Ecclesiastes Chapter 10
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
This is the text and a scan of the actual, original, first printing of the 1611 King James Version, the 'HE' Bible, for Ecclesiastes Chapter 10. The KJV does not get more original or authentic than this.
View Ecclesiastes Chapter 10 as text-only.
Click to switch to the standard King James Version of Ecclesiastes Chapter 10
Why does it have strange spelling?
1 Obseruations of Wisedome and folly. 16 Of Riot, 18 Slouthfulnesse, 19 and Money. 20 Mens thoughts of Kings ought to bee reuerend.
Dead flies cause the oyntment of the Apothecarie to send foorth a stinking sauour: so doeth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisedome and honour.1
A wise mans heart is at his right hand: but a fooles heart at his left.
Yea also when hee that is a foole walketh by the way, his wisedome faileth him, and hee saith to euery one that he is a foole.3
If the spirit of the ruler rise vp against thee, leaue not thy place; for yeelding pacifieth great offences.
There is an euill which I haue seene vnder the Sunne, as an errour, which proceedeth from the ruler.5
Folly is set in great dignitie; and the rich sit in lowe place.6
I haue seene seruants vpon horses, and princes walking as seruants vpon the earth.7
He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it; and who so breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.8
Who so remoueth stones, shall be hurt therewith: and hee that cleaueth wood, shalbe endangered thereby.
If the yron be blunt, and he doe not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisedome is profitable to direct.
Surely the serpent will bite without inchauntment, and a babbler is no better.11
The words of a wise mans mouth are gratious: but the lips of a foole will swallow vp himselfe.12
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishnesse: and the end of his talke is mischieuous madnesse.13
A foole also is full of words; a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall bee after him who can tell him?14
The labour of the foolish wearyeth euery one of them; because hee knoweth not how to goe to the citie.
¶ Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eate in the morning.16
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the sonne of nobles, and thy princes eate in due season, for strength, and not for drunkennesse.
¶ By much slouthfulnesse the building decayeth; and through idlenesse of the hands the house droppeth through.
¶ A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.19
¶ Curse not the king, no not in thy thought, and curse not the rich in thy bed-chamber: for a bird of the aire shall carry the voyce, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.20
Ecclesiastes Chapter 10 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Hebr. flies of death.
3 Heb. his heart.
5 Heb. from before.
6 Heb. in great heights.
7 Prou. 30. 22.
8 Psal.7.16. prou.26.27
11 Heb. the master of the tongue.
12 Prou.10. 32. and 12. 13. , Heb. grace.
13 Heb. his mouth.
14 Prou. 15. 2. , Heb. multiplieth words. , Chap.3. 21. and 6. 12.
19 Psal.104. 15. , Heb. maketh glad the life.
20 Exod.22. 28. , Or, conscience.
* Some content on this page courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania