Today, we’ll look at some other passages in Ecclesiastes that praise the virtues of wisdom.
(Ecc 7:19) Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
(Ecc 9:17) The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. (18) Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
(Ecc 10:12) The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. (13) The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. (14) A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? (15) The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
(Ecc 2:13) Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
The Influence of Wisdom
A wise man is stronger than ten (physically) mighty men. That is, one man who has practical insight can accomplish more than many strong men. Experience has proven this fact repeatedly. People of intellect and practical wisdom have shaped history. This has been true in business, science and war.
Wisdom flows through our words, as well as our works. Wisdom makes a man’s words influential, without shouting or talking endlessly. Where do we find these wise words? They are given of One Shepherd (Ecc 12:11). For all the reasons Solomon mentions, wisdom is better than folly.
What About You?
- Do you have the kind of practical wisdom that is better than physical might?
- Does your wisdom reaveal itself through your words?