Ecclesiastes 9:14
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New International Version
There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.

New Living Translation
There was a small town with only a few people, and a great king came with his army and besieged it.

English Standard Version
There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it.

International Standard Version
There was a little city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built massive siege ramps against it.

NET Bible
There was once a small city with a few men in it, and a mighty king attacked it, besieging it and building strong siege works against it.

New Heart English Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great siege works against it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a small town with a few soldiers in it, and a powerful king came to attack it. He surrounded it and blockaded it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
there was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it;

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There was a little city and few men within it; and a great king came against it and besieged it and built great bulwarks against it;

King James 2000 Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

American King James Version
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

American Standard Version
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A little city, and few men in it: there came against it a great king, and invested it, and built bulwarks round about it, and the siege was perfect.

Darby Bible Translation
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and encompassed it, and built great bulwarks against it:

English Revised Version
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Webster's Bible Translation
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

World English Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.

Young's Literal Translation
A little city, and few men in it, and a great king hath come unto it, and hath surrounded it, and hath built against it great bulwarks;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Wisdom Better than Strength
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. 15But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.…
Cross References
Luke 19:43
For the days will come upon you when your enemies will barricade you and surround you and hem you in on every side.

Deuteronomy 20:20
"Only the trees which you know are not fruit trees you shall destroy and cut down, that you may construct siegeworks against the city that is making war with you until it falls.

2 Samuel 20:16
Then a wise woman called from the city, "Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, 'Come here that I may speak with you.'"

Ecclesiastes 9:13
Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me.
Treasury of Scripture

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