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Dead flies can make a whole bottle of perfume stink, and a little stupidity can cancel out the greatest wisdom.
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Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly.
Exodus 30:34,35 And the Lord said to Moses: Take unto thee spices, stacte, and onycha, galbanum of sweet savour, and the clearest frankincense, all shall be of equal weight. . . .
2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer met him, and said to him: Thou helpest the ungodly, and thou art joined in friendship with them that hate the Lord, and therefore thou didst deserve indeed the wrath of the Lord:
Nehemiah 6:13 For he had taken money, that I being afraid should do this thing, and sin, and they might have some evil to upbraid me withal.
Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin in this kind of thing: and surely among many nations, there was not a king like him, and he was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: and yet women of other countries brought even him to sin.
Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing anymore but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. . . .
Galatians 2:12-14 For before that some came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them who were of the circumcision. . . .
ContextWisdom and Folly
1Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly.2The heart of a wise man is in his right hand, and the heart of a fool is in his left hand.…
Additional TranslationsAs dead flies bring a stench to the perfumer’s oil, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking smell: so does a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.
Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor;'so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.
Pestilent flies will corrupt a preparation of sweet ointment: and a little wisdom is more precious than great glory of folly.
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to stink [and] ferment; [so] a little folly is weightier than wisdom [and] honour.
Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honour.
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth an offensive odor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.
Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.
Dead flies cause a perfumer's perfume To send forth a stink; The precious by reason of wisdom -- By reason of honour -- a little folly!
Jump to PreviousApothecary Bad Cause Dead Evil Flies Folly Foolishness Forth Glory Great Honor Honour Little Odor Offensive Oil Ointment Outweigh Outweighs Perfume Perfumer Precious Putrid Reason Reputation Savour Stink Valued Weightier Wisdom
Jump to NextApothecary Bad Cause Dead Evil Flies Folly Foolishness Forth Glory Great Honor Honour Little Odor Offensive Oil Ointment Outweigh Outweighs Perfume Perfumer Precious Putrid Reason Reputation Savour Stink Valued Weightier Wisdom
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