New Living Translation
A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.
King James Bible
A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
Darby Bible Translation
The heart of a wise man is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
World English Bible
A wise man's heart is at his right hand, but a fool's heart at his left.
Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the wise is at his right hand, And the heart of a fool at his left.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
10:2 Heart - His understanding is always present with him and ready to direct him. He mentions the right hand, because that is the common instrument of action. A fool's - His understanding is not effectual to govern his affections and actions.
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand.
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