New American Standard Bible
A Little Foolishness
10 Dead flies turn a (C)perfumer’s oil rancid, so a little foolishness is more [a]potent than wisdom and honor. 2 A wise person’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish (D)person’s heart directs him toward the left. 3 Even when the fool walks along the road, his [b]sense is lacking, and he [c](E)demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool. 4 If the ruler’s [d]temper rises against you, (F)do not abandon your place, because (G)composure puts great offenses to rest.
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like a mistake that proceeds from the ruler: 6 (H)foolishness is set in many exalted places while the rich sit in humble places. 7 I have seen (I)slaves riding (J)on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.