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Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Deed flyes yt corruppe swete oyntment & make it to styncke, are somthinge more worth then the wysdome & honor of a foole. Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wyse mans hert is vpon the right hande, but a fooles hert is vpon the left. Ecclesiastes 10:3 A dotinge foole thinketh, yt euery ma doth as foolishly as himself. Ecclesiastes 10:4 Yf a principall sprete be geue the to beare rule, be not negliget the in thine office: for so shal greate wickednesse be put downe, as it were wt a medecyne. Ecclesiastes 10:5 Another plage is there, which I haue sene vnder the Sonne: namely, ye ignoraunce yt is comonly amonge prynces: Ecclesiastes 10:6 in yt a foole sytteth in greate dignite, & the rich are sett downe beneth: Ecclesiastes 10:7 I se seruauntes ryde vpon horses, & prynces goinge vpon their fete as it were seruauntes. Ecclesiastes 10:8 But he yt dyggeth vp a pytt, shall fall therin himself: & who so breaketh downe the hedge, a serpent shal byte him. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayle withall: and he that heweth wod, shalbe hurt therwith. Ecclesiastes 10:10 When an yron is blont, and ye poynt not sharpened, it must be whett againe, and that with might: Euen so doth wisdome folowe diligence. Ecclesiastes 10:11 A babler of his tonge is no better, then a serpent that styngeth without hyssynge. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The wordes out of a wyse mans mouth are gracious, but the lippes of a foole wil destroye himself. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The begynnynge of his talkynge is foolishnes, and the last worde of his mouth is greate madnesse. Ecclesiastes 10:14 A foole is so full of wordes, that a man can not tell what ende he wyll make: who wyl then warne him to make a conclucion? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The laboure of ye foolish is greuous vnto the, while they knowe not how to go in to the cite.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Wo be vnto the (O thou realme and londe) whose kynge is but a childe, and whose prynces are early at their banckettes. Ecclesiastes 10:17 But well is the (O thou realme and londe) whose kinge is come of nobles, and whose prynces eate in due season, for strength and not for lust.

slothfulness,

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Thorow slouthfulnesse the balkes fall downe, and thorow ydle hades it rayneth in at the house.

and money.

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

Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Wysh the kynge no euell in yi thought, and speake no hurte of ye ryche in thy preuy chambre: for a byrde of the ayre shal betraye thy voyce, and wt hir fethers shal she bewraye thy wordes.

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