Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.1
References for Ecclesiastes 10:9
If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.
If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.2
References for Ecclesiastes 10:11
Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious,3 but a fool is consumed by his own lips.4
References for Ecclesiastes 10:12
At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--
and the fool multiplies words.5 No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him?6
References for Ecclesiastes 10:14
A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town.
Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant7 and whose princes feast in the morning.
References for Ecclesiastes 10:16
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.8
References for Ecclesiastes 10:17
If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.9
References for Ecclesiastes 10:18
A feast is made for laughter, and wine10 makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
References for Ecclesiastes 10:19