10:1 Dead flies make the oil of the perfumer give out an evil smell; more valued is a little wisdom than the great glory of the foolish.
10:2 The heart of the wise man goes in the right direction; but the heart of a foolish man in the wrong.
10:3 And when the foolish man is walking in the way, he has no sense and lets everyone see that he is foolish.
10:4 If the wrath of the ruler is against you, keep in your place; in him who keeps quiet even great sins may be overlooked.
10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, like an error which comes by chance from a ruler:
10:6 The foolish are placed in high positions, but men of wealth are kept low.
10:7 I have seen servants on horses, and rulers walking on the earth as servants.
10:8 He who makes a hole for others will himself go into it, and for him who makes a hole through a wall the bite of a snake will be a punishment.
10:9 He who gets out stones from the earth will be damaged by them, and in the cutting of wood there is danger.
10:10 If the iron has no edge, and he does not make it sharp, then he has to put out more strength; but wisdom makes things go well.
10:11 If a snake gives a bite before the word of power is said, then there is no longer any use in the word of power.
10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are sweet to all, but the lips of a foolish man are his destruction.
10:13 The first words of his mouth are foolish, and the end of his talk is evil crime.
10:14 The foolish are full of words; man has no knowledge of what will be; and who is able to say what will be after him?
10:15 The work of the foolish will be a weariness to him, because he has no knowledge of the way to the town.
10:16 Unhappy is the land whose king is a boy, and whose rulers are feasting in the morning.
10:17 Happy is the land whose ruler is of noble birth, and whose chiefs take food at the right time, for strength and not for feasting.
10:18 When no work is done the roof goes in, and when the hands do nothing water comes into the house.
10:19 A feast is for laughing, and wine makes glad the heart; but by the one and the other money is wasted.
10:20 Say not a curse against the king, even in your thoughts; and even secretly say not a curse against the man of wealth; because a bird of the air will take the voice, and that which has wings will give news of it.