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.
Heb. Flies of death. the ointment
A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
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.
Heb. heart. and he.
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:
Heb. from before.
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
Heb. heights. the rich.
I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
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.
15 9:15-17 Genesis 41:33-39 Exodus 18:19-23 1 Kings 3:9 1 Chronicles 12:32 2 Chronicles 23:4-11 Matthew 10:16 Acts 6:1-9 15:2-21 Romans 16:19 1 Corinthians 14:20 Ephesians 5:15-17 Colossians 4:5 James 1:5
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Heb. the master of the tongue.
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Heb. grace. but.
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Judges 14:15 1 Samuel 20:26-33 22:7,8,16-18 25:10,11 2 Samuel 19:41-43 2 Samuel 20:1 2 Kings 6:27,31 Proverbs 29:9 Matthew 2:7,8,16 Luke 6:2,11 Luke 11:38,53,54 John 12:10 Acts 5:28-33 6:9-11 7:54-59 19:24-28
A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
is full of words
Heb. multiplieth words.
The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
Heb. maketh glad the life. but. Money which would have answered every good purpose, and served for every emergency, is too often spent in feastings and revellings.
Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.