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Ecclesiastes 9

Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher

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Chapter 10

1

 Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; [so] doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor. 

 


2

 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. 

 


4

 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for gentleness allayeth great offences. 

 


5

 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. 

 


7

 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. 

 


10

 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 the charmer. 

 


12

 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. 

 


14

 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! 

 


17

 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! 

 


18

 By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh. 

 


19

 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. 

 


Ecclesiastes 11

 

 

 

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