Ecclesiastes 9:14
Good News Translation
There was a little town without many people in it. A powerful king attacked it. He surrounded it and prepared to break through the walls.

Contemporary English Version
It happened when a powerful ruler surrounded and attacked a small city where only a few people lived. The enemy army was getting ready to break through the city walls.

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.

New American Bible
Against a small city with few inhabitants advanced a mighty king, who surrounded it and threw up great siegeworks about it.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

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2 Samuel 20:15-22 And they came, and besieged him in Abela, and in Bethmaacha, and they cast up works round the city, and the city was besieged: and all the people that were with Joab, laboured to throw down the walls. . . .

2 Kings 6:24-33 And it came to pass, after these things, that Benadad, king of Syria, gathered together all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria. . . .

2 Kings 7:1 And Eliseus said: Hear ye the word of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord: Tomorrow, about this time, a bushel of fine flour shall be sold for a stater, and two bushels of barley for a stater, in the gate of Samaria.

Context
Wisdom is Better than Strength
13This wisdom also I have seen under the sun, and it seemed to me to be very great: 14A 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.15Now there was found in it a man poor and wise, and he delivered the city by his wisdom, and no man afterward remembered that poor man.…
Cross References
Luke 19:43
For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side,

Deuteronomy 20:20
But if there be any trees that are not fruitful, but wild, and fit for other uses, cut them down, and make engines, until thou take the city, which fighteth against thee.

2 Samuel 20:16
And a wise woman cried out from the city: Hear, hear, and say to Joab: Come near hither, and I will speak with thee.

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

Additional Translations
There was a small city with few men. A mighty king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege ramps against it.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:

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.

suppose there were a little city, and few men in it; and there should come against it a great king, and surround it, and build great mounds against it;

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:

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:

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:

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.

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;
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