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Wisdom does more for a person than ten rulers can do for a city.
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Wisdom hath strengthened the wise more than ten princes of the city.
Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 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. . . .
2 Samuel 20:16-22 And a wise woman cried out from the city: Hear, hear, and say to Joab: Come near hither, and I will speak with thee. . . .
Proverbs 21:22 The wise man hath scaled the city of the strong, and hath cast down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong: and a knowing man, stout and valiant.
Colossians 1:9-11 Therefore we also, from the day that we heard it, cease not to pray for you and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding: . . .
ContextThe Limits of Human Wisdom
…18It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing. 19Wisdom hath strengthened the wise more than ten princes of the city.20For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not.…
By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things.
The wise man hath scaled the city of the strong, and hath cast down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Better is a child that is poor and wise, than a king that is old and foolish, who knoweth not to foresee for hereafter.
For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them.
This wisdom also I have seen under the sun, and it seemed to me to be very great:
And I said that wisdom is better than strength: how then is the wisdom of the poor man slighted, and his words not heard?
Additional TranslationsWisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers in a city.Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city.
Wisdom will help the wise man more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] that are in a city.
Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers which are in a city.
Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men who are in the city.
Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
The wisdom giveth strength to a wise man, more than wealth the rulers who have been in a city.
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