Ecclesiastes 10

A Little Foolishness

1Dead flies make a a  perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. 2A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish b  man’s heart directs him toward the left. 3Even when the fool walks along the road, his
Lit heart
sense is lacking and he
Lit says
,
e  demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
4If the ruler’s
Lit spirit
temper rises against you, g  do not abandon your position, because h  composure allays great offenses.

5There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler 6 i  folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places. 7I have seen j  slaves riding k  on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

8 l  He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a m  serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall. 9He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. 10If the
Lit iron
axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must
Lit strengthen
exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
11If the serpent bites
Lit without enchantment
,
q  before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
12 r  Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a s  fool consume him; 13the beginning of
Lit the words of his mouth
his talking is folly and the end of
Lit his mouth
it is wicked v  madness.
14Yet the w  fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him x  what will come after him? 15The toil of
Lit fools
a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
16Woe to you, O land, whose z  king is a lad and whose princes
Lit eat
feast in the morning.
17Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate timefor strength and not for ab  drunkenness. 18Through ac  indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks. 19Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and ad  wine makes life merry, and ae  money
Lit answers all
is the answer to everything.
20Furthermore ag  in your bedchamber do not ah  curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.
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