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Ecclesiastes 10

NRS 1 Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a foul odor; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. NIV 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. NRS 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. NIV 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. NRS 3 Even when fools walk on the road, they lack sense, and show to everyone that they are fools. NIV 3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is. NRS 4 If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post, for calmness will undo great offenses. NIV 4 If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest. NRS 5 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as great an error as if it proceeded from the ruler: NIV 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: NRS 6 folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place. NIV 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. NRS 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, and princes walking on foot like slaves. NIV 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves. NRS 8 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; and whoever breaks through a wall will 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. NRS 9 Whoever quarries stones will be hurt by them; and whoever splits logs will be endangered by them. NIV 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. NRS 10 If the iron is blunt, and one does not whet the edge, then more strength must be exerted; but wisdom helps one to succeed. NIV 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. NRS 11 If the snake bites before it is charmed, there is no advantage in a charmer. NIV 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. NRS 12 Words spoken by the wise bring them favor, but the lips of fools consume them. NIV 12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. NRS 13 The words of their mouths begin in foolishness, and their talk ends in wicked madness; NIV 13 At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness-- NRS 14 yet fools talk on and on. No one knows what is to happen, and who can tell anyone what the future holds? NIV 14 and the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell him what will happen after him? NRS 15 The toil of fools wears them out, for they do not even know the way to town. NIV 15 A fool's work wearies him; he does not know the way to town. NRS 16 Alas for you, O land, when your king is a servant, 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. NRS 17 Happy are you, O land, when your king is a nobleman, 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. NRS 18 Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks. NIV 18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks. NRS 19 Feasts are made for laughter; wine gladdens life, and money meets every need. NIV 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything. NRS 20 Do not curse the king, even in your thoughts, or curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, or some winged creature 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.