Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 9:11-18

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-18

NLT 11 I have observed something else in this world of ours. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise are often poor, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being at the right place at the right time. NIV 11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. NLT 12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a snare, people are often caught by sudden tragedy. NIV 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 times that fall unexpectedly upon them. NLT 13 Here is another bit of wisdom that has impressed me as I have watched the way our world works. NIV 13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: NLT 14 There was a small town with only a few people living in it, and a great king came with his army and besieged it. NIV 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. NLT 15 There was a poor, wise man living there who knew how to save the town, and so it was rescued. But afterward no one thought any more about him. NIV 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. NLT 16 Then I realized that though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long. NIV 16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. NLT 17 But even so, the quiet words of a wise person are better than the shouts of a foolish king. NIV 17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. NLT 18 A wise person can overcome weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good. NIV 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.