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Passage Lookup: Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20


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Ecclesiastes 9:13
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I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:
Ecclesiastes 9:14
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There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.
Ecclesiastes 9:15
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Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.
Ecclesiastes 9:16
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So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
Ecclesiastes 9:17
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The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Ecclesiastes 9:18
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Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Ecclesiastes 10:1
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As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Ecclesiastes 10:2
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The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
Ecclesiastes 10:3
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Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.
Ecclesiastes 10:4
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If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Ecclesiastes 10:5
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There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
Ecclesiastes 10:6
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Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.
Ecclesiastes 10:7
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I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
Ecclesiastes 10:8
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Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
Ecclesiastes 10:9
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Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
Ecclesiastes 10:10
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If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
Ecclesiastes 10:11
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If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee.
Ecclesiastes 10:12
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Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.
Ecclesiastes 10:13
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At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—
Ecclesiastes 10:14
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and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming— who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
Ecclesiastes 10:15
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The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town.
Ecclesiastes 10:16
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Woe to the land whose king was a servant[1] and whose princes feast in the morning.
Ecclesiastes 10:17
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Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness.
Ecclesiastes 10:18
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Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.
Ecclesiastes 10:19
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A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
Ecclesiastes 10:20
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Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.
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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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