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Ecclesiastes 10 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:1 - Dead flies cause a perfumer's perfume To send forth a stink; The precious by reason of wisdom -- By reason of honour -- a little folly!
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:2 - The heart of the wise is at his right hand, And the heart of a fool at his left.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:3 - And also, when he that is a fool Is walking in the way, his heart is lacking, And he hath said to every one, 'He is a fool.'
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:4 - If the spirit of the ruler go up against thee, Thy place leave not, For yielding quieteth great sinners.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:5 - There is an evil I have seen under the sun, As an error that goeth out from the ruler,
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:6 - He hath set the fool in many high places, And the rich in a low place do sit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:7 - I have seen servants on horses, And princes walking as servants on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:8 - Whoso is digging a pit falleth into it, And whoso is breaking a hedge, a serpent biteth him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:9 - Whoso is removing stones is grieved by them, Whoso is cleaving trees endangered by them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:10 - If the iron hath been blunt, And he the face hath not sharpened, Then doth he increase strength, And wisdom is advantageous to make right.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:11 - If the serpent biteth without enchantment, Then there is no advantage to a master of the tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:12 - Words of the mouth of the wise are gracious, And the lips of a fool swallow him up.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:13 - The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, And the latter end of his mouth Is mischievous madness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:14 - And the fool multiplieth words: 'Man knoweth not that which is, And that which is after him, who doth declare to him?'
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:15 - The labour of the foolish wearieth him, In that he hath not known to go unto the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:16 - Wo to thee, O land, when thy king is a youth, And thy princes do eat in the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:17 - Happy art thou, O land, When thy king is a son of freemen, And thy princes do eat in due season, For might, and not for drunkenness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:18 - By slothfulness is the wall brought low, And by idleness of the hands doth the house drop.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:19 - For mirth they are making a feast, And wine maketh life joyful, And the silver answereth with all.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 10:20 - Even in thy mind a king revile not, And in the inner parts of thy bed-chamber Revile not the rich: For a fowl of the heavens causeth the voice to go, And a possessor of wings declareth the word.

The Young's Literal Translation was translated by Robert Young, who believed in a strictly literal translation of God's word. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


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

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