Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 9:13-16

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Ecclesiastes 9:13-16

CEBA 13 I also observed the following example of wisdom under the sun—it impressed me greatly: NIV 13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: CEBA 14 There was a small town with only a few residents. A mighty king came against it, surrounded it, and waged a terrible war against 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. CEBA 15 Now there lived in that town a poor but wise man who saved everyone by his wisdom. But no one remembered that poor man. 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. CEBA 16 So I thought, Wisdom is better than might, but the wisdom of commoners is despised and their words aren't heeded. 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.