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Ecclesiastes 9:13

Wisdom Better Than Folly

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

Read Ecclesiastes 9:13 Using Other Translations

This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me.
Here is another bit of wisdom that has impressed me as I have watched the way our world works.

What does Ecclesiastes 9:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 9:13

This wisdom have I seen also under the sun
Or, "this also I have seen under the sun, even wisdom" F8: besides those things he had, just now observed, he took notice that there was such a thing as wisdom among men; though success did not always attend the wise, the understanding, and skilful; and though there was so much ignorance in men, of their own time, and were so easily and suddenly ensnared in an evil time; and it [seemed] great unto me;
Solomon had a high value for wisdom, and he still retained the same sentiments of it he had before, in ( Ecclesiastes 2:13 ) ( Ecclesiastes 7:11 Ecclesiastes 7:12 Ecclesiastes 7:19 ) , of which he gives the following instance.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 (vmvh txt hmkx ytyar hz Mg) "Hoc etiam vidi sub sole, nempe sapientiam", Tigurine version; "etiam hoc vidi, sapientiam sub sole", Cocceius; "etiam hoc vidi, videlicet, sapientiam sub sole", Gejerus.
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