Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 10

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Ecclesiastes 10

NKJV 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. NIV 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. NKJV 2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand, But a fool's heart at his left. NIV 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. NKJV 3 Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, And he shows everyone that he is a fool. NIV 3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is. NKJV 4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, Do not leave your post; For conciliation pacifies great offenses. NIV 4 If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest. NKJV 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, As an error proceeding from the ruler: NIV 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: NKJV 6 Folly is set in great dignity, While the rich sit in a lowly place. NIV 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. NKJV 7 I have seen servants on horses, While princes walk on the ground like servants. NIV 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves. NKJV 8 He who digs a pit will fall into it, And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent. NIV 8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. NKJV 9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, And he who splits wood may be endangered by it. NIV 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. NKJV 10 If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success. NIV 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. NKJV 11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; The babbler is no different. NIV 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. NKJV 12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up; NIV 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. NKJV 13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness. NIV 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness-- NKJV 14 A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be after him? NIV 14 and the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him? NKJV 15 The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city! NIV 15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town. NKJV 16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, And your princes feast in the morning! NIV 16 Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. NKJV 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! NIV 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. NKJV 18 Because of laziness the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks. NIV 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks. NKJV 19 A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything. NIV 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything. NKJV 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. NIV 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.