Ecclesiastes 10:1

1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Read Ecclesiastes 10:1 Using Other Translations

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.
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