Ecclesiastes 10:1
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English Standard Version
Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs 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.

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.

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.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Also this have I come to see as wisdom under the sun, and it appears great to me." The Venet. construes falsely: "This also have I:seen: wisdom under the sun;" as also Hitzig, who reads זה (neut. as at Ecclesiastes 7:27). There is no reason thus to break up the sentence which introduces the following experience. Zoh is connected with hhochmah, but not as Luther renders it: "I have also seen this wisdom," which would have required the words הח זאת, but, as Jerome does: Hanc quoque sub sole vidi sapeintiam; this, however, since ־מג, as at Ecclesiastes 5:15, cf. Ecclesiastes 9:18, is attractionally related to hhochmah as its pred., is equals "also in this I saw wisdom," as the lxx translates, or as Zckl.: "also this have I seen - come to find out as wisdom," - also this, viz., the following incident narrated, in which wisdom of exceeding greatness presented itself to me. As Mordecai is called "great among the Jews," Esther 10:3, so here Koheleth says that the wisdom which came to light therein appeared to him great (אלי, as elsewhere בּעיני or לפני).

Now follows an experience, which, however, has not merely a light side, but also a dark side; for wisdom, which accomplished so great a matter, reaped only ingratitude:

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