14 There was a little city with few men in it. And a great king came against it and besieged it and built great bulwarks against it.

15 But there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no man [seriously] remembered that poor man.

16 But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heeded.

17 The words of wise men heard in quiet are better than the shouts of him who rules among fools.