Search. This teaches how careful men eminent for gifts and grace should be of their words and actions; since the least thing amiss in them is easily discerned, and soon taken notice of, as the least speck in a diamond, or spot in fine linen, clean and white; and there are wicked and envious persons enough watching for their halting, glad to have an occasion against them, and improve everything to the uttermost: this is a caution to wise magistrates, honourable ministers of the word, and eminent professors more especially. We are meant to work and take responsibility for what is given to us to steward. upon the most sweet and savoury ointment, give it an ill smell; Van der Palm (1784) regards this as the original form of the text.). Ecclesiastes 10:1 Wisdom Better than Folly 1 Dead 1 flies 2 putrefy the perfumer's ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor. Barnes's Ecclesiastes 10:1 Bible Commentary 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. This limitation the author ought to have expressed, for without it the sentence is an untruth. Ecclesiastes 10:1 "Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor." ): "a little folly frequently shows itself more efficacious and fruitful than the wisdom of an honoured wise man," helps itself with a "frequently" inserted, and weakens מך to a subordinated idea, and is opposed to the figure, which requires a personality. 3 Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense. Salem Media Group. That’s why it exists. a stinking savour. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. wisdom [and] 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. the cause of death; and what may seem little, a peccadillo, or, c. The right hand is more expert than the left. 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; 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. In general, it is evident that the point of comparison is the hurtfulness, widely extending itself, of a matter which in appearance is insignificant. The more delicate the perfume, the more easily spoiled is the ointment. after the best manner, where they die, and corrupt and spoil it: In general, it is evident that the point of comparison is the hurtfulness, widely extending itself, of a matter which in appearance is insignificant. “While spoiling his neighbour’s propert… a stinking savour The expressive רקח שׁמן is purposely used here; the dealer in ointments (pigmentarius) can now do nothing with the corrupted perfume, - thus the wisdom which a man possesses, the honour which he has hitherto enjoyed, avail him no longer; the proportionally small portion of folly which has become an ingredient in his personality gives him the character of a fool, and operates to his dishonour. Jump to Passage. A wise man has great advantage over a fool, who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Folly in this verse, means silliness, or foolishness. The corrupting body communicates its foul savour to the ointment, makes it boil up, i.e., puts it into a state of fermentation, in consequence of which it foams and raises up small blisters, אבעבועות (Rashi). Kings hurtful and desirable, Ecclesiastes 10:16,17. Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor. 3 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. Charity twice blessed Lose not the Opportunity Defer not a good Deed Religion sweetens Life. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. or dead flies (Symm., Syr., Jerome) is meant. 36:20 ) ; and to be reproached by men, and religion and Therefore the meaning of Ecclesiastes 10:1 cannot be that a little folly is more weighty than wisdom, than honour, viz., in the eyes of the blinded crowd (Zckl., Dchsel). Ecclesiastes is a phonetic transliteration of the Greek word Ἐκκλησιαστής (Ekklesiastes), which in the Septuagint translates the Hebrew name of its stated author, Kohelet (קֹהֶלֶת). Also there is discernible in it another application. enough watching for their halting, glad to have an occasion a good name is like precious ointment, valuable and fragrant; (m) "muscae mortis", Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius, Amama, Cocceius, Rambachius. of 3 Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, And he shows everyone that he is a fool. "Flies" answer to "a little folly" (sin), appropriately, being small (1Co 5:6); also, "Beelzebub" means prince of flies. The “right hand” and the “left hand” are used in Scripture to express good and evil. This limitation the author ought to have expressed, for without it the … "], is in harmony neither with that which goes before nor with that which follows. nobles. Sin is the reproach of sinners, wherever they go, and shows their folly. Thus also the Concord. Breaking Down the Key Parts of Ecclesiastes 9:10 #1 “Whatever your hand finds to do,” Christians should be busy. seeks to remove by glossing מך, as the Targ. F., however, has מכּבוד, with the marginal remark: מכבוד כן קבלתי מני שמשון (Simson ha-Nakdam, to whom the writer of the Frankf. taken notice of, as the least speck in a diamond, or spot in fine Of rulers, Ecclesiastes 10:4-7. The title “Ecclesiastes” comes from a