Ecclesiastes 10:15
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New International Version
The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town.

King James Bible
The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

Darby Bible Translation
The labour of fools wearieth them, because they know not how to go to the city.

World English Bible
The labor of fools wearies every one of them; for he doesn't know how to go to the city.

Young's Literal Translation
The labour of the foolish wearieth him, In that he hath not known to go unto the city.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He knoweth not how to go to the city - I suppose this to be a proverb: "He knows nothing; he does not know his way to the next village." He may labor; but for want of judgment he wearies himself to no purpose.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

labour

Ecclesiastes 10:3,10 Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he said to every one that he is a fool...

Isaiah 44:12-17 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms: yes...

Isaiah 47:12,13 Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, wherein you have labored from your youth...

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me...

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away...

Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say...

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...

because

Psalm 107:4,7 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in...

Isaiah 35:8-10 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it...

Jeremiah 50:4,5 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together...

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The Way to the City
'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
In this my relation of the merciful working of God upon my soul, it will not be amiss, if in the first place, I do in a few words give you a hint of my pedigree, and manner of bringing up; that thereby the goodness and bounty of God towards me, may be the more advanced and magnified before the sons of men. 2. For my descent then, it was, as is well known by many, of a low and inconsiderable generation; my father's house being of that rank that is meanest, and most despised of all the families in
John Bunyan—Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 10:14
and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell someone else what will happen after them?

Ecclesiastes 10:16
Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.

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