Young's Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 10

Observations of wisdom and folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause a perfumer's perfume To send forth a stink; The precious by reason of wisdom—By reason of honour—a little folly! Ecclesiastes 10:2 The heart of the wise [is] at his right hand, And the heart of a fool at his left. Ecclesiastes 10:3 And also, when he that is a fool Is walking in the way, his heart is lacking, And he hath said to every one, 'He [is] a fool.' Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler go up against thee, Thy place leave not, For yielding quieteth great sinners. Ecclesiastes 10:5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, As an error that goeth out from the ruler, Ecclesiastes 10:6 He hath set the fool in many high places, And the rich in a low place do sit. Ecclesiastes 10:7 I have seen servants on horses, And princes walking as servants on the earth. Ecclesiastes 10:8 Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And whoso is breaking a hedge, a serpent biteth him. Ecclesiastes 10:9 Whoso is removing stones is grieved by them, Whoso is cleaving trees endangered by them. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron hath been blunt, And he the face hath not sharpened, Then doth he increase strength, And wisdom [is] advantageous to make right. Ecclesiastes 10:11 If the serpent biteth without enchantment, Then there is no advantage to a master of the tongue. Ecclesiastes 10:12 Words of the mouth of the wise [are] gracious, And the lips of a fool swallow him up. Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] folly, And the latter end of his mouth [Is] mischievous madness. Ecclesiastes 10:14 And the fool multiplieth words: 'Man knoweth not that which is, And that which is after him, who doth declare to him?' Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of the foolish wearieth him, In that he hath not known to go unto the city.

Of riot,

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king [is] a youth, And thy princes do eat in the morning. Ecclesiastes 10:17 Happy art thou, O land, When thy king [is] a son of freemen, And thy princes do eat in due season, For might, and not for drunkenness.

slothfulness,

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By slothfulness is the wall brought low, And by idleness of the hands doth the house drop.

and money.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 For mirth they are making a feast, And wine maketh life joyful, And the silver answereth with all.

Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Even in thy mind a king revile not, And in the inner parts of thy bed-chamber Revile not the rich: For a fowl of the heavens causeth the voice to go, And a possessor of wings declareth the word.

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