Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 10

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Ecclesiastes 10

NLT 1 As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. NIV 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. NLT 2 A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one. 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 at 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 under the sun. 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 when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth. NIV 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. NLT 7 I have even seen servants riding horseback 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 might 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. NIV 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. NLT 10 Using a dull ax requires great strength, so 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 If a snake bites before you charm it, what’s the use of being a snake charmer? NIV 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. NLT 12 Wise words bring approval, but fools are destroyed by their own words. NIV 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. NLT 13 Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness; NIV 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness-- NLT 14 they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future. 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 can’t even find their way home. NIV 15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town. NLT 16 What sorrow for the land ruled by a servant, the land 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 noble leader and whose leaders feast at the proper time 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 leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house. NIV 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks. NLT 19 A party gives laughter, 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 the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you 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.