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Ecclesiastes 10 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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A Little Foolishness

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 - Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:2 - A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’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 position, because composure allays great offenses.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:5 - There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler—
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:6 - folly is set in many exalted places while rich men 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 - He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he 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 edge, then he must [fn]exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:11 - If the serpent bites [fn]before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:13 - the beginning of [fn]his talking is folly and the end of [fn]it is wicked madness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:14 - Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:15 - The toil of [fn]a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:16 - Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes [fn]feast in the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:17 - Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength and not for drunkenness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:18 - Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:19 - Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money [fn]is the answer to everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:20 - Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not 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.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: heart
Literally: says
Literally: spirit
Literally: iron
Literally: strengthen
Literally: without enchantment
Literally: the words of his mouth
Literally: his mouth
Literally: fools
Literally: eat
Literally: answers all

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