Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies, cause to stink [and] ferment, the oil of the perfumer,—More costly than wisdom or honour, is a little folly. Ecclesiastes 10:2 The sense of the wise, is on his right hand,—But, the sense of the dullard, on his left: Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea, even by the way, as the foolish man walketh along, his sense faileth him—and he telleth everyone that, foolish, is he! Ecclesiastes 10:4 If, the spirit of a ruler, riseth up against thee, thy place, do not leave, for gentleness, pacifieth such as have greatly erred. Ecclesiastes 10:5 Here was a misfortune I had seen under the sun,—a veritable mistake that was going forth from the presence of one who had power: Ecclesiastes 10:6 Folly placed in great dignity,—while, the rich, in a low place, took their seat: Ecclesiastes 10:7 I had seen, servants, upon horses,—and, rulers, walking like servants, on the ground. Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that diggeth a pit, thereinto, may fall,—and, he that breaketh through a hedge, there may bite him a serpent. Ecclesiastes 10:9 He that removeth stones, may be hurt therewith,—and he that cleaveth wood, may be endangered thereby. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If, blunt, be the iron, and, himself, hath not sharpened, the edge, then, much force, must he apply,—but, an advantage for giving success, is wisdom. Ecclesiastes 10:11 If a serpent will bite, unless he is charmed, then there is nothing better for him that owneth a tongue. Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth, are pleasant,—but, the lips of a dullard, will swallow him up: Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth, is folly,—but, the latter end of his speech, is mischievous madness. Ecclesiastes 10:14 Yet, a foolish man, multiplieth words,—[though] no man knoweth that which hath been, and, that which shall be after him, who can tell him? Ecclesiastes 10:15 The toil of dullards, shall weary a man, that he knoweth not how to go into the city.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Alas! for thee, O land, when thy king is a boy,—and, thy rulers, in the morning, do eat: Ecclesiastes 10:17 How happy art thou, O land, when thy king is a son of nobles,—and, thy rulers, in season, do eat, for strength, and not for debauchery.


Ecclesiastes 10:18 By two lazy arms, the framework sinketh in,—and, by the hanging down of the hands, the house may leak.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 Merrily people make bread, and, wine, gladdeneth life,—but, money, answereth all things.

Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Even in thy thought, do not revile, the king, nor, within thy bed-chambers, revile thou the rich,—for, a bird of the heavens, might carry the voice, yea, an owner of wings, might tell the matter.

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