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Ecclesiastes 10:18

    Ecclesiastes 10:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    By much slothfulness the building decays; and through idleness of the hands the house drops through.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When no work is done the roof goes in, and when the hands do nothing water comes into the house.

    Webster's Revision

    By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh.

    World English Bible

    By slothfulness the roof sinks in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:18

    By much slothfulness - This is remarkably the case in some countries. Houses are not repaired till they almost fall about the ears of the inhabitants. We have an adage that applies to all such cases: "A stitch in time saves nine."

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 10:18

    The "building" or "house" represents the state. Compare Isaiah 3:6; Amos 9:10.

    Droppeth through - i. e., Lets the rain through the roof.