Ecclesiastes 10:13
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English Standard Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.

King James Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

American Standard Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.

English Revised Version
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Ecclesiastes 10:13 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Folly is set on great heights, and the rich must sit in lowliness. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes like servants walking on foot." The word הסּכל (with double seghol, Aram. סכלוּ) is used here instead of those in whom it is personified. Elsewhere a multiplicity of things great, such as עמּים, מים, and the like, is heightened by רבּים (cf. e.g., Psalm 18:17); here "great heights" are such as are of a high, or the highest degree; rabbim, instead of harabbim, is more appos. than adject. (cf. Genesis 43:14; Psalm 68:28; Psalm 143:10; Jeremiah 2:21), in the sense of "many" (e.g., Ginsburg: "in many high positions") it mixes with the poetry of the description dull prose.

(Note: Luzz. reads נתן: "Folly brings many into high places." The order of the words, however, does not favour this.)

Ashirim also is peculiarly used: divites equals nobiles (cf. שׁוע, Isaiah 32:5), those to whom their family inheritance gives a claim to a high station, who possess the means of training themselves for high offices, which they regard as places of honour, not as sources of gain. Regibus multis, Grotius here remarks, quoting from Sallust and Tacitus, suspecti qui excellunt sive sapientia sive nobilitate aut opibus. Hence it appears that the relation of slaves and princes to each other is suggested; hoc discrimen, says Justin, 41:3, of the Parthians, inter servos liberosque est quod servi pedibus, liberi nonnisi equis incedunt; this distinction is set aside, princes must walk 'al-haarěts, i.e., beregel (beraglēhěm), and in their stead (Jeremiah 17:25) slaves sit high on horseback, and rule over them (the princes), - an offensive spectacle, Proverbs 19:10. The eunuch Bagoas, long all-powerful at the Persian Court, is an example of the evil consequences of this reversal of the natural relations of men.

Ecclesiastes 10:13 Parallel Commentaries

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Judges 14:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle...

1 Samuel 20:26-33 Nevertheless Saul spoke not any thing that day: for he thought, Something has befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean...

1 Samuel 22:7,8,16-18 Then Saul said to his servants that stood about him, Hear now, you Benjamites...

1 Samuel 25:10,11 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse...

2 Samuel 19:41-43 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away...

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said...

2 Kings 6:27,31 And he said, If the LORD do not help you, from where shall I help you? out of the barn floor, or out of the wine press...

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Matthew 2:7,8,16 Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared...

Luke 6:2,11 And certain of the Pharisees said to them, Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days...

Luke 11:38,53,54 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed before dinner...

John 12:10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

Acts 5:28-33 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach in this name? and, behold...

Acts 6:9-11 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians...

Acts 7:54-59 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth...

Acts 19:24-28 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:25
I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.

Ecclesiastes 10:14
A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?

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