Ecclesiastes 2:13

13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.

Read Ecclesiastes 2:13 Using Other Translations

Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.
I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness.

What does Ecclesiastes 2:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:13

Then I sat that wisdom excelleth folly
However, this upon a review of things he could not but own, that natural wisdom and knowledge, though there was no true happiness and satisfaction in them, yet they greatly exceeded folly and madness; as far as light excelleth darkness;
as the light of the day the darkness of the night; the one is pleasant and delightful, the other very uncomfortable; the one useful to direct in walking, the other very unsafe to walk in: light sometimes signifies joy and prosperity, and darkness adversity; the one is used to express the light of grace, and the other the darkness of sin and ignorance; now as the natural light exceeds darkness, and prosperity exceeds adversity and calamities, and a state of grace exceeds a state of sin and wickedness, so wisdom exceeds folly.

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