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

New Living Translation
Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.

English Standard Version
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

Berean Study Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

New American Standard Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

King James Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good.

Contemporary English Version
Wisdom is more powerful than weapons, yet one mistake can destroy all the good you have done.

Good News Translation
Wisdom does more good than weapons, but one sinner can undo a lot of good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good.

International Standard Version
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, and a single sinner can destroy a lot of good.

NET Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.

New Heart English Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; But one sinner destroyeth much good.

New American Standard 1977
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

King James 2000 Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

American King James Version
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: and one sinner will destroy much good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is wisdom, than weapons of war: and he that shall offend in one, shall lose many good things.

Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

World English Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is wisdom than weapons of conflict, And one sinner destroyeth much good!
Study Bible
Wisdom is Better than Strength
17The calm words of the wise are heeded over the shouts of a ruler among fools. 18Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Cross References
Joshua 7:1
The Israelites, however, acted unfaithfully regarding the devoted things. Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of what was set apart. So the LORD's anger burned against the Israelites.

2 Kings 21:2
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD by following the abominations of the nations that the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

Ecclesiastes 2:13
And I saw that wisdom exceeds folly, just as light exceeds darkness:

Ecclesiastes 7:12
For wisdom, like money, is a shelter, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.

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

Treasury of Scripture

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

better

Ecclesiastes 9:16
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

sinner

Joshua 7:1,5,11,12
But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel…

Joshua 22:20
Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.

1 Samuel 14:28,29,36-46
Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint…







Lexicon
Wisdom
חָכְמָ֖ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

is better
טוֹבָ֥ה (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

than weapons
מִכְּלֵ֣י (mik·kə·lê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3627: Something prepared, any apparatus

of war,
קְרָ֑ב (qə·rāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7128: Hostile encounter

but one
אֶחָ֔ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

sinner
וְחוֹטֶ֣א (wə·ḥō·w·ṭe)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

destroys
יְאַבֵּ֥ד (yə·’ab·bêḏ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

much
הַרְבֵּֽה׃ (har·bêh)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

good.
טוֹבָ֥ה (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good
Verse 18. - Wisdom is better than weapons of war. Such is the moral which Koheleth desires to draw from the little narrative given above (see vers. 14-16; and Ecclesiastes 7:19). Wisdom can do what no material force can effect, and often produces results which all the implements of war could not command. But one sinner destroyeth much good. The happy consequences which the wise man's counsel might accomplish, or has already accomplished, may be overthrown or rendered useless by the villany or perversity of a bad man. The Vulgate, reading differently, has, Qui in uno peccaverit, multa bona perdet. But this seems to be out of keeping with the context. Adam's sin infected the whole race of man; Achau's transgression caused Israel's defeat (Joshua 7:11, 12); Rehoboam's folly occasioned the great schism (1 Kings 12:16). The wide° reaching effects of one little error are illustrated by the proverbial saying which every one knows, and which runs in Latin thus: "Clavus unus perdit equi soleam, soles equum, equus equitem, eques castra, castro rempublicam."



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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