King James Version

Ecclesiastes 10

1Dead 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.

A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.

Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.

16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

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

19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

傳道書 10

1死蒼蠅會使芬芳的膏油發臭,
同樣,一點點愚昧足以毀掉智慧和尊榮。
智者的心引導他走正路,
愚人的心帶領他入歧途。[a]
愚人走路時也無知,
並向眾人顯出他的愚昧。
如果當權的人向你大發雷霆,
不要因此就離開崗位,
因為平心靜氣能避免大錯。
我發現日光之下有一件可悲的事,
似乎是掌權者所犯的錯誤:
愚人身居許多高位,
富人卻屈居在下。
我曾看見奴僕騎在馬上,
王子卻像奴僕一樣步行。
挖掘陷阱的,自己必掉在其中;
拆圍牆的,必被蛇咬;
開鑿石頭的,必被砸傷;
劈木頭的,必有危險。
10 斧頭鈍了若不磨利,
用起來必多費力氣,
但智慧能助人成功。
11 弄蛇人行法術之前,
若先被蛇咬,
行法術還有什麼用呢?
12 智者口出恩言,
愚人的話毀滅自己。
13 愚人開口是愚昧,
閉口是邪惡狂妄。
14 愚人高談闊論,
其實無人知道將來的事,
人死後,誰能告訴他世間的事呢?
15 愚人因勞碌而精疲力盡,
連進城的路也認不出來。
16 一國之君若年幼無知,
他的臣宰從早到晚只顧宴樂,
那國就有禍了!
17 一國之君若英明尊貴,
他的臣宰為了強身健體而節制飲食,
不酗酒宴樂,那國就有福了!
18 屋頂因人懶惰而坍塌,
房間因人遊手好閒而漏雨。
19 宴席帶來歡笑,
酒使人開懷,
錢使人萬事亨通。
20 不可咒詛君王,
連這樣的意念都不可有,
也不可在臥室裡咒詛富豪,
因為天空的飛鳥會通風報信,
有翅膀的會把事情四處傳開。

Notas al pie

  1. 10·2 這一節希伯來文是「智者的心在右,愚人的心在左。」