Ecclesiastes 9:15
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English Standard Version
But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man.

King James Bible
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

American Standard Version
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now 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.

English Revised Version
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Ecclesiastes 9:9 most translators render: Enjoy life with the wife whom thou lovest; but the author purposely does not use the word האשּׁה, but אשּׁה; and also that he uses חיּים, and not החיּים, is not without significance. He means: Bring into experience what life, what happiness, is (cf. the indetermin. ideas, Psalm 34:13) with a wife whom thou hast loved (Jerome: quaecunque tibi placuerit feminarum), in which there lies indirectly the call to choose such an one; whereby the pessimistic criticism of the female sex, Ecclesiastes 7:26-28, so far as the author is concerned, falls into the background, since eudaemonism, the other side of his view of the world, predominates. The accus. designation of time, "through all the days of the life of thy vanity (i.e., of thy transient vain life)," is like Ecclesiastes 6:12, cf. Ecclesiastes 7:15. It is repeated in "all the days of thy vanity;" the repetition is heavy and unnecessary (therefore omitted by the lxx, Targ., and Syr.); probably like והדרך, Psalm 45:5, a ditto; Hitzig, however, finds also here great emphasis. The relative clause standing after the first designation of time refers to "the days which He (האלהים, Ecclesiastes 9:7) has granted under the sun." Hu in Ecclesiastes 9:9 refers attractionally to חלקך (Jerome: haec est enim parts), as at Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 5:17, cf. Ecclesiastes 7:2; היא of the Babyl. is therefore to be rejected; this enjoyment, particularly of marriage joys, is thy part in life, and in thy work which thou accomplishest under the sun, i.e., the real portion of gain allotted to thee which thou mayest and oughtest to enjoy here below.

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Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Esther 6:2,3 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door...

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Genesis 40:23
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

2 Samuel 20:22
Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they dispersed from the city, every man to his home. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.

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

Ecclesiastes 2:16
For of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How the wise dies just like the fool!

Ecclesiastes 4:13
Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.

Ecclesiastes 8:10
Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity.

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