Ecclesiastes 10:13
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New International Version
At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness--

New Living Translation
Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness;

English Standard Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.

New American Standard Bible
the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.

King James Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness.

International Standard Version
He begins his speech with foolishness, and concludes it with evil madness.

NET Bible
At the beginning his words are foolish and at the end his talk is wicked madness,

New Heart English Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fool starts out by talking foolishness and ends up saying crazy things that are dangerous.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; And the end of his talk is grievous madness.

New American Standard 1977
the beginning of his talking is folly, and the end of it is wicked madness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

King James 2000 Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is wicked madness.

American King James Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

American Standard Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.

Darby Bible Translation
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

English Revised Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

World English Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Young's Literal Translation
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, And the latter end of his mouth Is mischievous madness.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:11-15 There is a practice in the East, of charming serpents by music. The babbler's tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison; and contradiction only makes it the more violent. We must find the way to keep him gentle. But by rash, unprincipled, or slanderous talk, he brings open or secret vengeance upon himself. Would we duly consider our own ignorance as to future events, it would cut off many idle words which we foolishly multiply. Fools toil a great deal to no purpose. They do not understand the plainest things, such as the entrance into a great city. But it is the excellency of the way to the heavenly city, that it is a high-way, in which the simplest wayfaring men shall not err, Isa 25:8. But sinful folly makes men miss that only way to happiness.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
12Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; 13the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness. 14Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:25
I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of 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?
Treasury of Scripture

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

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Judges 14:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's …

1 Samuel 20:26-33 Nevertheless Saul spoke not any thing that day: for he thought, Something …

1 Samuel 22:7,8,16-18 Then Saul said to his servants that stood about him, Hear now, you Benjamites…

1 Samuel 25:10,11 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and …

2 Samuel 19:41-43 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to …

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, …

2 Kings 6:27,31 And he said, If the LORD do not help you, from where shall I help …

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, …

Matthew 2:7,8,16 Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of …

Luke 6:2,11 And certain of the Pharisees said to them, Why do you that which …

Luke 11:38,53,54 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed …

John 12:10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

Acts 5:28-33 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach …

Acts 6:9-11 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue …

Acts 7:54-59 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they …

Acts 19:24-28 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver …

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