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Ecclesiastes 10 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 - One dead fly makes the perfumer's ointment give off a rancid stench, so a little folly can outweigh much wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:2 - A wise person's good sense protects him, but a fool's lack of sense leaves him vulnerable.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:3 - Even when a fool walks along the road he lacks sense, and shows everyone what a fool he is.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:4 - If the anger of the ruler flares up against you, do not resign from your position, for a calm response can undo great offenses.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:5 - I have seen another misfortune on the earth: It is an error a ruler makes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:6 - Fools are placed in many positions of authority, while wealthy men sit in lowly positions.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:7 - I have seen slaves on horseback and princes walking on foot like slaves.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 - One who digs a pit may fall into it, and one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - One who quarries stones may be injured by them; one who splits logs may be endangered by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:10 - If an iron axhead is blunt and a workman does not sharpen its edge, he must exert a great deal of effort; so wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:11 - If the snake should bite before it is charmed, the snake charmer is in trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - The words of a wise person win him favor, but the words of a fool are self-destructive.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:13 - At the beginning his words are foolish and at the end his talk is wicked madness,
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:14 - yet a fool keeps on babbling. No one knows what will happen; who can tell him what will happen in the future?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:15 - The toil of a stupid fool wears him out, because he does not even know the way to the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:16 - Woe to you, O land, when your king is childish, and your princes feast in the morning!
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:17 - Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time - with self-control and not in drunkenness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:18 - Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of idle hands the house leaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:19 - Feasts are made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:20 - Do not curse a king even in your thoughts, and do not curse the rich while in your bedroom; for a bird might report what you are thinking, or some winged creature might repeat your words.
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