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Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 A Deed flye doth corrupt swete oyntement & maketh it to stynk: Euen so oft tymes he that is made for wysdome & honour, is abhorred because of a lytle foolishnes. Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wyse mans herte is vpon þe ryght hande, but a fooles herte vpon þe left. Ecclesiastes 10:3 A foole will shewe him self when he goeth by þe way, yet thinkethe he þt euery man doth as foolyshly as him selfe. Ecclesiastes 10:4 If a principal sprete be geuen þe to beare rule, be not necgligent then in thine office: for he þt can take cure of him selfe, auoydeth great offences. Ecclesiastes 10:5 Another plage is there, which I haue sene vnder the sonne: namely, þe ignoraunce þt is commenly amonge princes: Ecclesiastes 10:6 in that a foole sytteth in greate dignite, & the rych are sett downe beneth: Ecclesiastes 10:7 I haue sene seruauntes ryde vpon horses, and princes goyng vpon their fete as it were seruauntes. Ecclesiastes 10:8 But he þt dyggeth vp a pyt, shal fall therin him selfe: and who so breaketh downe the hedge, a serpent shall byte hym. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayle withall: & he þt heweth wood, shalbe hurt therwith. Ecclesiastes 10:10 When an yron is blont, and the poynt not sharpened, it must be whet agayne, and þt wt myght: Euen so doth wysdome folowe diligence. Ecclesiastes 10:11 A babler of hys tonge is no better, then a serpent that styngeth wythout hyssynge. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The wordes out of a wyse mans mouth are gracious, but the lyppes of a foole wyll destroye him selfe. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginnyng of his talkynge is foolyshnes, & the last worde of his mouth is starke madnesse. Ecclesiastes 10:14 A foole is full of wordes, & a man cannot tell what shall come to passe: who wyll then warne him of it that shall folow after him? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The laboure of the folysh is greuous vnto them, whyle they knowe not howe to go into the citye.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Wo be vnto the (O thou lande) whose kynge is but a child, and whose princes are early at their banckettes. Ecclesiastes 10:17 But well is the (O thou lande) whose kynge is come of nobles, & whose princes eate in due season, for necessyte & not for lust.

slothfulness,

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Thorow slouthfulnesse the balckes fall downe, & thorow ydle handes it rayneth in at the house.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 Meat 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 Wish þe kyng no euell in thy thought & speake no hurte of the ryche in thy preuy chambre: for a byrd of the ayre shall betraye thy voyce, and with hir fethers shal she bewraye thy wordes.

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