Ecclesiastes 7:12
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New International Version
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.

New Living Translation
Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.

English Standard Version
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

New American Standard Bible
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

King James Bible
For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because wisdom is protection as money is protection, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.

International Standard Version
Indeed, wisdom gives protection, just like money does, but it's better to know that wisdom gives life, to those who have mastered it.

NET Bible
For wisdom provides protection, just as money provides protection. But the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wisdom protects us just as money protects us, but the advantage of wisdom is that it gives life to those who have it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it.

New American Standard 1977
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection.
            But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For knowledge is a defence, and money is a defence; but wisdom excels in that it gives life to those that have it.

King James 2000 Bible
For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellence of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.

American King James Version
For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.

American Standard Version
For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence : but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them.

Darby Bible Translation
For wisdom is a defence [as] money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, [that] wisdom maketh them that possess it to live.

English Revised Version
For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it.

Webster's Bible Translation
For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellence of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

World English Bible
For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

Young's Literal Translation
For wisdom is a defense, money is a defence, And the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom is, She reviveth her possessors.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
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. 13Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

Proverbs 8:35
"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:19
Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.

Ecclesiastes 9:16
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.

Ecclesiastes 9:18
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

Ecclesiastes 10:19
Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
Treasury of Scripture

For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.

wisdom

Job 1:10 Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about …

Job 22:21-15 Acquaint now yourself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall …

Proverbs 2:7,11 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them …

Proverbs 14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich has many friends.

Proverbs 18:10,11 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, …

Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, and …

a defence

Judges 9:15 And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king …

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Isaiah 30:2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; …

Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert …

the excellency

Deuteronomy 30:19,20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have …

Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and …

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is …

Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

Proverbs 9:11 For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life …

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death.

John 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

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