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Ecclesiastes 10


A Little Foolishness

Ecclesiastes 10:1   Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.
Ecclesiastes 10:2   A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.
Ecclesiastes 10:3   Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
Ecclesiastes 10:4   If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
Ecclesiastes 10:5   There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler--
Ecclesiastes 10:6   folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.
Ecclesiastes 10:7   I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.
Ecclesiastes 10:8   He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.
Ecclesiastes 10:9   He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.
Ecclesiastes 10:10   If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
Ecclesiastes 10:11   If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
Ecclesiastes 10:12   Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
Ecclesiastes 10:13   the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.
Ecclesiastes 10:14   Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
Ecclesiastes 10:15   The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
Ecclesiastes 10:16   Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.
Ecclesiastes 10:17   Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time--for strength and not for drunkenness.
Ecclesiastes 10:18   Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
Ecclesiastes 10:19   Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
Ecclesiastes 10:20   Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.
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