18 (A)Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but (B)one sinner destroys much good.

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. A wise person’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish (D)person’s heart directs him toward the left. 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. If the ruler’s [d]temper rises against you, (F)do not abandon your place, because (G)composure puts great offenses to rest.

There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like a mistake that proceeds from the ruler: (H)foolishness is set in many exalted places while the rich sit in humble places. I have seen (I)slaves riding (J)on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 10:1 Lit costly
  2. Ecclesiastes 10:3 Lit heart
  3. Ecclesiastes 10:3 Lit says
  4. Ecclesiastes 10:4 Lit spirit