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Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 A dead flye doth corrupt sweete oyntment, and maketh it to stinke: Euen so oft tymes he that hath ben had in estimation for wysdome and honour, is abhorred because of a litle foolishnesse. Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wyse mans heart is vpon his right hande, but a fooles heart vpon his left. Ecclesiastes 10:3 A foole wyll shewe him selfe when he goeth by the way, yet thinketh he that euery man doth as foolishly as him self. Ecclesiastes 10:4 If a principall spirite be geuen thee to beare rule, be not negligent then in thine office: for he that can take cure of him selfe, auoydeth great offences. Ecclesiastes 10:5 Another plague is there whiche I haue seene vnder the sunne, namely, the ignoraunce that is commonly among princes: in that a foole sitteth in great dignitie, and the riche are set downe beneath. Ecclesiastes 10:6 in that a foole sitteth in great dignitie, and the riche are set downe beneath. Ecclesiastes 10:7 I haue seene seruauntes ride vpon horses, and princes goyng vpon their feete as it were seruauntes. Ecclesiastes 10:8 But he that diggeth vp a pitte, shall fall therin hym selfe: and who so breaketh downe the hedge, a serpent shall byte hym. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayle withall: and he that heweth wood, shalbe hurt therwith. Ecclesiastes 10:10 When an iron is blunt and the poynt not sharpened, it must be whet agayne, and that with might: Euen so doth wisdome folowe diligence. Ecclesiastes 10:11 A backbiter is no better then a serpent that stingeth without hissing. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The wordes out of a wyse mans mouth are gratious: but the lippes of a foole wyll destroy him selfe. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of his talking is foolishnesse: & the last worde of his mouth is starke madnesse. Ecclesiastes 10:14 A foole is full of wordes, and a man can not tell what shall come to passe: who wyll then warne hym of it that shall folowe after hym? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of the foolishe is greeuous vnto them, whyle they know not howe to go into the citie.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Wo be vnto thee O thou lande, whose kyng is but a chylde, and whose princes are early at their bankettes. Ecclesiastes 10:17 But well is thee O thou lande, whose kyng is come of nobles, and whose princes eate in due season for necessitie, and not for lust.


Ecclesiastes 10:18 Thorowe slouthfulnesse the balkes fall downe, and thorowe idle handes it rayneth in at the house.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 Meate maketh men to laugh, and wine maketh them merie: but vnto money are all thinges obedient.

Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Wishe the king no euil in thy thought, and speake no hurt of the riche in thy priuie chaumber: for a byrde of the ayre shall betray thy voyce, and with her fethers shall she bewray thy wordes.

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