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An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 209 – Dead Flies Through Don’t Curse The King (Ecclesiastes 10:1-20)

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1. What does dead flies and a little folly have in common?

They cause something good to STINK: “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).


Š     Ointment of the apothecary [a compound to make spice] is supposed to be a perfume (Exodus 30:34-35).  Dead flies corrupt that smell.

Š     A little folly RIGHTFULLY damages a good reputation (Ezekiel 18:24 and II Peter 2:20-22).


2. Does the fool have his heart in the same place as a wise individual?

No: “A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left” (Ecclesiastes 10:2).


Š     Proverbs 10:8, Proverbs 11:29, and Ecclesiastes 7:4.


3. Does the actions of a fool expose him for what he is?

Yes: “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” (Ecclesiastes 10:3).


Š     Proverbs 13:16, Proverbs 17:27-28, and Ecclesiastes 5:3.


4. If the anger of the ruler rises against you, should you get out of line or yield to that ruler?

Stay in your place, yield to him: “If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences” (Ecclesiastes 10:4).


Š     Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 16:14, and Proverbs 25:15.

Š     There is an exception to this rule (Acts 5:17-29).


5. Are the logical people always in the place of authority?

No: “(5) There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: (6) Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.  (7) I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth” (Ecclesiastes 10:5-7).


Š     Proverbs 19:10 and Proverbs 30:21-23.


6. What can happen to people who dig pits or move stones?

Injury: “(8) He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.  (9) Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby” (Ecclesiastes 10:8-9).


Š     This is often applied to those who do these works to set traps wherein they reap what they sow (Psalms 7:15-16, Psalms 9:15-16, and Proverbs 26:27).


7. Is wisdom profitable even when it comes to using tools?

Yes: “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” (Ecclesiastes 10:10).


Š     Better to be wise and sharpen the tool than to use strength with a blunt object (Proverbs 24:5, Ecclesiastes 7:19, and Ecclesiastes 9:16).


8. What do a serpent and a babbler have in common?

They bite: “Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better” (Ecclesiastes 10:11).


Š     Psalms 52:2, Proverbs 18:7, Proverbs 18:21, and James 3:5-6.


9. Should a fool talk?

No, he doesn’t have the knowledge to speak, harms himself, and harms others: “(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” (Ecclesiastes 10:12-14)?


Š     Words of the wise (Psalms 37:30, Proverbs 10:21, Proverbs 12:18, and Ephesians 4:29).

Š     The fool (Proverbs 10:19 and Proverbs 15:2).


10. Why does the labor of a foolish person weary him?

He doesn’t know the way to the city: “The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city” (Ecclesiastes 10:15).


Š     This point is illustrated in the creators of idols (Isaiah 44:12-17).


11. How much does a king have an impact on a nation?

Enough to cause blessings or get woes: “(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” (Ecclesiastes 10:16-17)!


Š     Young and/or evil not good (II Chronicles 13:7, Isaiah 3:12, and Isaiah 9:16).

Š     Not for drunkenness (Proverbs 31:4-5).

Š     “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2).


12. Is it wise to trust a lazy person to upkeep a property?

No: “By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through” (Ecclesiastes 10:18).


Š     Proverbs 21:25 and Proverbs 24:30-31.


13. Can money send a powerful message?

Yes: “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things” (Ecclesiastes 10:19).


Š     Proverbs 10:15 and Ecclesiastes 7:11-12.

Š     This does not mean we should trust in money (Psalms 49:6-7, Jeremiah 9:23, and Revelation 3:14-21).


14. Can you curse those in power in private and think that your words or thoughts will stay private?

No: “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” (Ecclesiastes 10:20).


Š     We’re supposed to honor the king (Exodus 22:28 and I Peter 2:13-17).

Š     That does not mean we cannot speak against their errors (Luke 13:32-33).

Š     Even if things said in this world escape the ears of others, they will be revealed (Luke 12:1-5).

Š     This includes what we think.  If nothing else, God knows our thoughts (Psalms 44:21).





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