Ecclesiastes, Chapter 10 - Wisdom, Folly, and the Nature of Power

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Ecclesiastes 10:1
Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to produce an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.
Ecclesiastes 10:2
A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left.
Ecclesiastes 10:3
Yes also when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.
Ecclesiastes 10:4
If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, don’t leave your place; for gentleness lays great offenses to rest.
Ecclesiastes 10:5
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, the sort of error which proceeds from the ruler.
Ecclesiastes 10:6
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.
Ecclesiastes 10:7
I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking like servants on the earth.
Ecclesiastes 10:8
He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
Ecclesiastes 10:9
Whoever carves out stones may be injured by them. Whoever splits wood may be endangered by it.
Ecclesiastes 10:10
If the ax is blunt, and one doesn’t sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.
Ecclesiastes 10:11
If the snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer’s tongue.
Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.
Ecclesiastes 10:13
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Ecclesiastes 10:14
A fool also multiplies words. Man doesn’t know what will be; and that which will be after him, who can tell him?
Ecclesiastes 10:15
The labor of fools wearies every one of them; for he doesn’t know how to go to the city.
Ecclesiastes 10:16
Woe to you, land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!
Ecclesiastes 10:17
Happy are you, land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
Ecclesiastes 10:18
By slothfulness the roof sinks in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.
Ecclesiastes 10:19
A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes the life glad; and money is the answer for all things.
Ecclesiastes 10:20
Don’t curse the king, no, not in your thoughts; and don’t curse the rich in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry your voice, and that which has wings may tell the matter.

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