Ecclesiastes 10:10
518 [e]   10
’im-   10
אִם־   10
If   10
Conj   10
  
 

 
 
 6949 [e]
qê·hāh
קֵהָ֣ה
is dull
V‑Piel‑Perf‑3ms
1270 [e]
hab·bar·zel,
הַבַּרְזֶ֗ל
the ax
Art | N‑ms
1931 [e]
wə·hū
וְהוּא֙
and he
Conj‑w | Pro‑3ms
3808 [e]
lō-
לֹא־
not
Adv‑NegPrt
  
 

 
 
 6440 [e]
p̄ā·nîm
פָנִ֣ים
the edge
N‑mp
7043 [e]
qil·qal,
קִלְקַ֔ל
does sharpen
V‑Piel‑Perf‑3ms
  
 
.
 
 
 2428 [e]
wa·ḥă·yā·lîm
וַחֲיָלִ֖ים
and more strength
Conj‑w | N‑mp
1396 [e]
yə·ḡab·bêr;
יְגַבֵּ֑ר
He must use
V‑Piel‑Imperf‑3ms
3504 [e]
wə·yiṯ·rō·wn
וְיִתְר֥וֹן
but
Conj‑w | N‑ms
3787 [e]
haḵ·šêr
הַכְשֵׁ֖ר‪‬(הכשיר*הַכְשֵׁ֖ר‪‬)
brings success
V‑Hifil‑Inf
  
 
.
 
 
 2451 [e]
ḥāḵ·māh
חָכְמָֽה׃
wisdom
N‑fs








Parallel Strong's
Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.

New American Standard Bible
If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen [its] edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

King James Bible
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.
Parallel Verses
International Standard Version
If someone's ax is blunt—the edge isn't sharpened— then more strength will be needed. Putting wisdom to work will bring success.

American Standard Version
If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Young's Literal Translation
If the iron hath been blunt, And he the face hath not sharpened, Then doth he increase strength, And wisdom is advantageous to make right.
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