Ben F – The great King and the poor man – Ecclesiastes 9:13-16

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Main points:

  • Great wisdom – Ecclesiastes 9:13
  • The little city and the great king and the poor wise man – Ecclesiastes 9:14-15
  • Solomon’s lesson ‘Wisdom is better than strength’ – Ecclesiastes 9:16
  • Why the wise man is forgotten – James 4:1
  • The wisest of all men was not heard – Mark 3:27
  • What is wisdom? (Proverbs 29:15; James 3:13; 1 Cor 1:22-24; Romans 5:8)

Ecclesiastes 9:13-16New King James Version (NKJV)

13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares[a] around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
16 Then I said:
“Wisdom is better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,
And his words are not heard.

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