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Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink [and] ferment; [so] a little folly is weightier than wisdom [and] honour. Ecclesiastes 10:2 The heart of a wise [man] is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his sense faileth [him], and he saith to every one [that] he is a fool. Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for quietness pacifieth great offences. Ecclesiastes 10:5 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as an error [that] proceedeth from the ruler: Ecclesiastes 10:6 folly is set in great dignities, but the rich sit in a low place. Ecclesiastes 10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that diggeth a pit falleth into it; and whoso breaketh down a hedge, a serpent biteth him. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Whoso removeth stones is hurt therewith; he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he apply more strength; but wisdom is profitable to give success. Ecclesiastes 10:11 If the serpent bite before enchantment, then the charmer hath no advantage. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. Ecclesiastes 10:14 And the fool multiplieth words: [yet] man knoweth not what shall be; and what shall be after him, who will tell him? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of fools wearieth them, because they know not how to go to the city.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! Ecclesiastes 10:17 Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is a son of nobles, and thy princes eat in [due] season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!


Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much sloth fulness the framework falleth in; and through idleness of the hands the house drippeth.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh life merry; but money answereth everything.

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 bedchamber: for the bird of the air will carry the voice, and that which hath wings will tell the matter.

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