Ecclesiastes 10

  1 H4194 Dead H2070 flies H8081 cause the ointment H7543 of the apothecary [H8802]   H5042 to send forth [H8686]   H887 a stinking savour [H8686]   H4592 : so doth a little H5531 folly H3368 him that is in reputation H2451 for wisdom H3519 and honour.
  2 H2450 A wise man's H3820 heart H3225 is at his right hand H3684 ; but a fool's H3820 heart H8040 at his left.
  3 H5530 Yea also, when he that is a fool H1980 walketh [H8802]   H1870 by the way H3820 , his wisdom H2638 faileth H559 him, and he saith [H8804]   H5530 to every one that he is a fool.
  4 H7307 If the spirit H4910 of the ruler [H8802]   H5927 rise up [H8799]   H3240 against thee, leave [H8686]   H4725 not thy place H4832 ; for yielding H3240 pacifieth [H8686]   H1419 great H2399 offences.
  5 H3426 There is H7451 an evil H7200 which I have seen [H8804]   H8121 under the sun H7684 , as an error H3318 which proceedeth [H8802]   H6440 from H7989 the ruler:
  6 H5529 Folly H5414 is set [H8738]   H7227 in great H4791 dignity H6223 , and the rich H3427 sit [H8799]   H8216 in low place.
  7 H7200 I have seen [H8804]   H5650 servants H5483 upon horses H8269 , and princes H1980 walking [H8802]   H5650 as servants H776 upon the earth.
  8 H2658 He that diggeth [H8802]   H1475 a pit H5307 shall fall [H8799]   H6555 into it; and whoso breaketh [H8802]   H1447 an hedge H5175 , a serpent H5391 shall bite [H8799]   him.
  9 H5265 Whoso removeth [H8688]   H68 stones H6087 shall be hurt [H8735]   H1234 therewith; and he that cleaveth [H8802]   H6086 wood H5533 shall be endangered [H8735]   thereby.
  10 H1270 If the iron H6949 be blunt [H8765]   H7043 , and he do not whet [H8773]   H6440 the edge H1396 , then must he put [H8762]   H2428 to more strength H2451 : but wisdom H3504 is profitable H3787 to direct [H8687]  .
  11 H5175 Surely the serpent H5391 will bite [H8799]   H3908 without enchantment H3956 ; and a babbler H1167   H3504 is no better.
  12 H1697 The words H2450 of a wise man's H6310 mouth H2580 are gracious H8193 ; but the lips H3684 of a fool H1104 will swallow up [H8762]   himself.
  13 H8462 The beginning H1697 of the words H6310 of his mouth H5531 is foolishness H319 : and the end H6310 of his talk H7451 is mischievous H1948 madness.
  14 H5530 A fool H7235 also is full [H8686]   H1697 of words H120 : a man H3045 cannot tell [H8799]   H310 what shall be; and what shall be after H5046 him, who can tell [H8686]   him?
  15 H5999 The labour H3684 of the foolish H3021 wearieth [H8762]   H3045 every one of them, because he knoweth [H8804]   H3212 not how to go [H8800]   H5892 to the city.
  16 H337 Woe H776 to thee, O land H4428 , when thy king H5288 is a child H8269 , and thy princes H398 eat [H8799]   H1242 in the morning!
  17 H835 Blessed H776 art thou, O land H4428 , when thy king H1121 is the son H2715 of nobles H8269 , and thy princes H398 eat [H8799]   H6256 in due season H1369 , for strength H8358 , and not for drunkenness!
  18 H6103 By much slothfulness H4746 the building H4355 decayeth [H8735]   H8220 ; and through idleness H3027 of the hands H1004 the house H1811 droppeth through [H8799]  .
  19 H3899 A feast H6213 is made [H8802]   H7814 for laughter H3196 , and wine H8055 maketh merry [H8762]   H2416   H3701 : but money H6030 answereth [H8799]   all things .
  20 H7043 Curse [H8762]   H4428 not the king H4093 , no not in thy thought H7043 ; and curse [H8762]   H6223 not the rich H2315 in thy bedchamber H4904   H5775 : for a bird H8064 of the air H3212 shall carry [H8686]   H6963 the voice H1167 , and that which hath H3671 wings H5046 shall tell [H8686]   H1697 the matter.
ERV(i) 1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a stinking savour: [so ]doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honour. 2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. 3 Yea also, when the fool walketh by the way, his understanding faileth him, and he saith to every one [that ]he is a fool. 4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding allayeth great offences. 5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as it were an error which proceedeth from the ruler: 6 folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. 7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. 8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a fence, a serpent shall bite him. 9 Whoso heweth out stones shall be hurt therewith; [and ]he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby. 10 If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. 11 If the serpent bite before it be charmed, then is there no advantage in the charmer. 12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14 A fool also multiplieth words: [yet ]man knoweth not what shall be; and that which shall be after him, who can tell him? 15 The labour of fools wearieth every one of them, for he knoweth not how to go to the city. 16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 17 Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! 18 By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life: and money answereth all things. 20 Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.