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Ecclesiastes 10:1

Dead flies make gthe perfumer’s ointment give off a stench;

so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

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Ecclesiastes 10:1 — The New International Version (NIV)

As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,

so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

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.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — New Living Translation (NLT)

As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink,

so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment,

And cause it to give off a foul odor;

So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — New Century Version (NCV)

Dead flies can make even perfume stink.

In the same way, a little foolishness can spoil wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink and ferment; so a little folly is weightier than wisdom and honour.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Dead flies will make a bottle of perfume stink, and then it is spoiled. A little foolishness outweighs wisdom ⸤and⸥ honor. 

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil ferment and stink;

so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a foul odor;

so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Dead flies cause a bad smell and ruin the ointment of the perfumer.

So also a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Dead flies give perfume a bad smell.

And a little foolishness can make a lot of wisdom useless.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.


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