Thematic Bible

Ecclesiastes 10:1 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:2 (show verse)

A wise man’s heart goes to the right,
but a fool’s heart to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:4 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:5 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:6 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:7 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:8 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:9 (show verse)

The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them;
the one who splits trees may be endangered by them.
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Ecclesiastes 10:10 (show verse)

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.

Ecclesiastes 10:11 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:12 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:13 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:14 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:15 (show verse)

The struggles of fools weary them,
for they don’t know how to go to the city.
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Ecclesiastes 10:16 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:17 (show verse)

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.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:19 (show verse)

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

Ecclesiastes 10:20 (show verse)

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.