Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 10 ©

1Observations on wisdom and folly; 16on the defects and virtues of governors; 18on slothfulness; 19on money. 20Men's thoughts of kings ought to be reverent.

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1DEAD flies cause the ointment of the *apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: aso doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

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A bwise man's heart is at his right hand; but ca fool's heart at his left.

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Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, 2his wisdom faileth him, and dhe saith to every one that he is a fool.

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If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, eleave not thy place; for fyielding pacifieth great offences.

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gThere is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth 3from the ruler:

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hFolly is set 4in great dignity, iand the rich sit in low place.

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jI have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

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He that kdiggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

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Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that lcleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

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If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he *put to more strength: but mwisdom is profitable to direct.

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Surely nthe serpent will bite without enchantment; and 5a babbler is no better.

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The owords of a wise man's mouth are 6gracious; pbut the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

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The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of 7his talk is mischievous madness.

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qA fool also 8is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and rwhat shall be after him, who can tell him?

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The slabour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

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tWoe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

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uBlessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

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vBy much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

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wA feast is made for laughter, and xwine 9maketh merry: ybut money answereth all things.

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zCurse not the king, no not in thy 10thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for aa bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.