Ecclesiastes 9:16
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New International Version
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.

New American Standard Bible
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.

King James Bible
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I said, "Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded."

International Standard Version
So I concluded, "Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless, the wisdom of the poor is rejected—his words are never heard."

NET Bible
So I concluded that wisdom is better than might, but a poor man's wisdom is despised; no one ever listens to his advice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength," even though that poor person's wisdom was despised, and no one listened to what he said.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said I: 'Wisdom is better than strength; nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.'

New American Standard 1977
So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I said, Wisdom is better than strength: even though the poor man's knowledge is despised, and his words are not heard.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

American King James Version
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

American Standard Version
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said that wisdom is better than strength: how then is the wisdom of the poor man slighted, and his words not heard?

Darby Bible Translation
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength; but the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

English Revised Version
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said I, wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

World English Bible
Then I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Young's Literal Translation
And I said, 'Better is wisdom than might, and the wisdom of the poor is despised, and his words are not heard.' --
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
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. 16So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded. 17The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:14
"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.

Proverbs 21:22
A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

Ecclesiastes 7:12
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

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

Ecclesiastes 9:18
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
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Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

wisdom

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

Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength …

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.

the poor

Proverbs 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the …

Mark 6:2,3 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: …

John 7:47-49 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are you also deceived…

John 9:24-34 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said to him, Give …

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after …

James 2:2-6 For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly …

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