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Ecclesiastes 7:12

    Ecclesiastes 7:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Wisdom keeps a man from danger even as money does; but the value of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to its owner.

    Webster's Revision

    For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it.

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:12

    Wisdom is a defense - To whom Solomon answers: All true wisdom is most undoubtedly a great advantage to men in all circumstances; and money is also of great use: but it cannot be compared to wisdom. Knowledge of Divine and human things is a great blessing. Money is the means of supporting our animal life: but wisdom - the religion of the true God - gives life to them that have it. Money cannot procure the favor of God, nor give life to the soul.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:12

    Wisdom is a defense ... - See the margin and Psalm 121:5, i. e., He who is defended from adversity by his wisdom is in as good a position as he who is defended by his riches.

    Excellency - literally, Profit.

    Giveth life to - literally, "Causes to live," "makes alive" Proverbs 3:18; the deeper meaning of which is elicited by comparing these words with John 6:63; Matthew 4:4.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:12

    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.