Bible: Eccl 9:13-18

Most People Are Not Receptive to Wise Counsel

9:13 This is what I also observed about wisdom on earth, 1 

and it is a great burden 2  to me:

9:14 There was once 3  a small city with a few men in it,

and a mighty king attacked it, besieging 4  it and building strong 5  siege works against it.

9:15 However, a poor but wise man lived in the city, 6 

and he could have delivered 7  the city by his wisdom,

but no one listened 8  to that poor man.

9:16 So I concluded that wisdom is better than might, 9 

but a poor man’s wisdom is despised; no one ever listens 10  to his advice. 11 

Wisdom versus Fools, Sin, and Folly

9:17 The words of the wise are heard in quiet,

more than the shouting of a ruler is heard 12  among fools.

9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,

but one sinner can destroy much that is good.

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