Ecclesiastes 10

The Book of Ecclesiastes
Chapter 10

Chapter Overview:

Observations on wisdom and folly, ver. 1 - 3.
On rulers, ver. 4 - 7.
Miscellany observations, ver. 8 - 11.
On governing the tongue, ver. 12 - 14.
More miscellany observations, ver. 15 - 20.


10:2Heart - His understanding is always present with him and ready to direct him. He mentions the right hand, because that is the common instrument of action. A fool's - His understanding is not effectual to govern his affections and actions.
10:3Walketh - In his daily conversation. He saith - He discovers his folly to all that meet him.
10:4The spirit - The passion. Leave not - In anger or discontent.Continue in a diligent and faithful discharge of thy duty, and modestly and humbly submit to him. Yielding - A gentle and submissive carriage.
10:6The rich - Wise and worthy men, rich in endowments of mind.
10:8An hedge - Whereby another man's fields or vineyards are distinguished, that he may either take away their fruits, or enlarge his own fields.
10:9Whoso removeth - Stones too heavy for them: who rashly attempts things too high and hard for them.
10:10Wisdom - As wisdom instructs a man in the smallest matters, so it is useful for a man's direction in all weighty affairs.
10:11Without - If not prevented by the art and care of the charmer; which practice he does not justify, but only mentions by way of resemblance.
10:12Gracious - Procure him favour with those who hear him.
10:14Full of words - Forward to promise and boast what he will do, whereas none can be sure of future events, even during his own life, much more after his death.
10:15Wearieth - Fools discover their folly by their wearisome and fruitless endeavours after things which are too high for them.Because - He is ignorant of those things which are most easy, as of the way to the great city whither he is going.
10:16A child - Either in age, or childish qualities. Eat - Give up themselves to eating and drinking. Morning - The fittest time for God's service, for the dispatch of weighty affairs, and for sitting in judgment.
10:17Nobles - Not so much by birth, as by their noble dispositions.
10:20Thy thought - In the most secret manner. The rich - Princes or governors. A bird - The king will hear of it by unknown and unsuspected hands, as if a bird had heard and carried the report of it.