Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

New American Standard Bible

And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.

King James Version

Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

Holman Bible

And I realized that there is an advantage to wisdom over folly, like the advantage of light over darkness.

International Standard Version

I concluded that wisdom is more useful than foolishness, just as light is more useful than darkness.

A Conservative Version

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as far as light excels darkness.

Amplified

Then I saw that [even secular] wisdom [that brings sorrow] is better than [the pleasures of] folly and self-indulgence as light excels darkness.

Bible in Basic English

Then I saw that wisdom is better than foolish ways--as the light is better than the dark.

Darby Translation

And I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as light excelleth darkness.

Julia Smith Translation

And I saw there is profit to wisdom more than to folly, as the excellence of the light above darkness.

King James 2000

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness.

Lexham Expanded Bible

I realized that wisdom has an advantage over folly, just as light has an advantage over darkness.

Modern King James verseion

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And I saw that wisdom excelleth foolishness, as far as light doth darkness.

NET Bible

I realized that wisdom is preferable to folly, just as light is preferable to darkness:

New Heart English Bible

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness.

The Emphasized Bible

Then saw, I, that wisdom doth excel folly, - as far as light excelleth darkness.

Webster

Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

World English Bible

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness.

Youngs Literal Translation

And I saw that there is an advantage to wisdom above folly, like the advantage of the light above the darkness.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Then I saw
ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

ישׁ 
Yesh 
is, be, have, there,
Usage: 135

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

יתרון 
Yithrown 
יתרון 
Yithrown 
Usage: 10
Usage: 10

שׂכלוּת סכלוּת 
Cikluwth 
Usage: 7

as far as light
אור 
'owr 
Usage: 122

References

Verse Info

Context Readings

The Living Must Abandon The Work Of Their Hands To Others At Death

12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been done long ago. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head, and the fool walketh in darkness: and yet I perceived that one event happeneth to them all.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 7:11-12

Wisdom is as good as an inheritance; yea, more excellent is it for them that see the sun.

Psalm 119:105

NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path.

Psalm 119:130

The opening of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.

Proverbs 4:5-7

Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;

Proverbs 4:18-19

But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 16:16

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Ecclesiastes 7:19

Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city.

Ecclesiastes 9:16

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Ecclesiastes 9:18

Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Ecclesiastes 11:7

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.

Malachi 3:18-2

Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Matthew 6:23

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!

Luke 11:34-35

The lamp of thy body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Ephesians 5:8

For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light

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