Matthew Bible

Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flyes that corruppe swete oyntment and make it to stinke are somthyng more worth then the wysdome and honour 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 dotyng foole thynketh, that euery man doth as folishly as hym selfe. Ecclesiastes 10:4 If a principall sprete be geuen the to beare rule, be not negligente then in thine office: for so shall great wickednesse be put doun, as it were wt a medecine. Ecclesiastes 10:5 Another plage is there, which I haue sene vnder the sunne: namely, the ignoraunce that is commenly among princes: Ecclesiastes 10:6 in that a foole sitteth in great dignitie, and the ryche are set doune beneth: Ecclesiastes 10:7 I se seruauntes ryde vpon horses, & princes going vpon theyr fete as it were seruauntes. Ecclesiastes 10:8 But he that dyggeth vp a pyt, shal fal therin hym self: & who so breaketh doune the hedge, a serpente shall byte hym. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Who so remoueth stones, shall haue trauayl withal: & he that heweth wood shalbe hurt therwith. Ecclesiastes 10:10 When an yron is blont, and the poynt not sharpened, it muste be whet agayn, and that with might: Euen so doth wysdome folowe diligence. Ecclesiastes 10:11 A babler of his tonge is no better then a serpent that styngeth without hyssyng. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The wordes of out a wyse mans mouth are gracious, but þe lippes of a fole wil destroy hym self. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The begynnyng of his talkynge is foolishnes, and the last worde of his mouth is great madnesse. Ecclesiastes 10:14 A foole is so full of woordes, that a man can not tell what ende he will make: who will then warne hym to make a conclusion? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of the folish is greuous vnto them, whyle they know not how to go into the cytye.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Wo be vnto the (O thou realme & lande) whose kyng is but a chylde, & whose princes are early at their bankettes. Ecclesiastes 10:17 But well is the (O thou realme and lande) whose kynge is is come of nobles, and whose prynces eate in due seasou, for strength and not for luste.


Ecclesiastes 10:18 Thorow slothfulnesse the balkes fal doune, and thorowe ydle handes it raineth in at the house.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 Meate maketh men to laugh, and wine maketh them mery: but vnto money are all thynges obedyente.

Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Wyshe the kynge no euell in thy thoughte, and speake no hurte of the ryche in thy preuy chambre: for a byrde of the ayre shall betraye thy voyce, and wyth her fethers shall she bewraye thy wordes.

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