|1||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.||a little folly|
|2||A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.||heart is at his right hand|
|3||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.|
|4||If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.|
|5||There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as 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 an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.|
|9||Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.|
|10||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.|
|11||Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.|
|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 is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?|
The labour of the
foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to
|16||Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!||eat in the morning|
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!
By much slothfulness
the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house
A feast is made for
laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
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.
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