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Ecclesiastes 10:17-19 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

17 But a nation will prosper
    when its ruler is mature,
and its leaders
    don’t party too much.
18 Some people are too lazy
to fix a leaky roof—
    then the house falls in.
19 Eating and drinking
    make you feel happy,
and bribes can buy
    everything you need.

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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