New International Version
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.
King James Bible
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and profitable to them that see the sun.
World English Bible
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. Yes, it is more excellent for those who see the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And an advantage it is to those beholding the sun.
Ecclesiastes 7:11 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wisdom is good with an inheritance - In this chapter Solomon introduces many observations which appear to be made by objectors against his doctrine; and as he was satisfied of their futility, he proposes them in their own full strength, and then combats and destroys them. It is quite necessary to attend to this; else we shall take the objector's words for those of Solomon; and think, as some have done, that the wise man contradicts and refutes himself. Observations, reflections, and objections of friends and adversaries are frequently introduced in the works of ancient authors, without mentioning them as such. This is frequent, more particularly in ethic writers; and we have many specimens in Horace, and without this distinction, it would be impossible to make sense of some of his writings. Here, an objector who had listened to the wise man declaiming in favor of wisdom, suddenly interrupts him, and says in effect, "I grant the truth of what you have said. Wisdom is very good in its place; but what is it without property? A man who has a good inheritance may be profited by wisdom, because it will show him how to manage it to the best advantage."
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'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
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