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Ecclesiastes 10 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dead flies make a perfumer's oil ferment and stink; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
2 A wise man's heart [goes] to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
3 Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool. 3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is.
4 If the ruler's anger rises against you, don't leave your place, for calmness puts great offenses to rest. 4 If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler: 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
6 The fool is appointed to great heights, but the rich remain in lowly positions. 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.
7 I have seen slaves on horses, but princes walking on the ground like slaves. 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
8 The one who digs a pit may fall into it, and the one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. 8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9 The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them; the one who splits trees may be endangered by them. 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
10 If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success. 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.
11 If the snake bites before it is charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer. 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
12 The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness. 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--
14 Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what will happen, and who can tell anyone what will happen after him? 14 and the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him?
15 The struggles of fools weary them, for they don't know how to go to the city. 15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town.
16 Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning. 16 Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.
17 Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time- for strength and not for drunkenness. 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.
18 Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks. 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
19 A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
20 Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter. 20 Do not revile the king 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.