Ecclesiastes 7:12

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For wisedome is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellencie of knowledge is, that wisedome giueth life to them that haue it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For wisdom is protection {just as} money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

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.
- Darby Bible

For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellence of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

For wisdom [is] a defense, money [is] a defence, And the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom [is], She reviveth her possessors.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 7

  • MockingBird
    A fool is one that says no to God : A fool will proclaim all his anger : Anger works not the righteousness of God. With God's help I will be able to have control over any anger that I want to express, and not show it !!
  • Shelia Thompson
    It means to me seek an answer from the Lord first concerning whatever your facing instead running ahead of God and making a rash decision in a hurry because someone made you upset because of something they said or did to you. You should wait on the Lord and be of good courage knowing that the battle do not belong to you but it belong to good and so do vengeance.
  • BSP
    This shows that it is unwise to quickly become angry over everything. We should slow down and use our reasoning skills or let love cover over others faults.
  • Lilian
    Sometimes we cant control to feel angry but to do sinful thing because of your anger thats a sinful already. Somehow if we abide the Holy spirit and his words in our life everyday God will help us and will provide us patience becoz we let God control our life thanks to the blood of Jesus. No matter what sorrows and sadness we have be rejoice always and praise Jesus more thru him we have peace amen
  • J
    Doing His will when no one listens entitles a blessing in heaven and on earth, Amen.
  • Abundantlife for verse 9
    Anger is one of the works of the flesh Gal 5 Anger is also as a result of the one's state of mind Mark7 Anger is a sinful reaction to any situation Eph4:26 Anger can not produce any righteousness James1:20 Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee Psalm119:11

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