Ecclesiastes 10
Douay-Rheims Bible

Wisdom and Folly

1Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly. 2The heart of a wise man is in his right hand, and the heart of a fool is in his left hand. 3Yea, and the fool when he walketh in the way, whereas be himself is a fool, esteemeth all men fools. 4If the spirit of him that hath power, ascend upon thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease.

5There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were by an error proceeding from the face of the prince: 6A fool set in high dignity, and the rich sitting beneath. 7I have seen servants upon horses: and princes walking on the ground as servants.

8He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him. 9He that removeth stones, shall be hurt by them: and he that cutteth trees, shall be wounded by them. 10If the iron be blunt, and be not as before, but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom. 11If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly. 12The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong. 13The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error. 14A fool multiplieth words. A man cannot tell what hath been before him: and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 15The labour of fools shall afflict them that know not bow to go to the city. 16Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and when the princes eat in the morning. 17Blessed is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness. 18By slothfulness a building shall be brought down, and through the weakness of hands, the house shall drop through. 19For laughter they make bread, and wine that the living may feast: and all things obey money. 20Detract not the king, no not in thy thought; and speak not evil of the rich man in thy private chamber: because even the birds of the air will carry thy voice, and he that hath wings will tell what thou hast said.

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