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Ecclesiastes 10 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dead flies putrefy the perfumer's ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for 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 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 Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, And he shows everyone 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 rises against you, Do not leave your post; For conciliation pacifies great offenses. 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, As an error proceeding 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, While the rich sit in a lowly place. 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.
7 I have seen servants on horses, While princes walk on the ground like servants. 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
8 He who digs a pit will fall into it, And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent. 8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, And he who splits wood may be endangered by it. 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 the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success. 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.
11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; The babbler is no different. 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 shall swallow him up; 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness. 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--
14 A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be 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 labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even 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, O land, when your king is a child, 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, O land, when your king is the 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 building decays, And through idleness of 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 made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers 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 thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, And a bird in flight may 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.