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Ecclesiastes 10: Differences
between the wise & the foolish
Comments: This chapter comprises entirely of proverbs
of the sort found in the book named Proverbs, sometimes appearing
singly and at other times in groups of two or three linked by
a common subject]
Small things can spoil, especially a little foolishness
dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
so a little
folly outweighs wisdom and honour.
The wise & the foolish go in opposite directions
heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart
of the fool to the left.
Even out in the street the fool is obvious
as fools walk along the road,
they lack sense
and show everyone
how stupid they are.
If a leader gets angry with you, stay cool and he will calm down
a ruler's anger rises against you,
do not leave
lay great offences to rest.
It is foolish to give authority to fools or those who can't handle
is an evil I have seen under the sun,
the sort of
error that arises from a ruler:
are put in many high positions,
while the rich
occupy the low ones.
have seen slaves on horseback,
go on foot like slaves.
Life can be dangerous [so take care]
digs a pit may fall into it;
through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
quarries stones may be injured by them;
logs may be endangered by them.
If you don't properly prepare what you are working with, expect
the axe is dull
and its edge
more strength is needed,
but skill will
a snake bites before it is charmed,
receives no fee.
Words from the wise & foolish have different effects
from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
but fools are
consumed by their own lips.
the beginning their words are folly;
at the end
they are wicked madness –
and fools multiply
one knows what is coming –
who can tell
someone else what will happen after them?
The Foolish get easily tired or lost
toil of fools wearies them;
they do not
know the way to town.
The origins & qualities of leaders are all important
to the land whose king was a servant
and whose princes
feast in the morning.
is the land whose king is of noble birth
and whose princes
eat at a proper time –
and not for drunkenness.
Laziness means life deteriorates around you
laziness, the rafters sag;
idle hands, the house leaks.
Food, drink & money have the capacity to bless
feast is made for laughter,
and money is
the answer for everything.
Do not speak unwisely about leaders because it could get back
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.
to Ecclesiastes 11