Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

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

International Standard Version

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

A Conservative Version

Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor, [so] a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

American Standard Version

Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor;'so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

Amplified

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.

Bible in Basic English

Dead flies make the oil of the perfumer give out an evil smell; more valued is a little wisdom than the great glory of the foolish.

Darby Translation

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink and ferment; so a little folly is weightier than wisdom and honour.

Julia Smith Translation

Flies of death will cause the oil of the perfume to stink, it will ferment: the preciousness of wisdom above the honor of the least folly.

King James 2000

Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a foul odor: so does a little folly to him that is respected for wisdom and honor.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Dead flies cause a bad smell [and] ruin the ointment of the perfumer. So also a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Modern King James verseion

As dead flies cause the perfumer's ointment to stink and ferment; so a little folly is more rare than wisdom and than honor.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Dead flies corrupt sweet ointment and make it to stink. Even so, oft times, he that hath been had in estimation for wisdom and honour is abhorred because of a little foolishness.

NET Bible

One dead fly makes the perfumer's ointment give off a rancid stench, so a little folly can outweigh much wisdom.

New Heart English Bible

Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

The Emphasized Bible

Dead flies, cause to stink and ferment, the oil of the perfumer, - More costly than wisdom or honour, is a little folly.

Webster

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth an offensive odor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.

World English Bible

Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

Youngs Literal Translation

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!

Topics

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
מות 
Maveth 
Usage: 156

זבוּב 
Z@buwb 
fly
Usage: 2

שׁמן 
Shemen 
Usage: 193

of the apothecary
רקח 
Raqach 
Usage: 8

to send forth
נבע 
Naba` 
Usage: 11

בּאשׁ 
Ba'ash 
Usage: 17

so doth a little
מעט מעט 
M@`at 
Usage: 101

שׂכלוּת סכלוּת 
Cikluwth 
Usage: 7

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

References

Morish

Fly

Smith

Watsons

Verse Info

Context Readings

The Burden Of Folly

1 Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. 2 A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.



Cross References

Exodus 30:25

"You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.

Exodus 30:34-35

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each.

2 Chronicles 19:2

Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and so bring wrath on yourself from the LORD?

Nehemiah 6:13

He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me.

Nehemiah 13:26

"Did not Solomon king of Israel sin regarding these things? Yet among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless the foreign women caused even him to sin.

Matthew 5:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

Galatians 2:12-14

For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.

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