King James Version
Wisdom Better Than Folly (continued)
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
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
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
11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a
babbler is no better.
12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the
lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness:
and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what
shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them,
because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy
princes eat in the morning!
17 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!
18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through
idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but
money answereth all things.
20 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
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
John Gill's Exposition of the Bible -