Ecclesiastes 9:15

“Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now there was found in it a poore wise man, and hee by his wisedome deliuered the citie; yet no man remembred that same poore man.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now there was in the town a poor, wise man, and he, by his wisdom, kept the town safe. But no one had any memory of that same poor man.
- Basic English Bible

and there was found in it a poor wise man, who by his wisdom delivered the city; but no man remembered that poor man.
- Darby Bible

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
- Webster's Bible

Now a poor wise man was found in it, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
- World English Bible

and there hath been found in it a poor wise man, and he hath delivered the city by his wisdom, and men have not remembered that poor man!
- Youngs Literal Bible

now there was found in it a man poor and wise, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:15


9:15 Yet - He was soon neglected and his great service forgotten.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9:15

  • Godwin Simeon Umoh for verse 15
    Ecclesiates 9:15 If one should look at the characteristic of WISDOM and also the end-product of WISDOM, one will come to understand the fact that one of the products of WISDOM is UPLIFTMENT or PROMOTION.But in this case the writer shouldn 't have ascribed the word WISDOM to the poor man in question. The man was not a man of WISDOM from biblical perspectives.For instance, JUDGES 11:1-11 but was knowledgeabl in that regard. I therefore, do not try to oppos or contradict that biblical illustrations of this story,but rather giving a clearer differentiation between, 1, being KNOWLEDGEABLE, 2, and being fill or full of WISDOM.I do not equally subscribe to or mean that one should try to get his or her rewards through mental or diplomatic manipulation but in most cases we should learn to lean on GOD just as in the case of Mordecai in the book of ESTHER 2:21-23.
  • Freddie Filmore for verse 15
    Even though his deeds were forgotten, he was not. The maid that led to the deliverance of Naaman in 2 Kings 5:2-3 was not named nor was Naaman's servants that encouraged him to simply obey the prophet's request so that he might be healed of his leprosy. They each appeared in scripture and yes, God knows their names. Use the wisdom that God has given you and don't worry about getting the credit.

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