Pristine Grace

Eccl 10:1-20, (KJV)
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.
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?
15  The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
16  Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!
17  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!
18  By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
19  A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
20  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.

Eccl 10:1-20, (MKJV)
1  As dead flies cause the perfumer's ointment to stink and ferment; so a little folly is more rare than wisdom and than honor.
2  A man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
3  Yes also, in the way a fool walks, his heart fails; and he says to all that he is a fool.
4  If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, do not leave your place; for yielding quiets great sinners.
5  There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like a sin which comes from a ruler's presence;
6  foolishness is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
7  I have seen servants on horses and princes walking as servants on the earth.
8  He who digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks a hedge, a snake shall bite him.
9  Whoever removes stones shall be hurt with them. He who splits wood shall be endangered by it.
10  If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then he must put more strength to it . But wisdom is profitable to direct.
11  Surely the snake will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
12  The words of a wise mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow him.
13  The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is wicked madness.
14  A fool also makes many words; a man knows not what they shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
15  The labor of fools wearies him, because he does not know how to go to the city.
16  Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child and your leaders eat in the morning.
17  Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your leaders eat in due time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
18  By slothfulness the building decays; and through lowering of the hands the house leaks.
19  Bread is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but silver answers all things .
20  Do not curse a king, no, not in your thought; and do not curse the rich in your bedroom; for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter.

Eccl 10:1-20, (NASB)
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.
3  Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
4  If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
5  There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler
6  folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.
7  I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.
8  He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.
9  He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.
10  If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
11  If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
12  Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
13  the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.
14  Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
15  The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
16  Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.
17  Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time for strength and not for drunkenness.
18  Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
19  Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
20  Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.

Eccl 10:1-20, (LITV)
1  As dead flies cause the perfumer's ointment to stink and ferment; so a little foolishness is heavier than wisdom and than honor.
2  The heart of the wise is toward his right, but the fool's heart toward his left.
3  And also, in the way in which a stupid one walks, his heart fails, and he says to all that he is a fool.
4  If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, do not leave your place; for composure quiets great offenses.
5  There is an evil I have seen under the sun, sins which come from the face of the ruler:
6  folly is set in many high positions, and many rich men sit in low situations.
7  I have seen slaves on horses, and rulers walking as slaves on the earth.
8  He who digs a pit may fall into it; and one breaking a wall, a snake may bite him.
9  Whoever pulls out stones may be hurt with them; he who splits trees may be endangered by them.
10  If the iron is blunt, and he does not whet the mouths, then he must put more strength to it. But wisdom is an advantage giving success.
11  If the snake will bite without charming, then there is no advantage to a master of tongue.
12  The words of a wise mouth are grace, but the lips of a stupid one swallow him;
13  the beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his mouth is evil madness.
14  Yet the stupid one makes many words; a man knows not what they shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
15  The labor of fools wearies him, because he does not know how to go to the city.
16  Woe to you, O land, when your king is a boy, and your leaders eat in the morning.
17  Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your leaders eat in due time, in strength, and not in drinking.
18  The framework tumbles through laziness; and through lowering of hands, the house leaks.
19  Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life; but silver answers all things.
20  Also, do not curse a king in your thought; and do not curse the rich in your bedrooms; for a bird of the heavens may carry the voice; yea, the lord of wings may tell the matter.

John Gill Commentary

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