Ecclesiastes 7:11
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New International Version
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.

New Living Translation
Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life.

English Standard Version
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.

New American Standard Bible
Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun.

King James Bible
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance and an advantage to those who see the sun,

International Standard Version
Wise use of possessions is good; it brings benefit to the living.

NET Bible
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing; it benefits those who see the light of day.

New Heart English Bible
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. Yes, it is more excellent for those who see the sun.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. It is an advantage to everyone who sees the sun.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, Yea, a profit to them that see the sun.

New American Standard 1977
Wisdom along with an inheritance is good
            And an advantage to those who see the sun.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Knowledge is good with an inheritance and is the excellency of those that see the sun.

King James 2000 Bible
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

American King James Version
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance; yea, more excellent is it for them that see the sun.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wisdom with riches is more profitable, and bringeth more advantage to them that see the sun.

Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and profitable to them that see the sun.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance: yea, more excellent is it for them that see the sun.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

World English Bible
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. Yes, it is more excellent for those who see the sun.

Young's Literal Translation
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And an advantage it is to those beholding the sun.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
10Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. 11Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun. 12For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:10
"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

Proverbs 8:11
"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

Ecclesiastes 2:13
And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.

Ecclesiastes 7:10
Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.

Ecclesiastes 11:7
The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.
Treasury of Scripture

Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

good with an inheritance

Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered …

1 Kings 3:6-9 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father …

Luke 16:8,9 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely…

1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

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Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes …

(11) With.--This is the ordinary meaning of the word, and accordingly is the rendering of the older translators, but the marginal "as good as," or "equally with," agrees so much better with the context, that the only question is whether the word will bear that meaning. And though in some places where it is translated "like," the rendering "with" may be substituted, yet the passages in Ecclesiastes 2:16, "no resemblance to the wise equally with the foolish," Job 9:26, "my days have passed like the swift ships," seem to be decisive that it will.

Profit.--In defence of the marginal "yea, better," may be pleaded that the word is translated as an adverb (Esther 6:6; and in this book (Ecclesiastes 2:16; Ecclesiastes 6:8; Ecclesiastes 6:11; Ecclesiastes 7:16; Ecclesiastes 12:9; Ecclesiastes 12:12).

Verse 11. - Such hasty judgment is incompatible with true wisdom and sagacity. Wisdom is good with an inheritance; Septuagint, Ἀγαθὴ σοφία μετὰ κληρονομίας. Vulgate, Utilior eat sapientia cam divitiis. The sentence thus rendered seems to mean that wealth lends a prestige to wisdom, that the man is happy who possesses both. The inheritance spoken of is an hereditary one; the man who is "rich with ancestral wealth" is enabled to employ his wisdom to good purpose, his position adding weight to his words and actions, and relieving him from the low pursuit of money-making. To this effect Wright quotes Menander -

Μακάριος ὅστις οὐσίαν καὶ νοῦν ἕχει
Ξρῆται γὰρ οῦτος εἰς α} δεῖ ταύτῃ καλῶς.

"Blest is the man who wealth and wisdom hath,
For he can use his riches as he ought."
(Comp. Proverbs 14:24.) Many commentators, thinking such a sentiment alien front the context, render the particle עִם not "with," but "as" Wisdom is [as] good as an inheritance" (see on Ecclesiastes 2:16). This is putting wisdom on rather a low platform, and one would have expected to read some such aphorism as "Wisdom is better than rubies" (Proverbs 8:11), if Koheleth had intended to make any such comparison. It appears then most expedient to take im in the sense of "moreover," "as well as," "and" (camp. 1 Samuel 17:42, "ruddy, and (ira) of a fair countenance"). "Wisdom is good, and an inheritance is good; 'both are good, but the advantages of the former, as ver. 12 intimates, far outweigh those of the latter. And by it there is profit to them that see the sun; rather, and an advantage for those that see the, sun. However useful wealth may be, wisdom is that which is really beneficial to all who live and rejoice in the light of day. In Homer the phrase, ὁρᾶν φάος ἠελίοιο, "to see the light of the sun" ('Iliad,' 18:61), signifies merely "to live;" Plumptre considers it to be used here and in Ecclesiastes 19:7 in order to convey the thought that, after all, life has its bright side. Cox would take it to mean to live much in the sun, i.e. to lead an active life - which is an imported modern notion. Wisdom is good with an inheritance,.... It is good of itself. Or, "is as good as an inheritance" (n), as it may be rendered; it is a portion of itself, especially spiritual and divine wisdom. The Targum interprets it, the wisdom of the law, or the knowledge of that; but much more excellent is the wisdom of the Gospel, the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom; the knowledge of which, in an experimental way, is preferable to all earthly inheritances: but this with an inheritance is good, yea, better than without one; for wisdom, without riches, is generally overlooked and despised in men; see Ecclesiastes 9:16; when wealth, with wisdom, makes a man regarded; this commands respect and attention; as well as he is in a better condition to do good, if willing to share, and ready to distribute;

and by it there is profit to them that see the sun; mortals in this present state, who are described as such that see the sun rise and set, and enjoy the heat and light of it, receive much advantage from men who are both wise and rich: or, "and it is an excellency to them that see the sun"; it is an excellency to mortals and what gives them superiority to others, that they have both wisdom and riches.

(n) "aeque ac haereditas", Gejerus, Schmidt. 11. Rather, "Wisdom, as compared with an inheritance, is good," that is, is as good as an inheritance; "yea, better (literally, and a profit) to them that see the sun" (that is, the living, Ec 11:7; Job 3:16; Ps 49:19).7:11-22 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea better. It shelters from the storms and scorching heat of trouble. Wealth will not lengthen out the natural life; but true wisdom will give spiritual life, and strengthen men for services under their sufferings. Let us look upon the disposal of our condition as the work of God, and at last all will appear to have been for the best. In acts of righteousness, be not carried into heats or passions, no, not by a zeal for God. Be not conceited of thine own abilities; nor find fault with every thing, nor busy thyself in other men's matters. Many who will not be wrought upon by the fear of God, and the dread of hell, will avoid sins which ruin their health and estate, and expose to public justice. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves. Every true believer is ready to say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Forget not at the same time, that personal righteousness, walking in newness of life, is the only real evidence of an interest by faith in the righteousness of the Redeemer. Wisdom teaches us not to be quick in resenting affronts. Be not desirous to know what people say; if they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir up thy passion. See that thou approve thyself to God and thine own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee; it is easier to pass by twenty affronts than to avenge one. When any harm is done to us, examine whether we have not done as bad to others.
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