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Ecclesiastes 10

NLT 1 Dead flies will cause even a bottle of perfume to stink! Yes, an ounce of foolishness can outweigh a pound of wisdom and honor. NIV 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. NLT 2 The hearts of the wise lead them to do right, and the hearts of the foolish lead them to do evil. NIV 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. NLT 3 You can identify fools just by the way they walk down the street! NIV 3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is. NLT 4 If your boss is angry with you, don't quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes. NIV 4 If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest. NLT 5 There is another evil I have seen as I have watched the world go by. Kings and rulers make a grave mistake NIV 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: NLT 6 if they give foolish people great authority, and if they fail to give people of proven worth their rightful place of dignity. NIV 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. NLT 7 I have even seen servants riding like princes -- and princes walking like servants. NIV 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves. NLT 8 When you dig a well, you may fall in. When you demolish an old wall, you could be bitten by a snake. NIV 8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. NLT 9 When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you! When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax! Such are the risks of life. NIV 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. NLT 10 Since a dull ax requires great strength, sharpen the blade. That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed. NIV 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. NLT 11 It does no good to charm a snake after it has bitten you. NIV 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. NLT 12 It is pleasant to listen to wise words, but the speech of fools brings them to ruin. NIV 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. NLT 13 Since fools base their thoughts on foolish premises, their conclusions will be wicked madness. NIV 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness-- NLT 14 Foolish people claim to know all about the future and tell everyone the details! But who can really know what is going to happen? NIV 14 and the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him? NLT 15 Fools are so exhausted by a little work that they have no strength for even the simplest tasks. NIV 15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town. NLT 16 Destruction is certain for the land whose king is a child and whose leaders feast in the morning. NIV 16 Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. NLT 17 Happy is the land whose king is a nobleman and whose leaders feast only to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk. 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. NLT 18 Laziness lets the roof leak, and soon the rafters begin to rot. NIV 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks. NLT 19 A party gives laughter, and wine gives happiness, and money gives everything! NIV 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything. NLT 20 Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don't make fun of a rich man, either. A little bird may tell them what you have said. 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.