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Ecclesiastes 10:13

13 At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—

Read Ecclesiastes 10:13 Using Other Translations

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.
Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness;

What does Ecclesiastes 10:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 10:13

The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness
As soon as ever he opens his mouth, he betrays his folly; the first word he speaks is a foolish one; or it is from the abundant folly in his heart that he speaks, which is the source and spring of all his foolish talk; and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness;
to himself and others; as he goes on, he appears more and more foolish, and yet more confident of his own wisdom; and is resolutely set on having his own way and will; grows warm, and is violently hot, to have his own words regarded; and, if contradicted, is like a madman, scattering arrows, firebrands, and death; his talk from first to last is a circle of folly; and, though it begins with something weak, and may seem innocent, yet it ends and issues in wickedness and madness, in rage and wrath, in oaths and curses.

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