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.
Darby 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!
Ecclesiastes 9:18 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sinner - The word in the original indicates intellectual as well as moral error.
LibraryThree Youths Save Constantinople
Now there was found in that city a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no one remembered that same poor man. Eccl. ix. 15. After these events it really seems as if Gaïnas, to use a modern expression, had completely lost his head, or, to give the view of it taken by himself and his contemporaries, as if a demon had begun to trouble him; for his conduct became aimless and uncertain. Discontent, revenge, ambition, and evil counsels destroyed in him all capacity for wise …
Frederic William Farrar—Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom
Epistle cxxvii. From S. Columbanus to Pope Gregory .
Second Great Group of Parables.
But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the LORD burned against the sons of Israel.
2 Kings 21:2
He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel.
And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.
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