New Living Translation
Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is 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!
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LibraryRelation v. Observations on Certain Points of Spirituality.
1. "What is it that distresses thee, little sinner? Am I not thy God? Dost thou not see how ill I am treated here? If thou lovest Me, why art thou not sorry for Me? Daughter, light is very different from darkness. I am faithful; no one will be lost without knowing it. He must be deceiving himself who relies on spiritual sweetnesses; the true safety lies in the witness of a good conscience.  But let no one think that of himself he can abide in the light, any more than he can hinder the natural …
Teresa of Avila—The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus
Epistle xxxiv. To Venantius, Ex-Monk, Patrician of Syracuse .
Jewish views on Trade, Tradesmen, and Trades' Guilds
But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the LORD was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah.
2 Kings 21:2
He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
I thought, "Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness.
Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
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.
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