10:1¤ Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly.
10:2The heart of a wise man is in his right hand, and the heart of a fool is in his left hand.
10:3Yea, and the fool when he walketh in the way, whereas he himself is a fool, esteemeth all men fools.
10:4If the spirit of him that hath power, ascend upon thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease.
10:5There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were by an error proceeding from the face of the prince:
10:6A fool set in high dignity, and the rich sitting beneath.
10:7I have seen servants upon horses: and princes walking on the ground as servants.
10:8He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
10:9He that removeth stones, shall be hurt by them: and he that cutteth trees, shall be wounded by them.
10:10If the iron be blunt, and be not as before, but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom.
10:11If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly.
10:12The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong.
10:13The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.
10:14A fool multiplieth words. A man cannot tell what hath been before him: and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
10:15The labour of fools shall afflict them that know not how to go to the city.
10:16Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and when the princes eat in the morning.
10:17Blessed is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness.
10:18By slothfulness a building shall be brought down, and through the weakness of hands, the house shall drop through.
10:19For laughter they make bread, and wine that the living may feast: and all things obey money.
10:20Detract not the king, no not in thy thought; and speak not evil of the rich man in thy private chamber: because even the birds of the air will carry thy voice, and he that hath wings will tell what thou hast said.
11:1¤ Cast thy bread upon the running waters: for after a long time thou shalt find it again.
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, they will pour out rain upon the earth. If the tree fall to the south, or to the north, in what place soever it shall fall, there shall it be.
11:4He that observeth the wind, shall not sow: and he that considereth the clouds, shall never reap.
11:5As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones are joined together in the womb of her that is with child: so thou knowest not the works of God, who is the maker of all.
11:6In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening let not thy hand cease: for thou knowest not which may rather spring up, this or that: and if both together, it shall be the better.
11:7The light is sweet, and it is delightful for the eyes to see the sun.
11:8If a man live many years, and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days: which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity.
11:9Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment.
11:10Remove anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain.
12:1¤ Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not:
12:2Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain:
12:3When the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and they that look through the holes shall be darkened:
12:4And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder's voice shall be low, and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf.
12:5And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way, the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about in the street.
12:6Before the silver cord be broken, and the golden fillet shrink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern,
12:7And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.
12:8Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.
12:9And whereas Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and declared the things that he had done: and seeking out, he set forth many parables.
12:10He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.
12:11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters are given from one shepherd.
12:12More than these, my son, require not. Of making many books there is no end: and much study is an affliction of the flesh.
12:13Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man:
12:14And all things that are done, God will bring into judgment for every error, whether it be good or evil.