Eccl. 10: 18-20
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
Three different thoughts close out this chapter.
One. Sloth (laziness) ends in disaster. Any homeowner knows that to neglect the upkeep of a home ends in the utter ruin of the home. This verse pictures the fall of a nation through the neglect and laziness of the rulers as well as the people.
Two. In verse 19, Solomon’s unhappy, dissatisfied heart breaks through again. Money, he says, is the answer to everything. We know that is not the truth. Many wealthy people have been miserably unhappy, and die unhappy. Money is NOT the answer to everything. In fact, without wisdom and godliness, it is not the answer to anything at all.
Three. I immediately thought of the saying, “A little birdie told me.” Words unwisely spoken have a way of getting back to the person who is criticized. Kings have eyes and ears everywhere, and those who speak against him could be in danger of their lives if he is a wicked king.
I believe we Christians, true believers, need to apply this thought to the way we speak of our pastors, deacons, and other church members. As well, it needs to be applied to the way we speak of government.
“Oh, be careful little tongue, what you say!”