Ecclesiastes 10:1
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New International Version
As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

New Living Translation
As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.

English Standard Version
Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

New American Standard Bible
Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.

King James Bible
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dead flies make a perfumer's oil ferment and stink; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

International Standard Version
As dead flies cause the perfumer's ointment to stink, so also does a little foolishness to one's reputation of wisdom and honor.

NET Bible
One dead fly makes the perfumer's ointment give off a rancid stench, so a little folly can outweigh much wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dead flies will make a bottle of perfume stink, and then it is spoiled. A little foolishness outweighs wisdom [and] honor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Dead flies make the ointment of the perfumer fetid and putrid; So doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honour.

New American Standard 1977
Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: likewise a small act of folly unto him that is esteemed for wisdom and honour.

King James 2000 Bible
Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a foul odor: so does a little folly to him that is respected for wisdom and honor.

American King James Version
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking smell: so does a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.

American Standard Version
Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor;'so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly.

Darby Bible Translation
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink [and] ferment; [so] a little folly is weightier than wisdom [and] honour.

English Revised Version
Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth an offensive odor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.

World English Bible
Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

Young's Literal Translation
Dead flies cause a perfumer's perfume To send forth a stink; The precious by reason of wisdom -- By reason of honour -- a little folly!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:1-3 Those especially who make a profession of religion, should keep from all appearances of evil. A wise man has great advantage over a fool, who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Sin is the reproach of sinners, wherever they go, and shows their folly.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
1Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. 2A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.…
Cross References
Exodus 30:25
"You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.

Job 6:3
"For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.
Treasury of Scripture

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