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Ecclesiastes 10 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour : so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that 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 spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences. 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 which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.
7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. 8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
10 If the iron be blunt , and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct . 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.
11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 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 foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--
14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 14 and the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him?
15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. 15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town.
16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 16 Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.
17 Blessed 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! 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 By much slothfulness the building decayeth ; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through . 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry : but money answereth all things. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber : for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell 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.