THE HOLY BIBLE Darby

Ecclesiastes (Author Solomon)

10:1Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink and ferment; so a little folly is weightier than wisdom and honour.

10:2The heart of a wise man is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.

10:3Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his sense faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

10:4If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for quietness pacifieth great offences.

10:5There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as an error that proceedeth from the ruler:

10:6folly is set in great dignities, but the rich sit in a low place.

10:7I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

10:8He that diggeth a pit falleth into it; and whoso breaketh down a hedge, a serpent biteth him.

10:9Whoso removeth stones is hurt therewith; he that cleaveth wood is endangered thereby.

10:10If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he apply more strength; but wisdom is profitable to give success.

10:11If the serpent bite before enchantment, then the charmer hath no advantage.

10:12The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself.

10:13The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

10:14And the fool multiplieth words: yet man knoweth not what shall be; and what shall be after him, who will tell him?

10:15The labour of fools wearieth them, because they know not how to go to the city.

10:16Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

10:17Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is a son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

10:18By much sloth fulness the framework falleth in; and through idleness of the hands the house drippeth.

10:19A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh life merry; but money answereth everything.

10:20Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for the bird of the air will carry the voice, and that which hath wings will tell the matter.

11:1Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

11:2Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

11:3If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

11:4He that observeth the wind will not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds will not reap.

11:5As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, how the bones grow in the womb of her that is with child, even so thou knowest not the work of God who maketh all.

11:6In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand; for thou knowest not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

11:7Now the light is sweet, and pleasant is it to the eyes to see the sun;

11:8but if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many: all that cometh is vanity.

11:9Rejoice, young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

11:10Then remove discontent from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for childhood and youth are vanity.

12:1And remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, of which thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

12:2before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;

12:3in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows are darkened,

12:4and the doors are shut toward the street; when the sound of the grinding is subdued, and they rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low;

12:5they are also afraid of what is high, and terrors are in the way, and the almond is despised, and the grasshopper is a burden, and the caper-berry is without effect; (for man goeth to his age-long home, and the mourners go about the streets;)

12:6-- before the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be shattered at the fountain, or the wheel be broken at the cistern;

12:7and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it.

12:8Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: all is vanity.

12:9And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

12:10The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; and that which was written is upright, words of truth.

12:11The words of the wise are as goads, and the collections of them as nails fastened in: they are given from one shepherd.

12:12And besides, my son, be warned by them: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

12:13Let us hear the end of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole of man.

12:14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.



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