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Ecclesiastes 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 - As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:3 - Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:4 - If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:5 - There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:6 - Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:7 - I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 - Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:10 - If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:11 - If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:13 - At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:14 - and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming— who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:15 - The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:16 - Woe to the land whose king was a servant[fn] and whose princes feast in the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:17 - Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:18 - Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:19 - A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:20 - Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.
NIV Footnotes
Or king is a child

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