If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post;1 calmness can lay great errors to rest.2
References for Ecclesiastes 10:4
There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
Fools are put in many high positions,3 while the rich occupy the low ones.
References for Ecclesiastes 10:6
I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.4
References for Ecclesiastes 10:7
Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;5 whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.6
References for Ecclesiastes 10:8
Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.7
References for Ecclesiastes 10:9
If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.