New Living Translation
Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness;
King James Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Darby Bible Translation
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
World English Bible
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Young's Literal Translation
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, And the latter end of his mouth Is mischievous madness.
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It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things. I was determined to prove to myself that wickedness is stupid and that foolishness is madness.
they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.
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