The Burden Of Folly

11 Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.

11 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

11 Dead flies make a perfumer's oil ferment and stink; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

11 As dead flies cause the perfumer's ointment to stink, so also does a little foolishness to one's reputation of wisdom and honor.

11 Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to putrefy [and] send forth a vile odor; so does a little folly [in him who is valued for wisdom] outweigh wisdom and honor.

22 A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.

22 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.

22 A wise man's heart [goes] to the right, but a fool's heart to the left.

22 A wise man's heart tends toward his right, but a fool's heart tends toward his left.

22 A wise man's heart turns him toward his right hand, but a fool's heart toward his left.

33 Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.

33 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

33 Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool.

33 Furthermore, the way a fool lives shows he has no sense; he proclaims to everyone that he's a fool.

33 Even when he who is a fool walks along the road, his heart and understanding fail him, and he says of everyone and to everyone that he is a fool.

44 If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.

44 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

44 If the ruler's anger rises against you, don't leave your place, for calmness puts great offenses to rest.

44 If your overseer gets angry at you, don't resign, because calmness pacifies great offenses.

44 If the temper of the ruler rises up against you, do not leave your place [or show a resisting spirit]; for gentleness and calmness prevent or put a stop to great offenses.

The Ironies Of Life

55 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler--

55 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

55 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler:

55 Here's another tragedy that I've observed on earth, a kind of error that comes from an overseer:

55 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, like an error which proceeds from the ruler:

66 folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.

66 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

66 The fool is appointed to great heights, but the rich remain in lowly positions.

66 Foolishness is given great honor, while the prosperous sit in lowly places.

66 Folly is set in great dignity and in high places, and the rich sit in low places.

77 I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

77 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

77 I have seen slaves on horses, but princes walking on the ground like slaves.

77 And I have observed servants riding on horses, while princes walk on the ground like servants.

77 I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking like slaves on the earth.

Accidents Happen'Even To Professionals

88 He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.

88 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

88 The one who digs a pit may fall into it, and the one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

88 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it, and whoever breaks through a wall may suffer a snake bite.

88 He who digs a pit [for others] will fall into it, and whoever breaks through a fence or a [stone] wall, a serpent will bite him.

99 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.

99 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

99 The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them; the one who splits trees may be endangered by them.

99 Someone who quarries stone might be injured; someone splitting logs can fall into danger.

99 Whoever removes [landmark] stones or hews out [new ones with similar intent] will be hurt with them, and he who fells trees will be endangered by them.

Hard Work And Skill Alone Cannot Succeed'Wisdom Is Necessary

1010 If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

1010 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

1010 If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.

1010 If someone's ax is blunt the edge isn't sharpened then more strength will be needed. Putting wisdom to work will bring success.

1010 If the ax is dull and the man does not whet the edge, he must put forth more strength; but wisdom helps him to succeed.

1111 If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.

1111 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

1111 If the snake bites before it is charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer.

1111 If a serpent strikes despite being charmed, there's no point in being a snake charmer.

1111 If the serpent bites before it is charmed, then it is no use to call a charmer [and the slanderer is no better than the uncharmed snake].

The Consequences Of Foolishness

1212 Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

1212 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

1212 The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

1212 The words spoken by the wise are gracious, but the lips of a fool will devour him.

1212 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious and win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

1313 the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.

1313 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

1313 The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness.

1313 He begins his speech with foolishness, and concludes it with evil madness.

1313 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is wicked madness.

1414 Yet the fool multiplies words No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?

1414 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

1414 Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what will happen, and who can tell anyone what will happen after him?

1414 The fool overflows with words, and no one can predict what will happen. As to what will happen after him, who can explain it?

1414 A fool also multiplies words, though no man can tell what will be -- "and what will happen after he is gone, who can tell him?

1515 The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.

1515 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

1515 The struggles of fools weary them, for they don't know how to go to the city.

1515 The work of a fool so wears him out that he can't even find his way to town.

1515 The labor of fools wearies every one of them, because [he is so ignorant of the ordinary matters that] he does not even know how to get to town.

The Value Of Work

1616 Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.

1616 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

1616 Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning.

1616 Woe to the land whose king is a youth and whose princes feast in the morning.

1616 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child or a servant and when your officials feast in the morning!

1717 Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time--for strength and not for drunkenness.

1717 Blessed 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!

1717 Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time- for strength and not for drunkenness.

1717 That land is blessed whose king is of noble birth, whose princes feast at the right time, for strength, and not to become drunk.

1717 Happy (fortunate and to be envied) are you, O land, when your king is a free man and of noble birth and character and when your officials feast at the proper time -- "for strength and not for drunkenness!

1818 Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.

1818 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

1818 Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks.

1818 Through slothfulness the roof deteriorates, and a house leaks because of idleness.

1818 Through indolence the rafters [of state affairs] decay and the roof sinks in, and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.

1919 Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.

1919 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

1919 A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything.

1919 Festivals are for laughter, wine makes life pleasant, and money speaks to everything.

1919 [Instead of repairing the breaches, the officials] make a feast for laughter, serve wine to cheer life, and [depend on tax] money to answer for all of it.

2020 Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.

2020 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.

2020 Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter.

2020 Do not curse the king, even in your thoughts. Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom. For a bird will fly by and tell what you say, or something with wings may talk about it.

2020 Curse not the king, no, not even in your thoughts, and curse not the rich in your bedchamber, for a bird of the air will carry the voice, and a winged creature will tell the matter.



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