Ecclesiastes 10:2

2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
ESV
2 A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left.
NLT
2 A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.
MSG
2 Wise thinking leads to right living; Stupid thinking leads to wrong living.
CSB
2 A wise man's heart [goes] to the right, but a fool's heart to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10:2

A wise man's heart [is] at his right hand
This is not designed to express the direct position and situation of the heart of man, wise or foolish, which is the same in both; and which, according to anatomists, is in the middle of the body, inclining to the left side; but the understanding and wisdom of men, as Aben Ezra observes; which, with a wise man, is ready a hand to direct and assist him in any affair; and which under the influence of it, he goes about with great readiness and dexterity, and performs it with great ease and facility, without sinister ends and selfish views; it inclines him to pursue the true way to honour, heaven, and happiness, which lies to the right; to seek things that are above, at the right hand of God; and, in all, his honour and glory; but a fool's heart [is] at his left;
he is at a loss for wisdom and understanding to direct him, when he has an affair of any moment upon his hand; which he goes about in an awkward manner, as left handed persons do, and has sinister ends in what he does; and he is to every good work reprobate and unfit, and seeks earth and earthly things, which lie to the left, and in all himself. The Targum is,

``the heart of a wise man is to get the law, which was given by the right hand of the Lord; and the heart of a fool to get the goods of gold and silver:''
so Jarchi,
``his wisdom is ready to incline him (the wise man) to the right hand way for his good; but the heart of a fool to pervert him from it.''
The ancients F15 used to call things wise and prudent the right hand and things foolish the left hand.
FOOTNOTES:

F15 Suidas in voce (dexia) .

Ecclesiastes 10:2 In-Context

1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
3 Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.
4 If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: