"For my yoke [is] I will give you rest.” "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek Man demonstrates wisdom The Teacher opens with the exclamation, “Vanity of vanities . tell him?". That’s exactly what happens when foolishness enters into a man who’s known for his wisdom and honor. draws together assorted examples of the wisdom he has both scrutinized and This is saying that the king is a son of people of noble character. I truly believe to have a happy life, mankind must work. Why is strong drink not for kings and princes? Matthew 11:28-30: "Come unto me, all [ye] that labor and are heavy laden, and Wisdom helps us find better ways of doing things. 18 By much slothfulness [extreme laziness] the building decayeth [roof-breams sink/rafters sag]; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through [house drips/roof leaks]. So, what is it?…. Because you never know how that curse might be conveyed to the very one that you’re cursing. It is also, a disappointment to expect wise sayings to Ecclesiastes 10:6 "Folly is set in great "By the words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:37). Careless words have a way of being discovered by those in authority. no one except God truly knows the future. touted. living. But it won’t. This chapter actually concludes the part of Ecclesiastes which is the most difficult to understand and interpret. hand of the diligent maketh rich. 9. Ecclesiastes 10:8 "He that diggeth a pit shall the efforts of life. More miscellany observations, ver. 13. As we enter this Ecclesiastes 8 summary article, we remember that chapter 7 ended with considering our need of wisdom in dealing with the unjust. . foolishness. who should not have been, and there were others who should have been honored, someone might hear, and tell him. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever smelled the smell of dead flies. Required fields are marked *. Folly in this verse, means silliness, or foolishness. Their hearts are filled with mischief, and that mischief When they were expecting to smell the sweet odor of The 14. And then think about dead flies. mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The lips of a fool consume him. Its lovely smell becomesa very bad smell. Bible summary by chapter Monday, 14 March 2011. horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. As aresult, all the wise a… inept reign by raising taxes. It is a great and far-reaching evil when leaders make bad judgments. 7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. None of those reasons are correct for choosing a leader. Thou shalt not speak evil of the _________ of thy So then, I think what we have in verse 19 is a quotation from foolish rulers. And on and on. The book of Ecclesiastes contains Proverbs, maxims, sayings, and is largely an autobiographical story. })(); Ecclesiastes "10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment 12. Does digging a pit always eventuate in falling into it? tell him? No upcoming events. The answer is no one can tell him. Solomon says in this, that "Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 10. your head. Let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth 2. If a fool can’t find a town, how could he possible locate God? This is just saying, be wise and do not answer back to the ruler. Or you could be wise about it and sharpen the axe. Ecclesiastes 10:12 "The words of a wise man's It’s as if he’s literally telling people that he’s a fool – by the way he conducts himself. The babbler here, is But the speech of a fool destroys himself. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. THE PREACHER'S SEARCH FOR MEANING (2:1-10) A. A fool talks loud, and says things he has not considered. Ecclesiastes 10 (in 140 characters or less) A little folly spoils wisdom. Ecclesiastes 10:4 "If the spirit of the ruler (1-3) Respecting subjects and rulers. ", Proverbs 12:24 "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful Don't Miss Out! It’s like when both evil and good men die with no distinction. 335,387 hits ; Email Subscription. 9 Whoso removeth [quaries] stones shall [or, may] be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood [splits logs] shall [or, may] be endangered thereby. that is in reputation for wisdom [and] honor.". If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences. Lesson 12: Chapter 10:1 – 11:8 – Wisdom and diligence Lesson 13: Chapter 11:9 – 12 – The conclusion of the whole matter Permission is granted to copy this material as long as it is not sold and the content is not altered. In Hebrew, sometimes verbs can be either indicative in English or modal. One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. are speaking of those who sleep late. start drinking. 2 A wise man’s heart [source of direction/guidance] is at his right hand [leads him to the right – a place of protection]; but a fool’s heart at his [leads him to the] left [no such protection, he’s vulnerable]. Just Ecclesiastes 10:12 "The words of a wise man's offences.". We will take note here, that Ecclesiastes 10:20 "Curse not the king, no not Everything in the world, in and of itself, is … Now, verses 18 and 19 seem to be unrelated to what we’ve just been talking about – the curse of self-indulgent rulers. We’d expect that good men will live forever – or at least a long time – and that evil men would die early. strength, and not for drunkenness!". [that] he [is] a fool.". 12 [And speaking of the tongue…] The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. to Top. shall be under tribute. And yet, whether your authority is wise or foolish, the Preacher will recommend in verse 20 that you speak well of him…. It’s a possibility. But, getting beyond grammar, here’s the point of the Preacher. that old serpent, the devil. ", Ecclesiastes 10:17 "Blessed [art] thou, O land, Ecclesiastes 10:9 "Whoso removeth stones shall And the Preacher says that this kind of reversal of the way things ought to be is evil. in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.". ECCLESIASTES: CHAPTER SUMMARY Ch.1- Solomon looked back over all the wealth he had, his accomplishments, and his possessions. that is a mistake. Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary Summary Meaning Explained. (4-10) Of foolish talk. profitable to direct.". And the Preacher finishes the contrast between the speech of the wise and the fool in verse 15…. His speech is full of Just as one would throw know not what [shall be] on the morrow. Perhaps, the person is a relative, friend, or someone he owes It’s potential. No. But I think you’ll see that they contribute to what we’ve just been told…. The more he talks, the worse it gets. The Book of Ecclesiastes, written roughly around 935 BC, comes from the Hebrew word “Qoheleth” (Koheleth) which means “preacher.” The Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, has the word Ecclesiastes as coming from “assembly.” The Book of Ecclesiastes is part of the wisdom literature of the Bible and written by King Solomon and it’s almost like an autobiography of his own life and includes all of the frustrations of life… A Proverb for ignorance and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." So, foolishness is in many positions of authority. very important conclusion for Solomon’s testing of wisdom. and who knoweth the interpretation [solution] of a thing [matter]? They are spending their time laughing and drinking. This talk of this foolish person is The fool is characterized by incompetent behavior. Foolish words yield unfavorable outcomes. Without money, you cannot pay the Ecclesiastes 10:8 "He that diggeth a pit shall through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.". All is vanity” (1:2). So, this verse can be sort of confusing. Ecclesiastes 10:15 "The labor of the foolish who were working as servants. 17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles [and therefore prepared for the job], and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness [They’re self-controlled]! Flies may fall into sweet oil that iscalled ‘perfume’. his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.". disappointment this is. come. OUTLINE I. perfume, they smelled what? In this, the shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.". A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left. honorable. That would be wise and by that wisdom you would gain some profit and benefit. The princes that eat in the morning 22. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Why is it woe for a child to be king? Ecclesiastes 10:20 "Curse not the king, no not speaking of those who are living on the earth. Working with large stones can be dangerous, if they roll back on you. Even if you curse him in privacy, Ecclesiastes 10:19 "A feast is made for not get up early to drink, but to eat for strength. When fools are exalted and wise men are humiliated – this is an evil error in the Preacher’s mind. fall into it; and whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.". Wisdom helps in practical at his right hand … at his left. Verse 1 This verse continues the thought that is in Ecclesiastes9:18. For what [is] your life? 5 ¶ There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler [ruler’s make]: So, whatever is to come is viewed by the Preacher as evil. 25. in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air But just let a little foolishness enter him and be displayed by him – and all of a sudden, what he was renowned for is ruined. strange ironies and is not, in this world, always fair. 8 He that diggeth a pit shall [or may] fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge [a wall], a serpent shall [or, may] bite him. Your desires and values and such lead the path you take in life. Sometimes, a ruler will choose a foolish person for very high office, and The princes "eating in the morning" could have to do with rising early to What was Solomon really saying in this? Some sort of didact perhaps? If Ecclesiastes 10:18 pictures the fall of a nation, the following lines give the reason for fall - leaders who are foolish, selfish, and concerned only for their own pleasure and good. Ecclesiastes 10:5 "There is an evil [which] I mankind. 10 If the iron [axe head] be blunt, and he do not whet [sharpen] the edge, then must he put to [exert] more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct [give success]. Chapter Overview: Observations on wisdom and folly, ver. Ecclesiastes 10:3 "Yea also, when he that is a [13] Of all the dangers that confront us, that of unwise speech is perhaps the greatest. And it has something to do with rulers. 23. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. when thy king [is] the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for ", Ecclesiastes 10:14 "A fool also is full of easy, and my burden is light.". [Or so the wrong kind of ruler thinks]. hand is more skillful than the left. In the same way, a foolish little act can spoil things. ", Ecclesiastes 10:18 "By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and This is a He’s rich in this case because he’s not a fool and he’s living wisely and such. The babbler of this kind is just as dangerous as the serpent. In verse 17, the princes eat for what? that is in reputation for wisdom [and] honor. (function() { Who can tell you what shall be after you? If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences. "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Chapter Ten OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To compare the harm of folly and the value of wisdom 2) To see the impact of folly on one's reputation, the government, and in business SUMMARY The Preacher continues to share wisdom that can help endure the many vanities in life. What is the explanation of this? Acts 23:5 "Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he A person lacking wisdom will manifest that in daily conduct. And this is consistent with his outlook on situations where the thing that should happen – the thing that everyone would expect – doesn’t happen. 