Wisdom is better than weapons of war

Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. (Ecclesiastes 9:18, KJV)

Life’s triumphs often hinge on the wisdom we cultivate. Who better understood this truth than Solomon, renowned for his wisdom, power, and wealth? Despite his power, Solomon concluded that wisdom is the prime pursuit in life. Let’s unpack his profound statement, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war,” and delve into its implications, including how it applies to the challenges we face in our homes, families, health, finance, etc.

Consider Solomon’s narrative in Ecclesiastes 9:14-15 for context:

“There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he, by his wisdom, delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man.” (Ecclesiastes 9:14–15, ESV)

Here, Solomon exalts wisdom’s triumph over might. He echoes this sentiment in Ecclesiastes 7:19: “Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.” (Ecclesiastes 7:19, ESV)

What does Solomon mean by wisdom? At its core, wisdom is knowledge of the things in life and applying that knowledge effectively to obtain desired and excellent results. A person knowledgeable about generating wealth has more power than one depending solely on physical labor. Thus, wisdom outclasses strength in achieving success.

But the  Bible’s focus is divine wisdom, not earthly. Divine wisdom is understanding God and His ways, enabling us to make decisions leading to divine outcomes. Think of how God’s complete knowledge of past, present, and future guides His decisions! He knows exactly what to do to get the excellent results He wants! Hence, above all, get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).


Reflect on how Ecclesiastes 9:18 applies to your life. Could it be a work challenge where wisdom could make a difference or a family issue needing God’s insight?

Apply the Word

Consider this: In tackling life’s trials, knowing why you’re facing specific challenges and what to do to come out of them can be more powerful than praying and fasting for power to break through. Seek divine wisdom; immerse yourself in God’s Word.


Ask God for wisdom, and cry out for understanding (James 1:5, Proverbs 2:3-6).

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