Ecclesiastes 10:12-20 NIV

12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious,1 but a fool is consumed by his own lips.2

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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.3 No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him?4

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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 servanta5 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.6

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      18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.7

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      19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine8 makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

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      20 Do not revile the king9 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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