24. dignity, and the rich sit in low place. Now, in verses 4 through 7 the Preacher moves from considering wise men and fools to considering rulers…. The left hand speaks of his earthly nature. This what they are inside. |  When a fool stays at ___________, no one realizes his The wood Ecclesiastes 10:10 "If the iron be blunt, and he He tested mirth and pleasure, and found them to be vanity 2. then, you will be in trouble. horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.". Wise living usually produces a good outcome. 11 Surely [If] the serpent will bite without [before] enchantment; and a babbler [then the master of the tongue – snake charmer] is no better [has no profit]. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); It is so strange, that The right side of the body has always symbolized the spiritual side of What happens to a building that is neglected? He who digs a pit will fall into it: Solomon listed several examples of those who did wrong or foolish things and then suffered because of it.i. If you back down and yet remain in the presence of this person, even if you really offended and angered the man, your staying and yielding will pacify him. We can apply the attitude reflected in Ecclesiastes 9:10 to our present service for God, and do it with your might. Now, I don’t think this is condemning eating breakfast. His tongue is used to build people up, instead of to tear them down. and a babbler is no better.". 17. The foolish pretends he knows the way to the city, when in fact, he does not. James 4:13-14 "Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such And context is probably the most helpful in determining how to translate the verb. To cut with a dull ax, or Life presents some Ecclesiastes Spoken by ‘Qoheleth’, which means something like ‘assembler’. Hebrew can leave a little more uncertainty as to whether a verb ought to be indicative (“shall”) or what grammarians call “modal” (“may” or “might”). So, if your axe head is blunt then you’ll need to exert more strength to cut down a tree or split wood. It’s the same issue here. He says it's pretty obvious that it's better to be dead than to be alive. foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.". and thy princes eat in the morning!". In fact, they’re some activities that display man at his strongest and best. Your email address will not be published. Luke 12:2-3 "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can And reality will hit hard for them and their country someday. In the days of the kings, this could cost you This leads Ecclesiastes to one of his darkest statements yet. KJV Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary [perfume] to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for [is weightier than] wisdom and honour. Ecclesiastes 10:9 "Whoso removeth stones shall around the faithful. So, in chapters 10 and 11 of this book, the Preacher is going to give us wise counsel on wisdom and folly, rulers, the unpredictability of life, speech, business, and your perspective on life. And in verse 7, seeing servants where princes ought to be and vice versa is seen as an evil error. It’s kind of a humorous picture – a guy walking around telling everyone that he’s a fool. out an entire bottle of perfume because of a dead fly in it, so people often "Fool", in this verse means a dense, confused thinker. not lead his people properly. Book Summary: Ecclesiastes shows us the folly of man’s wisdom, it leads to vanity and meaninglessness, the only wisdom that has value is the wisdom from God, the living truth abiding in us, Jesus Christ. And as long as the Preacher is talking about rulers, he’ll continue in verses 5 and 6 on the same theme. Fools wreck everything with their follies—just like a couple flies can ruin a nice pot of ointment. with regard to the most ordinary matters, which extends even to spiritual Ecclesiastes hands out more verbal beat-downs—this time to fools. ◄ Ecclesiastes 10:10 ► If the axe is dull and the blade unsharpened, more strength must be exerted, but skill produces success. come from someone's mouth, and instead, they speak foolishness. Go to Previous Section He destroys others offences. vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. king has acted foolishly. The narrator of Ecclesiastes is a nameless person who calls himself a “Teacher,” and identifies himself as the current king of Israel and a son of King David. important that he stays sober, and provides for his people. They think money will solve all their problems. Delitzsch rendered this verse: "The words of the wise are heart-winning, and those of the fool self-destructive." 15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. You’re going to listen to him advise you on what’s to come after you in the future? when thy king [is] the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for What does folly in verse 1 mean? WHEN A FOOL IS APPOINTED TO A LEADERSHIP POSITION . But that’s not the way it works in this sin-cursed world. Psalm 7:15-16 "He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch have seen under the sun, as an error [which] proceedeth from the ruler:". I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. It only takes a little foolishness. Does breaking through a wall ALWAYS eventuate in a snake biting you? If he does not know the way to the city, he definitely does not know what is to Ecclesiastes 10:2 "A wise man's heart [is] at Where did Jesus say to come in Matthew 11:28-29. office. So then, unpredictability in life sometimes overcomes wisdom and nullifies its benefits. To verb qahal usually means to assemble people together, however. But verbs in Hebrew are a little different than in English. And sometimes in Scripture a nation is described as a house – the “house of Jacob” represents Israel, for example. dealing shall come down upon his own pate.". of thy people.". The hedge mentioned above, is possibly, speaking of the hedge the Lord puts 26. 16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 6 Folly is set in great dignity [many exalted places/many positions of authority], and the rich sit in low place [humble places/lowly positions]. So, what’s the relation between dead flies in perfume and folly in a wise man? 15 - 20. 7. Sometimes those who shouldn’t be ruling are. Someone will tell what you have said, and rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great He doesn’t even know how to get to the city to work! And the princes that attend that king “eat in the morning”. But this time he wants to tell us about wisdom and folly – again – but specifically as it applies to rulers…. ", Ecclesiastes 10:15 "The labor of the foolish Sometimes those rulers who should be ruling aren’t. separates violently, sometimes, and can hit those standing there. Ecclesiastes 10:16 "Woe to thee, O land, when thy king [is] a child, 8 - 11. a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:" "Whereas ye dead, has a bad odor. cut more easily. You can be as skilled as a snake charmer – but ultimately if that snake bites before being charmed – which is something you have no control over – there’s no benefit to your wisdom. Ecclesiastes is one of the Wisdom Books of Hebrew Scripture, along with Psalms, Job, ... CHAPTER 10 Man Does Not Know What is to Come. On this earth, there is need for money. When a fool is appointed to a leadership position. It So, in both cases our attention is brought to the roof of the house. What is the babbler speaking of in verse 11? So I think it’s better to think of these verbs translated as “shall” in the KJV to express potential actions using “may”. Ecclesiastes 10:2 "A wise man's heart [is] at comes out in their speech. realities. They do And it’s not difficult to spot a fool, is it? Check out this Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary! money is sin. This is saying, the serpent bites without provocation. And in this case, what is the context? To work and make enough money to provide for your family is Chapter Contents. And then verse 19 I think is the way that these rulers tend to think and then express what’s on their mind…, 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. So, in chapter 10 verses 1 through 3, the Preacher begins by contrasting wisdom and folly… Jesus says it best in the following Scriptures. And yet, flies are so small. He makes errors too, as he is 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. follow strong drink; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them! His reputation may be impeccable. No. So, in chapters 10 and 11 of this book, the Preacher is going to give us wise counsel on wisdom and folly, rulers, the unpredictability of life, speech, business, and your perspective on life. When the related … Ecclesiastes 10:7 "I have seen servants upon It smells good. Miscellany observations, ver. (In verses 1-20), Solomon “Man was not created to be idle, he was not elected to be idle, he was not redeemed to be idle, he was not quickened to be idle, and he is not sanctified by God’s grace to be idle.” (Spurgeon) 3. A wise man will let his of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: [so doth] a little folly him This is likely an analogy for the kingdom of a lazy monarch. Ecclesiastes 10:10 "If the iron be blunt, and he A wise man's heart is at his _________ hand. A SUMMARY OF HIS SEARCH (1-2) 1. And what happens for us as interpreters is that we need to make a decision between one or the other possibilities. Follow Us And Keep Updated On All SIH Postings ... As The Lord Wills...Upcoming Series On SIH Blog. But this time – at least to start with – he contrasts the woe that foolish rulers brings to a land… with the blessing of wise rulers…. wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.". So, don’t get terrified and lose your cool, but rather yield to him! God will bring you into judgment 2. Ecclesiastes 10:14 "A fool also is full of But it doesn’t always happen. So, the speech of the wise is gracious and by it he receives favor from others. dignity, and the rich sit in low place.". Why would a king choose a foolish person for high What a disappointment. There are powerful forces in this world, but even the greatest people are really very weak. This is speaking of kings, who have neglected their Assembler of proverbs? with his speech, and in turn destroys himself. That’s the point of verse 10. This … When a person expected sweet odor of perfume, they smelled dead flies. rent, or the utilities. To ride on a horse in the manner spoken of here, is speaking of the person neither hid, that shall not be known." shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.  |  Go to Next Section, Return to KJV Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? iii. And here, a physical literal house is brought to our minds. email us at: a person with confused thoughts, talks continuously. But considering the dangers of foolishness, it really is tragic. What does "under the sun" indicate? 4. The idea here is that the king is childish or naïve or unprepared for his duties and is therefore irresponsible. is worse. 2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. But unfortunately, life with its unpredictability sometimes nullifies the benefits of wisdom. It is also wrong to curse the rich. wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.". Now, the Preacher talks more about wisdom… External Marks of a Wise Man. So, just don’t do it, for your own good. It also helps in the spiritual life of man. It is doubly Rather, if you contrast this statement with the one in the verse to follow, you see that eating in the morning is associated with gluttony and overindulgence and a lack of self-control. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”— Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.”—Ecclesiastes … Futility Of Life Without God. So, be so careful to not curse your king with your mouth, that you don’t even do it in your mind. Isaiah 5:11 "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter by Chapter Summary. "Slothfulness" is speaking of laziness. Solomon wrote it late in his life, approximately 935 B.C. 3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith [by demonstration] to every one that he is a fool. Even though he had everything, he was still unfulfilled and dissatisfied. fall into it; and whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him. A child is not trained. We remember that this is Who can tell you what the future holds? So, a fool cannot hide his nature. The position of king bears with it a great responsibility to rule the people On the other hand…. Proverbs 15:2 "The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth The flies utterly ruin the perfume! And this is what we ran into last lesson where I was asked why I interpreted the verb “delivered” in chapter 9 as “could have delivered”. Someone quarrying stones and being hurt in the process. I have seen servants upon ___________. He found laughter to be madness, and mirth to accomplish little B. “No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.” (Spurgeon) iii. A summary of Ecclesiastes, chapter by chapter, from @biblesummary. Here is one more Scripture on the matter. knife, would take much more power, than if it were sharpened. office? Ecclesiastes chapter 10. to Home Page  |  Return It MAY happen. What is "eating in the morning" speaking of? Splitting wood can also be very dangerous, to the one who is splitting. in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air That’s what verse 3 tells us…. MIRACLES & WONDERS IN BIBLE. The leader must set an example for others to follow. 1. It is very easy to ruin good things. There’s no doubt that the heart leads the body. So, first of all, regarding rulers and those in authority, don’t lose your cool if a ruler’s spirit or temper rises against you. 11. “Right … left”: This proverb is based on the fact that, commonly, the right way. 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. What Solomon could be saying, is there were people being honored, VERSE 2. For the hedge to be removed, would bring an attack from be hurt therewith; [and] he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. But when he And it won’t be good for anyone. That’s because the speech of a fool goes from bad to worse…. Lesson 10: Chapter 8:2 – 17 – The king and death Lesson 11: Chapter 9 – Do it with your might! On rulers, ver. Proverbs 10:4 "He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. So, it’s bad for a land to have foolish and self-indulgent rulers. quietly accept what he says, and it will pass over. It is wonderful to be loved and wanted, but it is much more wonderful to be needed. 4 - 7. was the High Priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler Ecclesiastes "10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment Ecclesiastes 10:11 "Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; Check out this Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary! That’s why it exists. The love of So, verse 18 I think is another instance of the great detriment that foolish rulers bring upon their country. A king that was drunk could It is even worse for them to be lazy. Digging pits, breaking down walls, quarrying stones, and chopping down trees – all of these things take a lot of effort. Even though life’s experiences often don’t turn out the way 5. He who digs a pit will fall into it,And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.He who quarries stones may be hurt by them,And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.If the ax is dull,And one does not sharpen the edge,Then he must use more strength;But wisdom brings success.a. Paperback / Kindle. Ecclesiastes: Chapter 10 Verses 19. So, in chapter 10 verses 1 through 3, the Preacher begins by contrasting wisdom and folly…. Ecclesiastes 10:3 "Yea also, when he that is a When the fool stays at home, no one realizes his foolishness. What a How could something so small invade something that smells so good and exists solely to smell good and turn it into something that smells awful? (16-20) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 10:1-3) Those especially who make a profession of religion, should keep from all appearances of evil. And in this section he’s contrasting the speech of the wise with the speech of fools. 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