Ecclesiastes 9:13
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New International Version
I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:

New Living Translation
Here is another bit of wisdom that has impressed me as I have watched the way our world works.

English Standard Version
I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me.

New American Standard Bible
Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me.

King James Bible
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have observed that this also is wisdom under the sun, and it is significant to me:

International Standard Version
I also observed this example of wisdom on earth, and it seemed important to me:

NET Bible
This is what I also observed about wisdom on earth, and it is a great burden to me:

New Heart English Bible
I have also seen wisdom under the sun in this way, and it seemed great to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I also have seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it made a deep impression on me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
This also have I seen as wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

New American Standard 1977
Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have also seen this wisdom under the sun, which is important unto me:

King James 2000 Bible
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

American King James Version
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great to me:

American Standard Version
I have also seen wisdom under the sun on this wise, and it seemed great unto me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
This wisdom also I have seen under the sun, and it seemed to me to be very great:

Darby Bible Translation
This also have I seen as wisdom under the sun, and it was great unto me.

English Revised Version
I have also seen wisdom under the sun on this wise, and it seemed great unto me:

Webster's Bible Translation
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed to me great:

World English Bible
I have also seen wisdom under the sun in this way, and it seemed great to me.

Young's Literal Translation
This also I have seen: wisdom under the sun, and it is great to me.
Study Bible
Wisdom Better than Strength
12Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them. 13Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me. 14There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 20:22
Then the woman wisely came to all the people. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, each to his tent. Joab also returned to the king at Jerusalem.

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

Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.

Ecclesiastes 9:14
There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.
Treasury of Scripture

This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great to me:

Ecclesiastes 9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great to me:

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

Ecclesiastes 7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just …

Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that …

Verses 13-16. - Section 9. That wisdom, even when it does good service, is not always rewarded, is shown by an example. Verse 13. - This wisdom have I seen also under the sun; better, as the Septuagint, This also I saw to be wisdom under the sun. The experience which follows he recognized as an instance of worldly wisdom. To what special event he alludes is quite unknown. Probably the circumstance was familiar to his contemporaries. It is not to be considered as an allegory, though of course it is capable of spiritual application. The event in Bible history most like it is the preservation of Abel-Beth-maachah by the counsel of the wise woman (whose name is forgotten) narrated in 2 Samuel 20:15-22. And it seemed great unto me; Septuagint, Καὶ μεγάλη ἐστι πρὸς μέ, "And it is great before me." To my mind it appeared an important example (comp. Esther 10:3). Some critics who contend for the Solomonic authorship of our book, see here an allegorical reference to the foreseen revolt of Jeroboam, whose insurrection had been opposed by certain wise statesmen, but had been carried out in opposition to their counsel. Wordsworth considers that the apologue may be illustrated by the history of Jerusalem, when great powers were arrayed against it in the time of Isaiah, and the prophet by his prayers and exhortations delivered it (2 Kings 19:2, 6, 20), but was wholly disregarded afterwards, nay, was put to death by the son of the king whom he saved. But all this is nihil ad rem. As Plautus says, "Haec quidem deliramenta loquitur." This wisdom have I seen also under the sun,.... Or, "this also I have seen under the sun, even wisdom" (h): 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, of which he gives the following instance.

(h) "Hoc etiam vidi sub sole, nempe sapientiam", Tigurine version; "etiam hoc vidi, sapientiam sub sole", Cocceius; "etiam hoc vidi, videlicet, sapientiam sub sole", Gejerus. 13. Rather, "I have seen wisdom of this kind also," that is, exhibited in the way which is described in what follows [Maurer].9:13-18 A man may, by his wisdom, bring to pass that which he could never do by his strength. If God be for us, who can be against us, or stand before us? Solomon observes the power of wisdom, though it may labour under outward disadvantages. How forcible are right words! But wise and good men must often content themselves with the satisfaction of having done good, or, at least, endeavoured to do it, when they cannot do the good they would, nor have the praise they should. How many of the good gifts, both of nature and Providence, does one sinner destroy and make waste! He who destroys his own soul destroys much good. One sinner may draw many into his destroying ways. See who are the friends and enemies of a kingdom or a family, if one saint does much good, and one sinner destroys much good.
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