16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

Read Ecclesiastes 9:16 Using Other Translations

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.
So even 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.