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Ecclesiastes 10 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly. 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
2 The heart of a wise man is in his right hand, and the heart of a fool is in his left hand. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
3 Yea, and the fool when he walketh in the way, whereas he himself is a fool, esteemeth all men fools. 3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is.
4 If the spirit of him that hath power, ascend upon thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease. 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 that I have seen under the sun, as it were by an error proceeding from the face of the prince: 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
6 A fool set in high dignity, and the rich sitting beneath. 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 on the ground as servants. 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 he that breaketh a 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 He that removeth stones, shall be hurt by them: and he that cutteth trees, shall be wounded by them. 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
10 If the iron be blunt, and be not as before, but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom. 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.
11 If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly. 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
12 The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong. 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
13 The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error. 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--
14 A fool multiplieth words. A man cannot tell what hath been before him: 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 fools shall afflict them that know 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 when the 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 is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness. 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 slothfulness a building shall be brought down, and through the weakness of hands, the house shall drop through. 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
19 For laughter they make bread, and wine that the living may feast: and all things obey money. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
20 Detract not the king, no not in thy thought; and speak not evil of the rich man in thy private chamber: because even the birds of the air will carry thy voice, and he that hath wings will tell what thou hast said. 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.