Ecclesiastes 10

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1Dead 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. 2A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left. 3Even when the fool walks by the way, he lacks prudence, and he says unto every one that he is a fool.

4If the spirit of the ruler rises up against thee, do not leave thy place; for meekness pacifies great sins. 5There is another evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeds from the ruler: 6Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich are seated in a low place. 7I saw slaves upon horses, and princes walking as slaves upon the earth. 8He that digs a pit shall fall into it, and whosoever breaks a hedge, a serpent shall bite him. 9Whosoever moves the stones shall have tribulation along with it, and he that cuts the firewood shall be endangered by it. 10If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must put forth more strength, but the advantages of wisdom excel. 11If the serpent bites without being enchanted, then the babbler is no more.

12The words from the mouth of the wise man are grace, but the lips of the fool will swallow up himself. 13The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14The fool multiplies words and says, Man cannot tell what shall be, and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 15The labour of the foolish wearies all of them because they do not know how to go to the city.

16Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes banquet in the morning! 17Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season for strength, and not for drunkenness! 18By much slothfulness the building decays, and through idleness of the hands the rain drips throughout the house. 19The banquet is made for pleasure, and wine makes merry; but money answers all things. 20Do not curse the king, not even in thy thought; and do not curse the rich even in the secret place of thy bedchamber; for the birds of the air shall carry the voice, and those who have wings shall tell the matter.