New International Version
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
King James Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.
World English Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is wisdom than weapons of conflict, And one sinner destroyeth much good!
Ecclesiastes 9:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wisdom is better than weapons of war - So proved in the case of Archimedes.
But one sinner - Such as the Roman butcher above mentioned.
Destroyeth much good - Such as were the life and skill of the Syracusan mathematician. One sinner has often injured the work of God; one stumbling-block has sometimes destroyed a revival of religion. Sin acts like a ferment; whatever comes in contact with it, it assimilates to itself.
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"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, …
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But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the LORD's anger burned against Israel.
2 Kings 21:2
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.
I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
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