Ecclesiastes 10:3: Ten things like folly

A Little Folly

“Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor” (Eccl. 10:3).

My house sparkled. The floor spread before me, spotless, nary a speck of dust lay on my highly polished furniture, and sunlight sparkled through pristine windows. I inhaled deeply. And what did I smell? A dead rodent.

My country house had been plagued by one varmint, or maybe two. I tucked d-Con behind the plumbing under my sink, and a tiny mouse must have eaten deeply, the crawled into the walls and died.

The results? No matter how my house gleamed, the stench of decay ruined the effect.

What is a little folly like?

  1. one tiny stain on a white shirt
  2. a speck of lettuce between your front teeth
  3. a smudge of mascara under the eyelids
  4. a small crack on the driver’s side windshield
  5. cheap perfume in a crowded opera house
  6. one dollar overdrawn the day before payday
  7. one hair in your vichyssoise
  8. one flu virus
  9. a grain of sand in your running shoes
  10. forgotten antiperspirant on a job interview

Can you add to this list? How are these things like folly?

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