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Ecclesiastes 10

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.

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

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.



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