Ecclesiastes 9:18
Good News Translation
Wisdom does more good than weapons, but one sinner can undo a lot of good.

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

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

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

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

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Ecclesiastes 9:16 And I said that wisdom is better than strength: how then is the wisdom of the poor man slighted, and his words not heard?

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Joshua 7:1,5,11,12 But the children of Israel transgressed the commandment, and took to their own use of that which was accursed. For Achan, the son of Charmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zare, of the tribe of Juda, took something of the anathema: and the Lord was angry against the children of Israel. . . .

Joshua 22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zare transgress the commandment of the Lord, and his wrath lay upon all the people of Israel? And he was but one man, and would to God he alone had perished in his wickedness.

1 Samuel 14:28,29,36-46 And one of the people answering, said: Thy father hath bound the people with an oath, saying: Cursed be the man that shall eat any food this day. (And the people were faint.) . . .

2 Samuel 20:1,2 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Seba, the son of Bochri, a man of Jemini: and he sounded the trumpet, and said: We have no part in David, nor inheritance in the son of Isai: return to thy dwellings, O Israel. . . .

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him . . .

2 Timothy 2:16-18 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they grow much towards ungodliness. . . .

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Mambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith.

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: . . .

Titus 1:10,11 For there are also many disobedient, vain talkers and seducers: especially they who are of the circumcision. . . .

Hebrews 12:15,16 Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder and by it many be defiled: . . .

Context
Wisdom is Better than Strength
17The words of the wise are heard in silence, more than the cry of a prince among fools. 18Better is wisdom, than weapons of war: and he that shall offend in one, shall lose many good things.
Cross References
Joshua 7:1
But the children of Israel transgressed the commandment, and took to their own use of that which was accursed. For Achan, the son of Charmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zare, of the tribe of Juda, took something of the anathema: and the Lord was angry against the children of Israel.

2 Kings 21:2
And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the idols of the nations, which the Lord destroyed from before the face of the children of Israel.

Ecclesiastes 2:13
And I saw that wisdom excelled folly, as much as light differeth from darkness.

Ecclesiastes 7:12
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.

Ecclesiastes 9:16
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 Translations
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Better is wisdom than weapons of conflict, And one sinner destroyeth much good!
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