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Ecclesiastes 10:1

    Ecclesiastes 10:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking smell: so does a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor;'so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    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.

    Webster's Revision

    Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor;'so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

    World English Bible

    Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honour.

    Definitions for Ecclesiastes 10:1

    Apothecary - One who makes perfumes.
    Doth - To do; to produce; make.
    Savour - A smell; taste; odor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:1

    Dead flies - Any putrefaction spoils perfume; and so a foolish act ruins the character of him who has the reputation of being wise and good. Alas! alas! in an unguarded moment how many have tarnished the reputation which they were many years in acquiring! Hence, no man can be said to be safe, till he is taken to the paradise of God.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 10:1

    This verse is by its meaning so closely connected with Ecclesiastes 9:18 that the selection of it for the beginning of a new chapter seems unfortunate.

    Apothecary - Rather: a dealer in spices and perfumes (compare Exodus 30:25). The swarms of flies in the East very soon corrupt and destroy any moist unguent or mixture left uncovered, and pollute a dish of food in a few minutes.

    So doth ... - literally, more weighty than wisdom, than honor, is a little folly.