Ecclesiastes 10 NIV

1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly1 outweighs wisdom and honor.

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2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone2 how stupid he is.

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4 If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post;3 calmness can lay great errors to rest.4

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5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
6 Fools are put in many high positions,5 while the rich occupy the low ones.

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7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.6

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8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;7 whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.8

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9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.9

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10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.
11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.10

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12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious,11 but a fool is consumed by his own lips.12

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13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--
14 and the fool multiplies words.13 No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him?14

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15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town.
16 Woe to you, O land whose king was a servanta15 and whose princes feast in the morning.

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    • a 10:16 - Or "king is a child"
      17 Blessed are you, O land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.16

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      18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.17

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      19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine18 makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

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      20 Do not revile the king19 even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

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