13 I have also seen wisdom under the sun on this wise, and it seemed great unto me: 14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it. 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. 16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. 17 The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.
Eccl 9:13-18 (ASV)
Comments: The world lifts up the ostentacious and people of power. God blesses the obscure with wisdom from above. The wise are unnoticed by the world but not so with God. God rewards the wise with knowledge and truth in this life, and untold riches in the Kingdom to come. Pastor Steve