Greek word indicating a person who calls an assembly, so it makes sense that the author identified himself in Ecclesiastes 1:1 by Ecclesiastes 11:8 "But if a man live many years, [and] rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. The wise man is always employed in doing good; the fool, in nonsense or evil. A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. So doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour; which comes to pass, partly because all the actions, and consequently the follies, of such men are most diligently observed, and soonest discerned, and tossed about in the mouths of men, whereas fools and all their carriages are generally disregarded; and partly because of that envious and malicious disposition of men’s minds, which makes them quick-sighted to discover, and glad to hear and forward to declare, the faults of such as by their greater eminency did outshine and obscure them. Thus the affair of Bathsheba and Uriah, what a slur did it bring on the character of David, so famous for wisdom and honour, for religion and piety? Ecclesiastes 10:1-20. 2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, But a fool’s heart at his left. This limitation the author ought to have expressed, for without it the … Cod. since the least thing amiss in them is easily discerned, and soon The verbs are singular, the noun plural, implying that each of the flies causes the stinking savor.Observations on wisdom and folly, Ecclesiastes 10:1-3. Certain passages in this book seem to deny that there is life after death. He who digs a pit will fall into it,And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.He who quarries stones may be hurt by them,And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.If the ax is dull,And one does not sharpen the edge,Then he must use more strength;But wisdom brings success.a. Genesis He who digs a pit will fall into it: Solomon listed several examples of those who did wrong or foolish things and then suffered because of it.i. Ecclesiastes 10:1. 4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, It is therefore still relevant today; Solomon, the Apothecary - Rather: a dealer in spices and perfumes (compare Exodus 30:25). Ecclesiastes 11:8-10, 12:1-7 Subject applied to the Aged. does, by ונכסים עושר מרוב. government to be reproached for his sake. than wisdom and honour is a little folly. Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send The time of darkness, spoken of here, is speaking of tribulation that comes upon all men. and show everyone how stupid they are. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Let’s understand the context, therefore: this is Solomon’s search for meaning in life. Good times in contrast to “darkness” (verse 8, meaning bad times (12:1). Bathsheba and Uriah, what a slur did it bring on the character of 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! Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. To get what Ecclesiastes 10:1 means in detail, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. 2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. All that cometh [is] vanity. " Of sloth, Ecclesiastes 10:18. All rights reserved. 15).). This proverb is actually an illustration of the last verses of Ecclesiastes 9. (Note: The Targ. f. 26, Ochla veochla, Nr. In general, it is evident that the point of comparison is the hurtfulness, widely extending itself, of a matter which in appearance is insignificant. him that is in reputation—for example, David (2Sa 12:14); Solomon (1Ki 11:1-43); Jehoshaphat (2Ch 18:1-34; 19:2); Josiah (2Ch 35:22). Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool. It smells nice. interprets, as the Talm. The other versions vary. We decide in favour of the former; for (1) זבובי מות for זבוּבים מתים (Ecclesiastes 9:4; Isaiah 37:36), "death-flies" for "dead flies," would be an affected poetic expression without analogy; while, on the contrary, "death-flies" for "deadly flies" is a genit. connection, such as מות כּלי instruments of death, i.e., deadly instruments and the like; Bttcher understands dung-flies; but the expression can scarcely extend to the designation of flies which are found on dead bodies. sin, which is folly, is like a dead fly; not only light and mean, a. Ecclesiastes 10:2. b. Jerome, following the Targ. Proud member Ecclesiastes is one of the favorite books of the Bible for skeptics, scoffers, atheists, and certain cultists. Title. KJV Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary [perfume] to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for [is weightier than] wisdom and honour. Apothecary - Rather: a dealer in spices and perfumes (compare Exodus 30:25). Lord; with many other instances. (2) In favour of "dead flies," it has been remarked that that influence on the contents of a pot of ointment is effected not merely by poison-flies, but, generally, by flies that have fallen into it. waḳur, waḳûr), in its primary meaning, as synon. But perhaps a more specialized meaning is intended: "dead flies" = "flies of death" (KJV mg). 