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10 Dead 1flies 2putrefy 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.

2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand,

But a fool’s heart at his left.

3 Even when a fool walks along the way,

He lacks wisdom,

aAnd he shows everyone that he is a fool.

4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you,

bDo not leave your post;

For cconciliation 3pacifies great offenses.

5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun,

As an error proceeding from the ruler:

6 dFolly is set in 4great dignity,

While the rich sit in a lowly place.

7 I have seen servants eon horses,

While princes walk on the ground like servants.

8 fHe who digs a pit will fall into it,

And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.

9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them,

And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.

10 If the ax is dull,

And one does not sharpen the edge,

Then he must use more strength;

But wisdom 5brings success.

11 A serpent may bite gwhen it is not charmed;

The 6babbler is no different.

12 hThe words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious,

But ithe lips of a fool shall swallow him up;

13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness,

And the end of his talk is raving madness.

14 jA fool also multiplies words.

No man knows what is to be;

Who can tell him kwhat will be after him?

15 The labor of fools wearies them,

For they do not even know how to go to the city!

16 lWoe to you, O land, when your king is a child,

And your princes feast in the morning!

17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles,

And your mprinces feast at the proper time—

For strength and not for drunkenness!

18 Because of laziness the 7building decays,

And nthrough idleness of hands the house leaks.

19 A feast is made for laughter,

And owine makes merry;

But money answers everything.

20 pDo not curse the king, even in your thought;

Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom;

For a bird of the air may carry your voice,

And a bird in flight may tell the matter.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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