Ecclesiastes (Part #18) (Ecclesiastes 10:9-20)Jeromy John Visser, September 8, 2019
Part of the Ecclesiastes series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Ecclesiastes (Part #18) continues to confirm that Solomon taught wisdom is greater than strength and hard labor while "the king in Jerusalem" contrasts the deeds of foolish and wise men. Why do the truly wise lean to the right while godless fools turn to the left? Can any living man tell us what will be on earth after we join Yahweh? Are we responsible for being snake bit without reason? This continuing sermon covering Ecclesiastes explains.
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9Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. 10If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. 11Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. 12The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 15The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. 16Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 17Blessed 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! 18By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. 19A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. 20Curse 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. (KJV)