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

  • Hector D
    The fact is Jesus was born, He came into the world to atone for our sins,He was resurrected, and He's alive today. This is what we should celebrate, as we are told in the Old Testament in such passages as Zechariah 2:10: Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,' declares the LORD. In fact Jesus Christ is Jehovah God in the flesh! Celebrate every day!!
  • Brianna
    Vs. 25 - I enjoy this verse because it prompts Christians to do research and look for the reason behind things. Example: as a Jehovah's Witness I do not celebrate Christmas. As expected many people ask: WHY? Isn't it about Jesus? After exploring the origins of Christmas, I found that it was a pagan holiday. Therefore, after searching for wisdom, I came to the conclusion that pagan and Christ = NO!
  • Amon
    it is a chapter which reminds us to stand for the truth ,be simple ,not corrupt our minds in order to meet the demands of the globilized world .Hence we should put God first in every thing we do .
  • 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 !!
  • 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.
  • J
    Doing His will when no one listens entitles a blessing in heaven and on earth, Amen.

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