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Ecclesiastes 10

LEB 1 Dead flies cause a bad smell [and] ruin the ointment of the perfumer. So also a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. NIV 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. LEB 2 The heart of the wise [inclines] to his right, but the heart of the fool [inclines] to his left. NIV 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. LEB 3 Even when the fool walks along the road, he lacks sense; he tells everyone [that] he is a fool. NIV 3 Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are. LEB 4 If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post, for calmness can undo great offenses. NIV 4 If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest. LEB 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun-- [it is] an error that proceeds from a ruler! NIV 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: LEB 6 The fool is set in many high places, but the rich sit in lowly places. NIV 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. LEB 7 I have even seen slaves [riding] on horses and princes walking like slaves on the earth! NIV 7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves. LEB 8 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. Whoever breaks through a wall, a snake will bite him. NIV 8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. LEB 9 Whoever {quarries} stones will be wounded by them. Whoever splits logs will be endangered by them. NIV 9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. LEB 10 If the ax is blunt but one does not sharpen its edge, {he must exert more effort}, but the advantage of wisdom [is] it brings success. NIV 10 If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success. LEB 11 If the snake bites before the charming, {the snake charmer will not succeed}. NIV 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee. LEB 12 The wise man [wins] favor by the words of his mouth, but the fool is devoured by his own lips. NIV 12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips. LEB 13 He begins by saying what is foolish and ends by uttering what is wicked delusion. NIV 13 At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness— LEB 14 The fool {talks too much}, for no one knows what will be. Who can tell anyone what will happen {in the future}? NIV 14 and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming— who can tell someone else what will happen after them? LEB 15 The fool is so worn out by a hard day's work {he cannot even find his way home at night}. NIV 15 The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town. LEB 16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a youth and your princes feast in the morning. NIV 16 Woe to the land whose king was a servantand whose princes feast in the morning. LEB 17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is a son of nobility and your princes feast at the proper time-- to gain strength and not to get drunk. NIV 17 Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness. LEB 18 Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through idleness of hands the house leaks. NIV 18 Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks. LEB 19 {Feasts are held for celebration}, wine cheers the living, and money answers everything. NIV 19 A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything. LEB 20 Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse the rich even in your own bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry your voice; a winged messenger may repeat your words. NIV 20 Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

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