New International Version
11 I have seen something else under the sun:
12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:
Wisdom Better Than Folly
13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom(K) that greatly impressed me: 14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.(L) 16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.(M)
17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom(N) is better than weapons of war,
but one sinner destroys much good.