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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.


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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