Ecclesiastes 10:10

10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

Read Ecclesiastes 10:10 Using Other Translations

If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.
Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

What does Ecclesiastes 10:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 10:10

If the iron be blunt
With which a man cleaves wood: the axe, made of iron: and he do not whet the edge;
with some proper instrument to make it sharper, that it may cut the more easily; then must he put to more strength;
he must give a greater blow, strike the harder, and use more force; and yet it may not be sufficient, or; it may be to no purpose, and he himself may be in the greatest danger of being hurt; as such are who push things with all their might and main, without judgment and discretion; but wisdom [is] profitable to direct;
this is the "excellency" of wisdom, that it puts a man in the right way of doing things, and of doing them right; it directs him to take the best methods, and pursue the best ways and means of doing things, both for his own good and the good of others; and so it is better than strength, ( Ecclesiastes 9:16 Ecclesiastes 9:18 ) .

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