Ecclesiastes 9:13-16 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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13 I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. 13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:
14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. 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 But there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. 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.
16 But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded. 16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.