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Ecclesiastes 10 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 - Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off an evil odor; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:2 - A wise man's heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool's heart toward the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:3 - Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to every one that he is a fool.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:4 - If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for deference will make amends for great offenses.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:5 - There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:6 - folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:7 - I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on foot like slaves.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 - He who digs a pit will fall into it; and a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - He who quarries stones is hurt by them; and he who splits logs is endangered by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:10 - If the iron is blunt, and one does not whet the edge, he must put forth more strength; but wisdom helps one to succeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:11 - If the serpent bites before it is charmed, there is no advantage in a charmer.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:13 - The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is wicked madness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:14 - A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:15 - The toil of a fool wearies him, so that he does not know the way to the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:16 - Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:17 - Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of free men, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:18 - Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:19 - Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:20 - Even in your thought, do not curse the king, nor in your bedchamber curse the rich; for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter.

Downloaded from the Oxford Text Archive and used with permission. The following header is required to be posted:

Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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