10:1 Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.
10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand, but a fool's heart at his left.
10:3 Yes also, when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.
10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, don't leave your place; for gentleness lays great offenses to rest.
10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, the sort of error which proceeds from the ruler.
10:6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.
10:7 I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking like servants on the earth.
10:8 He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
10:9 Whoever carves out stones may be injured by them. Whoever splits wood may be endangered thereby.
10:10 If the axe is blunt, and one doesn't sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.
10:11 If the snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue.
10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.
10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
10:14 A fool also multiplies words. Man doesn't know what will be; and that which will be after him, who can tell him?
10:15 The labor of fools wearies every one of them; for he doesn't know how to go to the city.
10:16 Woe to you, land, when your king is a child, And your princes eat in the morning!
10:17 Happy are you, land, when your king is the son of nobles, And your princes eat in due season, For strength, and not for drunkenness!
10:18 By slothfulness the roof sinks in; And through idleness of the hands the house leaks.
10:19 A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes the life glad; And money is the answer for all things.
10:20 Don't curse the king, no, not in your thoughts; And don't curse the rich in your bedchamber: For a bird of the sky may carry your voice, And that which has wings may tell the matter.
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