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

  • 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
  • Not terrible, but too plain.
  • I think it calms me down now that I am 65 and have been thinking that some of the things that I wanted to do be, will never happen. But it 's okay.
  • This is a great verse to keep in mind when someone may say something bad about us. It will help to slow down our anger and help us to be more fogiving if we recall that we have sad bad things about others before.
  • It is true that you reep what you saw. Disobedience is the seed that yields sorrow inlatter years
  • Paul W. Green for verse 3
    this most beloved scripture occurred to me as I lay sleepless in bed early morning 7 26 14. I am thoroughly convinced of it 's efficacy in the truly longing heart. Interestingly enough just before that I had gone over the opening paragraph of a well known to me essay that touches upon the spirit and necessity of "the broken and contrite spirit " which is core to the "beauty of holiness ". which sorrow and sadness was epitomized through the sacrificial suffering and death of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Here it is. "MOSAIC " It occurred to me that it is generally composed of shards and bits of various materials. Taken separately they are quite meaningless and un noteworthy yet in the hands of the artist they are collectively transformed to such a gorgeous degree that hardly are we even aware of there actual unattractiveness apart from each other. Perhaps, by virtue of the artists ' vision they each become imbued by the over arching light of his design melding them almost unperceptively into the whole of a "NEW CREATION ".

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