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 Ecclesiastes 10
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A Little Foolishness

1 Dead flies make a perfumer's R250 oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. 2 A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's R251 heart directs him toward the left. 3 Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense F128 is lacking and he demonstrates R252 F129 to everyone that he is a fool. 4 If the ruler's temper F130 rises against you, do R253 not abandon your position, because composure R254 allays great offenses.

5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler-- 6 folly R255 is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places. 7 I have seen slaves R256 riding on R257 horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

8 He R258 who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent R259 may bite him who breaks through a wall. 9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. 10 If the axe F131 is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert F132 more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. 11 If the serpent bites before R260 F133 being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. 12 Words R261 from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool R262 consume him; 13 the beginning of his F134 talking is folly and the end of it F135 is wicked madness. R263 14 Yet the fool R264 multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what R265 will come after him? 15 The toil of a F136 fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city. 16 Woe to you, O land, whose king R266 is a lad and whose princes feast F137 in the morning. 17 Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time--for strength and not for drunkenness. R267 18 Through indolence R268 the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks. 19 Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine R269 makes life merry, and money R270 is F138 the answer to everything. 20 Furthermore, in R271 your bedchamber do not curse R272 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.

F128: Lit heart
F129: Lit says
F130: Lit spirit
F131: Lit iron
F132: Lit strengthen
F133: Lit without enchantment
F134: Lit the words of his mouth
F135: Lit his mouth
F136: Lit fools
F137: Lit eat
F138: Lit answers all

R250: Exodus 30:25
R251: Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1
R252: Proverbs 13:16; 18:2
R253: Ecclesiastes 8:3
R254: 1 Samuel 25:24-33; Proverbs 25:15
R255: Esther 3:1,5f; Proverbs 28:12; 29:2
R256: Proverbs 19:10
R257: Esther 6:8-10
R258: Psalms 7:15; Proverbs 26:27
R259: Amos 5:19
R260: Psalms 58:4,5; Jeremiah 8:17
R261: Proverbs 10:32; 22:11; Luke 4:22
R262: Proverbs 10:14; 18:7; Ecclesiastes 4:5
R263: Ecclesiastes 7:25
R264: Proverbs 15:2; Ecclesiastes 5:3
R265: Ecclesiastes 3:22; 6:12; 7:14; 8:7
R266: Isaiah 3:4,12
R267: Proverbs 31:4; Isaiah 5:11
R268: Proverbs 24:30-34
R269: Judges 9:13; Psalms 104:15; Ecclesiastes 2:3
R270: Ecclesiastes 7:12
R271: 2 Kings 6:12; Luke 12:3
R272: Exodus 22:28; Acts 23:5


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