Ecclesiastes 101 Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer ▼ to send forth an evil odor; so doth a little folly ▼ outweigh wisdom and honor. ▼
▼ 1) Or to stink and putrefy 2) Or him that is valued for wisdom2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. 3 Yea also, when the fool walketh by the way, his ▼ understanding faileth him, and he saith ▼ to every one that he is a fool. ▼
▼ 1) Heb heart 2) Or of4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for ▼ gentleness allayeth great offences. ▼
▼ 1) Or calmness leaveth great sins undone5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as it were an error which proceedeth from the ruler: 6 folly is set in great ▼ dignity, and the rich sit in a low place. ▼
▼ 1) Heb heights7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking like servants upon the earth. 8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a wall, a serpent shall bite him. 9 Whoso ▼ heweth out stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby. ▼
▼ 1) Or moveth stones10 If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. 11 ▼ If the serpent bite ▼ before it is charmed, then is there no advantage in ▼
▼ 3the charmer. ▼
▼ 1) Or Surely the serpent will bite where there is no enchantment; and the slanderer is no better. 2) Heb without enchantment 3) Heb the master of the tongue12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of ▼ his talk is mischievous madness. ▼
▼ 1) Heb his mouth14 A fool also multiplieth words: yet man knoweth not what shall be; and that which shall be after him, who can tell him? 15 The labor of fools wearieth every one of them; for he knoweth not how to go to the city. 16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a ▼ child, and thy princes eat in the morning! ▼
▼ 1) Or servant17 Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is ▼ the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! ▼
▼ 1) Or a free man18 By slothfulness the ▼ roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh. ▼
▼ 1) Or rafters sink19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life; and money answereth all things. 20 Revile not the king, no, not in thy thought; and revile not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the heavens shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
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