Ecclesiastes 2:13
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English Standard Version
Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.

King James Bible
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

American Standard Version
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I saw that wisdom excelled folly, as much as light differeth from darkness.

English Revised Version
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"I procured servants and maidens, and also I obtained servants born in the house; also the possession of flocks; I obtained many horned and small cattle before all who were in Jerusalem before me." The obtaining of these possessions is, according to Genesis 17:12., to be understood of purchase. There is a distinction between the slaves, male and female (mancipia), obtained by purchase, and those who were home-born (vernae), the בּית (ילידי) בּני, who were regarded as the chief support of the house (Genesis 14:14), on account of their attachment to it, and to this day are called (Arab.) fada wayyt, as those who offer themselves a sacrifice for it, if need be. Regarding לי היה, in the sense of increasing possession; and regarding היה for היוּ, vid., at Ecclesiastes 1:10, Ecclesiastes 1:16; at all events, the sing. of the pred. may be explained from this, that the persons and things named are thought of in the mass, as at Zechariah 11:5; Joel 1:20 (although the idea there may be also individualizing); but in the use of the pass., as at Genesis 35:26; Daniel 9:24, the Semite custom is different, inasmuch as for it the passive has the force of an active without a definite subject, and thus with the most general subject; and as to the case lying before us in Ecclesiastes 2:7, we see from Exodus 12:49, cf. Genesis 15:17, that היה (יהיה) in such instances is thought of as neut. According to Genesis 26:14 and the passage before us, מקנה lay nearer than מקנה, but the primary form instead of the connecting form is here the traditional reading; we have thus apposition (Nebenordnung) instead of subordination (Annexion), as in zevahim shelamim, Exodus 24:5, and in habbaqar hannehhosheth, 2 Kings 16:17, although vaqar vatson may also be interpreted as the accus. of the more accurate definition: the possession of flocks consisting in cattle and sheep. But this manner of construction is, for a book of so late an origin, too artificial. What it represents Solomon as saying is consistent with historical fact; at the consecration of the temple he sacrificed hecatombs, 1 Kings 8:63; and the daily supply for the royal kitchen, which will at the same time serve to show the extent of the royal household, was, according to 1 Kings 5:2., enormous.

There now follows the enumeration of riches and jewels which were a delight to the eye; and finally, the large provision made for revelling in the pleasures of music and of sensual love.

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Ecclesiastes 7:11,12 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun...

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.

Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth...

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Malachi 3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves him not.

Malachi 4:1,2 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly...

that wisdom excelleth folly or that there is an excellency in wisdom more than in folly


Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

Psalm 119:105,130 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path...

Proverbs 4:18,19 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day...

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness...

Luke 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed...

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 7:12
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

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

Ecclesiastes 10:10
If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.

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