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Ecclesiastes 10 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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A Little Foolishness

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 -

Dead flies turn a perfumer’s oil rancid, so a little foolishness is more [fn]potent than wisdom and honor.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:2 - A wise person’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish person’s heart directs him toward the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:3 - Even when the fool walks along the road, his [fn]sense is lacking, and he [fn]demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:4 - If the ruler’s [fn]temper rises against you, do not abandon your place, because composure puts great offenses to rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:5 -

There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like a mistake that proceeds from the ruler:

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:6 - foolishness is set in many exalted places while the rich sit in humble places.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:7 - I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 -

One who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite one who breaks through a wall.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - One who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and one who splits logs may be endangered by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:10 - If the [fn]axe is dull and he does not sharpen its [fn]edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of bringing success.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:11 - If the serpent bites [fn]before being charmed, there is no benefit for the charmer.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - Words from the mouth of a wise person are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:13 - the beginning of [fn]his talking is foolishness, and the end of [fn]it is evil insanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:14 - Yet the fool multiplies words. No person knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:15 - The labor of [fn]a fool makes him so weary that he does not even know how to go to a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:16 - Woe to you, land whose king is a boy, and whose princes [fn]feast in the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:17 - Blessed are you, land whose king is of nobility, and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength and not for drunkenness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:18 - Through extreme laziness the rafters sag, and through idleness the house leaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:19 - People prepare a meal for enjoyment, wine makes life joyful, and money [fn]is the answer to everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:20 - Furthermore, in your bedroom do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich person; for a bird of the sky will bring the sound, and the winged one will make your word known.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit costly
Lit heart
Lit says
Lit spirit
Lit iron
Lit faces
Lit with no incantation
Lit the words of his mouth
Lit his mouth
Lit fools make
Lit eat
Lit answers all

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