1 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. The Targum is. Ecclesiastes 10:1-15. Knobel construes rightly; but his explanation (also of Heiligst., Elst., Ginsb. Ecclesiastes 10:1-20. If we abide in Christ (Jn 15) then we will have things set before us by God to undertake for his glory and his purposes. vav, a form which is adopted by Michaelis. Ecclesiastes 10:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ecclesiastes 10:1, NIV: "As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor." So the higher a man's religious character is, the more hurt is caused by a sinful folly in him. "Ointment" answers to "reputation" (Ec 7:1; Ge 34:30). zumbi equals zubbi). Ecclesiastes 10:1 Context. Most do not consider the major questions in life until they are at the very end of it—just like Solomon. Meanwhile, it is very possible that by the expression זב ם, such flies are thought of as carry death from dead bodies to those that are living; the Assyr. Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. vav, is often called by him his voucher). This is also the correct Masoretic reading; for if וּמך were to be read, then the word would be in the catalogue of words of which three begin with their initial letter, and a fourth has introduced a vav before it (Mas. - Ecclesiastes 10:1 In 2009, Michael Gregory Thomas, 23, and Thomas James, 24, decided to rob a convenience store at gunpoint in Richland County, South Carolina. 10 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is … and the idolatry of Solomon, the wisest of men; Jehoshaphat, that good king, entering into affinity with Ahab; and pious Josiah going to war with the king of Egypt, contrary to the word of the Lord; with many other instances. good king, entering into affinity with Ahab; and pious Josiah 1 Corinthians 5:6. Therefore the meaning of Ecclesiastes 10:1 cannot be that a little folly is more weighty than wisdom, than honour, viz., in the eyes of the blinded crowd (Zckl., Dchsel). Atheists love to contend that the book of Ecclesiastes seems to confirm that view, and that is … and Mid. The sequence of ideas יב יבּ (maketh the ointment stink) is natural. 16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! weak and near to death, and get into precious ointment, prepared Ecclesiastes 10:1-20 ESV. Gussetius (n) renders it, "that which is precious and worthy of honour "proceeds" from wisdom; and folly "comes" from glory, "worldly glory", in a little time.''. however, one single act of sin, may injure the character of a (Note: מכּבוד; thus in the Biblia rabb. and Midrash, explains: Pretiosa est super sapientiam et gloriam stultitia parva, understanding by wisdom and honour the self-elation therewith connected; besides, this thought, which Luther limits by the introduction of zuweilen ["folly is sometimes better than wisdom, etc. The king must not be cursed, Ecclesiastes 10:20. Ecclesiastes 10 Ecc 10:1 AS DEAD FLIES GIVE PERFUME A BAD SMELL, SO A LITTLE FOLLY OUTWEIGHS WISDOM AND HONOR: The common understanding of this parable is certainly true enough, and easy enough to grasp. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Once divided into chapter and verse, it’s a favorite of those who pull quotations out of context. Highlight All Reset Print. wise and honourable man, and greatly expose him to shame and forth Of talkativeness, imprudence, and its mischiefs, Ecclesiastes 10:11-15. But since the oil mixed with perfumes may also be of the kind which, instead of being changed by a dead body, much rather embalms it; so it does not surprise us that the exciter of fermentation is thus drastically described by μυῖαι θανατοῦσαι (lxx); it happens, besides, also on this account, because "a little folly" corresponds as a contrasted figure to the little destructive carcase, - wisdom בע תּח ("giveth life," Ecclesiastes 7:2), a little folly is thus like little deadly flies. or, "flies of deaths" F13; deadly ones, which have something Ecclesiastes 10:1, KJV: "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send … so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour; a good name is like precious ointment, valuable and fragrant; sin, which is folly, is like a dead fly; not only light and mean, and base and worthless, but hurtful and pernicious, deadly, and the cause of death; and what may seem little, a peccadillo, or, however, one single act of sin, may injure the character of a wise and honourable man, and greatly expose him to shame and contempt, and cause him to stink in the nostrils of men, Genesis 36:20; and to be reproached by men, and religion and government to be reproached for his sake. Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary. The meaning of the Authorized Version is tolerably correct, but the actual rendering will hardly stand, and one wants some verb to govern "him that," etc. Well, think about perfume. So doth ... - literally, more weighty than wisdom, than honor, is a little folly. