New International Version
I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:
King James Bible
This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
Darby Bible Translation
This also have I seen as wisdom under the sun, and it was great unto me.
World English Bible
I have also seen wisdom under the sun in this way, and it seemed great to me.
Young's Literal Translation
This also I have seen: wisdom under the sun, and it is great to me.
Ecclesiastes 9:13 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As the birds that are caught - Man acts so heedlessly, notwithstanding all his wisdom, and all his warnings, that he is often taken, as a fish is, by the baited hook; and the bird by the baited snare. And thus, an evil time, like the snare, gin, trap, hook, falleth suddenly upon them; and they are taken in a moment, and have no means of escaping. How frequently do we see these comparisons illustrated!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Lapse of Time.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."--Eccles. ix. 10. Solomon's advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below--the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work, …
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII
Annunciation to Joseph of the Birth of Jesus.
Solomon's Temple Spiritualized
2 Samuel 20:22
Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.
There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.
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