Ecclesiastes 4:5
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New Living Translation
"Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin."

King James Bible
The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

World English Bible
The fool folds his hands together and ruins himself.

Young's Literal Translation
The fool is clasping his hands, and eating his own flesh:

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

4:5 The fool - Is careless and idle: perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, he runs into the other extreme. Eateth - Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread.

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Ecclesiastes
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

Cross References
Proverbs 6:10
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Proverbs 24:33
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--

Ecclesiastes 10:12
Wise words bring approval, but fools are destroyed by their own words.

Isaiah 9:20
They will attack their neighbor on the right but will still be hungry. They will devour their neighbor on the left but will not be satisfied. In the end they will even eat their own children.

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