Ecclesiastes 10

ECCL. 10 Work Smart

Ecclesiastes 10

A Transliteration and Paraphrase

Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D.

Verse 1 Dead flies left in the holy oil will make the anointing stink; just like a few moments in the flesh can ruin a good reputation.

Verse 2A wise man’s heart in the right place. He uses his wisdom for the good of others. A fool’s heart is in the wrong place. He does people wrong and tries to hide it.

Verse 3A fool goes about thinking that he has fooled everyone. He is the one who is fooled.

Verse 4 If you are harshly confronted by a superior do not quit nor resign; calmly do what you are asked and stay employed.

Verse 5There are mistakes we continue to make when deciding who will lead us.

Verse 6 We make leaders out of people who are not truly committed and people with real potential are ignored.

Verse 7People out of place with their purpose and their position is not a pretty picture.

Verse 8If you start trouble you will have trouble. If you set someone up to fail it will cause your failure.

Verse 9When you carrying stones a stone can fall on you and hurt you. If you are cutting something down it might fall on you.

Verse 10 If you are not too sharp you have to work hard. Learn more and then you can work smarter, not harder.

Verse 11 A snake is a snake. A snake can’t help but be a snake. A snake will bite you without any reason. A gossiper is just like a snake.

Verse 12What a wise person says will open up opportunity. What a foolish person says will only hurt their chances.

Verse 13A foolish person begins the conversation bragging about themselves and ends the conversation belittling other people.

Verse 14 A foolish person talks like they know it all. We can only know what God wants us to know.

Verse 15Knowing where you want to go without the directions to get there will make you exhausted and frustrated.

Verse 16You are in real trouble when you are being lead by immature people who think more about themselves than the people they lead.

Verse 17You are blessed if you have leaders who are well-prepared and well-disciplined.

Verse 18Laziness is dangerous. It will allow everything that was built for you and around you to fall in on you.

Verse 19Enjoy yourself and have a good time, but when it’s time to make money you need to get serious.

Verse 20Don’t backbite a leader or say mean things about an employer. Whatever you say in secret someone will repeat it.

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