4 is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

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