Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20 (ESV)  I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me.  [14]  There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it.  [15]  But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man.  [16]  But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.  [17]  The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.  [18]  Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.  [10:1]  Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.  [2]  A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left.  [3]  Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.  [4]  If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.  [5]  There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:  [6]  folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place.  [7]  I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on the ground like slaves.  [8]  He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall.  [9]  He who quarries stones is hurt by them, and he who splits logs is endangered by them.  [10]  If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.  [11]  If the serpent bites before it is charmed, there is no advantage to the charmer.  [12]  The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.  [13]  The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.  [14]  A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?  [15]  The toil of a fool wearies him, for he does not know the way to the city.  [16]  Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!  [17]  Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!  [18]  Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.  [19]  Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.  [20]  Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter.