Ecclesiastes 10:13
Good News Translation
They start out with silly talk and end up with pure madness.

Contemporary English Version
Fools begin with nonsense, and their stupid chatter ends with disaster.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.

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The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.

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Judges 14:15 And when the seventh day came, they said to the wife of Samson: Sooth thy husband, and persuade him to tell thee what the riddle meaneth. But if thou wilt not do it, we will burn thee, and thy father's house. Have you called us to the wedding on purpose to strip us?

1 Samuel 20:26-33 And Saul said nothing that day, for he thought it might have happened to him, that he was not clean, nor purified. . . .

1 Samuel 22:7,8,16-18 He said to his servants that stood about him: Hear me now, ye sons of Jemini: will the son of Isai give every one of you fields, and vineyards, and make you all tribunes, and centurions: . . .

1 Samuel 25:10,11 But Nabal answering the servants of David, said: Who is David? and what is the son of Isai? servants are multiplied now days who flee from their masters. . . .

2 Samuel 19:41-43 Therefore all the men of Israel running together to the king, said to him: Why have our brethren the men of Juda stolen thee away, and have brought the king and his household over the Jordan, and all the men of David with him? . . .

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Seba, the son of Bochri, a man of Jemini: and he sounded the trumpet, and said: We have no part in David, nor inheritance in the son of Isai: return to thy dwellings, O Israel.

2 Kings 6:27,31 And he said: If the Lord doth not save thee, how can I save thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress? And the king said to her: What aileth thee? And she answered: . . .

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contend with a fool, whether he be angry, or laugh, he shall find no rest.

Matthew 2:7,8,16 Then Herod, privately calling the wise men learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them; . . .

Luke 6:2,11 And some of the Pharisees said to them: Why do you that which is not lawful on the sabbath days? . . .

Luke 11:38,53,54 And the Pharisee began to say, thinking within himself, why he was not washed before dinner. . . .

John 12:10 But the chief priests thought to kill Lazarus also:

Acts 5:28-33 Saying: Commanding, we commanded you that you should not teach in this name. And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine: and you have a mind to bring the blood of this man upon us. . . .

Acts 6:9-11 Now there arose some, of that which is called the synagogue of the Libertines and of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians and of them that were of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. . . .

Acts 7:54-59 Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart: and they gnashed with their teeth at him. . . .

Acts 19:24-28 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver temples for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen. . . .

Context
Wisdom and Folly
12The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong. 13The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.14A fool multiplieth words. A man cannot tell what hath been before him: and what shall be after him, who can tell him?…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:25
I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent:

Ecclesiastes 10:14
A fool multiplieth words. A man cannot tell what hath been before him: and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

Additional Translations
The beginning of his talk is folly, and the end of his speech is evil madness.The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly: and the end of his talk mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, And the latter end of his mouth Is mischievous madness.
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