Ecclesiastes 10:4-10 New International Version

4  If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest. 5  There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: 6  Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. 7  I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves. 8  Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. 9  Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. 10  If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

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