The King James Version Bible

Ecclesiastes 10:1-11

  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.