New Living Translation
Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
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.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:12 Life - But herein knowledge of wisdom excels riches, that whereas riches frequently expose men to destruction, true wisdom doth often preserve a man from temporal, and always from eternal ruin.
LibraryOf the First Covenant Made with Man
Gen. ii. 17.--"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die."--Gen. i. 26.--"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." The state wherein man was created at first, you heard was exceeding good,--all …
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Covenanting Adapted to the Moral Constitution of Man.
Letter xxviii (Circa A. D. 1130) to the Abbots Assembled at Soissons
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
I thought, "Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness.
One wise person is stronger than ten leading citizens of a town!
So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.
Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.
A party gives laughter, wine gives happiness, and money gives everything!
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