New International Version
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
King James Bible
For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Darby Bible Translation
For wisdom is a defence [as] money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, [that] wisdom maketh them that possess it to live.
World English Bible
For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Young's Literal Translation
For wisdom is a defense, money is a defence, And the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom is, She reviveth her possessors.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wisdom is a defense - To whom Solomon answers: All true wisdom is most undoubtedly a great advantage to men in all circumstances; and money is also of great use: but it cannot be compared to wisdom. Knowledge of Divine and human things is a great blessing. Money is the means of supporting our animal life: but wisdom - the religion of the true God - gives life to them that have it. Money cannot procure the favor of God, nor give life to the soul.
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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 …
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Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.
I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
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