For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living?
Treasury of Scripture
what hath the wise
Ecclesiastes 2:14-16 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all...
Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof...
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me...
Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...
ContextThe Futility of Life
1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 3If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. 4For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. 5Moreover he has not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this has more rest than the other. 6Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet has he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 7All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living? 9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 10That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. 11Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? 12For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or what hath the poor man, that knoweth how to walk before the living?
What hath the wise man more than the fool? and what the poor man, but to go thither, where there is life?
Darby Bible Translation
For what advantage hath the wise above the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
King James Bible
For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
Young's Literal Translation
For what advantage is to the wise above the fool? What to the poor who knoweth to walk before the living?