1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the oyntment of the Apothecarie to send foorth a stinking sauour: [so] doeth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisedome [and] honour. Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise mans heart [is] at his right [hand]: but a fooles heart at his left. Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also when hee that is a foole walketh by the way, his wisedome faileth [him], and hee saith to euery one [that] he is a foole. Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise vp against thee, leaue not thy place; for yeelding pacifieth great offences. Ecclesiastes 10:5 There is an euill [which] I haue seene vnder the Sunne, as an errour, [which] proceedeth from the ruler. Ecclesiastes 10:6 Folly is set in great dignitie; and the rich sit in lowe place. Ecclesiastes 10:7 I haue seene seruants vpon horses, and princes walking as seruants vpon the earth. Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it; and who so breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Who so remoueth stones, shall be hurt therewith: [and] hee that cleaueth wood, shalbe endangered thereby. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the yron be blunt, and he doe not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisedome [is] profitable to direct. Ecclesiastes 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without inchauntment, and a babbler is no better. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise mans mouth [are] gratious: but the lips of a foole will swallow vp himselfe. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishnesse: and the end of his talke is mischieuous madnesse. Ecclesiastes 10:14 A foole also is full of words; a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall bee after him who can tell him? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of the foolish wearyeth euery one of them; because hee knoweth not how to goe to the citie.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king [is] a child, and thy princes eate in the morning. Ecclesiastes 10:17 Blessed [art] thou, O land, when thy king [is] the sonne of nobles, and thy princes eate in due season, for strength, and not for drunkennesse.


Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slouthfulnesse the building decayeth; and through idlenesse of the hands the house droppeth through.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought, and curse not the rich in thy bed-chamber: for a bird of the aire shall carry the voyce, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

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