Ecclesiastes 10:8 - 11

"Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer." NIV translation

Now, Solomon compares the dangers of having fools in charge with some of the risks found in a person's normal work. He does this to illustrate the dangers of believing that politics have the answer to the problems of everyday life.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 - 15

"Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. At the beginning his words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness - and the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming - who can tell him what will happen after him? A fool's work wearies him, he does not know the way to town." NIV translation

The pattern of fools in high places is that they may start with some ideas that seem a little odd but at the end they can be downright evil. An example of what Solomon is speaking of is the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler. He started out being looked at like a foolish child by the rest of the world until he progressed into "wicked madness" and would not accept counsel from anyone.

Ecclesiastes 10:16 & 17

"Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. Blessed are you, O land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time - for strength and not for drunkenness." NIV translation

When fools are in high places, it is like having a child in charge and they do nothing but serve their own desires. Solomon contrasts the fate of these nations with those who have godly rulers that look after the people.