Ecclesiastes 9:16
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New International Version
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.

King James Bible
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Darby Bible Translation
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength; but the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

World English Bible
Then I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Young's Literal Translation
And I said, 'Better is wisdom than might, and the wisdom of the poor is despised, and his words are not heard.' --

Ecclesiastes 9:16 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard - I cannot help pursuing this illustration a little farther. The soldier who found Archimedes busily employed in drawing figures upon the sand, put to him some impertinent question, withal rudely obtruding himself on his operations. To whom this wonderful mathematician replied, "Stand off, soldier, and do not spoil my diagram;" on which the bloody savage struck him dead!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

wisdom

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.

the poor

Proverbs 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Mark 6:2,3 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying...

John 7:47-49 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are you also deceived...

John 9:24-34 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said to him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner...

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called...

James 2:2-6 For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment...

Library
The 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.
(at Nazareth, b.c. 5.) ^A Matt. I. 18-25. ^a 18 Now the birth [The birth of Jesus is to handled with reverential awe. We are not to probe into its mysteries with presumptuous curiosity. The birth of common persons is mysterious enough (Eccl. ix. 5; Ps. cxxxix. 13-16), and we do not well, therefore, if we seek to be wise above what is written as to the birth of the Son of God] of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed [The Jews were usually betrothed ten or twelve months
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Ephesus
While Apollos was preaching at Corinth, Paul fulfilled his promise to return to Ephesus. He had made a brief visit to Jerusalem and had spent some time at Antioch, the scene of his early labors. Thence he traveled through Asia Minor, "over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia" (Acts 18:23), visiting the churches which he himself had established, and strengthening the faith of the believers. In the time of the apostles the western portion of Asia Minor was known as the Roman province of Asia. Ephesus,
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Solomon's Temple Spiritualized
or, Gospel Light Fetched out of the Temple at Jerusalem, to Let us More Easily into the Glory of New Testament Truths. 'Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Isreal;--shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out hereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof.'--Ezekiel 43:10, 11 London: Printed for, and sold by George Larkin, at the Two Swans without Bishopgate,
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Proverbs 8:14
Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.

Proverbs 21:22
One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.

Ecclesiastes 7:12
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.

Ecclesiastes 7:19
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.

Ecclesiastes 9:18
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

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