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine … This teaches how careful men But יביע forbids this transference, and, besides, מן יקר, "honoured on account of," is an improbable expression; also מך יקר presents a tautology, which Luzz. Such, as Jarchi observes, are in the winter season, which are Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one … Ecclesiastes 10:17. Ecclesiastes 10:1 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. ECCLESIASTES 10:1. Bad savor is endurable in oil, but not in what professes to be, and is compounded by the perfumer ("apothecary") for, fragrance. The sentence is true both in an intellectual and in a moral reference. The wise is more on his guard than the foolish sinner, though at times he will slip. September 4, 2012. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 10:1-3) Those especially who make a profession of religion, should keep from all appearances of evil. in their nature poisonous and pernicious; which, when they light Ecclesiastes 10:1, ESV: "Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor." Thus the affair of Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth. do, deadly flies as a figure of the prava concupiscentia. For the flies to be dead where perfume (apothecary) was, is worse. Ecclesiastes 10:1-4. Download. Dead flies falling into it, and abiding and being putrefied in it, especially in those countries, where there were more filthy and venomous flies, and where the ointments were more pure, and where the air was more hot, than in these parts. 1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. Common oil is not so liable to injury. cites, and thus, originally, it stood in J., but has been corrected to מכּבוד. In the Ven. We know that anything dead, has a bad odor. 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. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Book Theme . We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. and base and worthless, but hurtful and pernicious, deadly, and Blessed [art] thou, O land, when thy king is the son of. 10 Dead [] flies [] putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor. Ecclesiastes "10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: [so doth] a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom [and] honor. " (n) Ebr. Ecclesiastes 9:13-18, 10:1-20 Active Benevolence—§ 8. Of wrong and injustice, Ecclesiastes 10:8-10. fin. eminent for gifts and grace should be of their words and actions; and the idolatry of Solomon, the wisest of men; Jehoshaphat, that going to war with the king of Egypt, contrary to the word of the and eminent professors more especially. 1515, 1521, 1615, וּמכּבוד is found with the copulat. of כּבד: more weighty, i.e., heavier and weighing more than wisdom, than honour, is a little folly; and he reminds us that a single foolish act can at once change into their contrary the wisdom and the honour of a man, destroying both, making it as if they had never been, cf. To the asyndeton יב יבּ, there corresponds, in 1b, the asyndeton מח מ כּ; the Targ., Syr., and Jerome, (Note: The lxx entirely remodels Ecclesiastes 10:1: τίμιον κ.τ.λ ("a little wisdom is more honour than the great glory of folly"), i.e., יקר מעט חכמה סכלות רב (כבוד in the sense of "great multitude"). against them, and improve everything to the uttermost: this is a Feasts, Ecclesiastes 10:19. (καὶ τῆς δόχης) had this certainly before it; it is, in relation to the other, inferior in point of evidence. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Already Rashi has rightly explained by taking יקר (Syr. But those of us who have God’s Word, particularly as it is recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes, possess an unmatched treasure that makes us … This verse uses a bit of earthy humor to tell why folly is not good for a person of a good reputation. One of the names of Satan is Beelzebub, the lord of a fly; who, by his temptations, solicits to sin and folly, which produce the effect here mentioned, and therefore to be shunned as a deadly fly in the ointment, Matthew 12:24. Therefore the meaning of Ecclesiastes 10:1 cannot be that a little folly is more weighty than wisdom, than honour, viz., in the eyes of the blinded crowd (Zöckl., Dächsel). Wisdom and honour are swept away by a little quantum of folly; it places both in the shade, it outweighs them in the scale; it stamps the man, notwithstanding the wisdom and dignity which otherwise belong to him, as a fool. [so doth] a little folly him that is in reputation for honour; Ecclesiastes 10:1-20. 3 Even as he walks along the road, the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is. linen, clean and white; and there are wicked and envious persons 18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. Ecclesiastes 10:1 King James Version (KJV). A little folly by a single sinner can destroy much good. p. 344. 1525, 1615, Genoa 1618, Plantin 1582, Jablonski 1699, and also v. d. Hooght and Norzi. 1294 here refers for the reading מך, without the copul. 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. Luzz., as already Aben Ezra, Grotius, Geiger, Hengst., and the more recent English expositors, transfer the verbs of Ecclesiastes 10:1 zeugmatically to Ecclesiastes 10:1: similiter pretiosum nomine sapientiae et gloriae virum foetidum facit stolidtias parva. David, so famous for wisdom and honour, for religion and piety? 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