Quiet wise words (Eccl 9:17-9:18)

“The quiet words of the wise

Are more to be heeded

Than the shouting of a ruler

Among fools.

Wisdom is better

Than weapons of war.

But one bungler

Destroys much good.”

Qoheleth believes that you should listen to the quiet words of the wise rather than the shouting of a ruler among fools. This is somewhat revolutionary saying that the wise are better than the rulers. This strong statement indicates that wisdom is better than war weapons. However, there is a caveat. One bungler can destroy much good.