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Ecclesiastes 10:17-19 Common English Bible (CEB)

17 Happy is the land
    whose king is dignified
    and whose princes feast at the right time for energy,
        not for drunkenness.
18 Through laziness, the roof sags;
    through idle hands, the house leaks.
19 Feasts are made for laughter,
    wine cheers the living,
    and money answers everything.[a]


  1. Ecclesiastes 10:19 Or money is everyone's answer.
Common English Bible (CEB)

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Ecclesiastes 10:17-19 New International Version (NIV)

17 Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth
    and whose princes eat at a proper time—
    for strength and not for drunkenness.

18 Through laziness, the rafters sag;
    because of idle hands, the house leaks.

19 A feast is made for laughter,
    wine makes life merry,
    and money is the answer for everything.

New International Version (NIV)

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