New Living Translation
When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you. When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax.
King James Bible
Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.
Darby Bible Translation
Whoso removeth stones is hurt therewith; he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby.
World English Bible
Whoever carves out stones may be injured by them. Whoever splits wood may be endangered thereby.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is removing stones is grieved by them, Whoso is cleaving trees endangered by them.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
10:9 Whoso removeth - Stones too heavy for them: who rashly attempts things too high and hard for them.
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
When you dig a well, you might fall in. When you demolish an old wall, you could be bitten by a snake.
Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.
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