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Ecclesiastes - Chapter 7

A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.   1

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.   2

Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.   3

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.   4

It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.   5

Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.   6

Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.   7

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.   8

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.   9

Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.   10

Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.   11

Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.   12

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?   13

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.   14

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.   15

Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise, why destroy yourself?   16

Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool, why die before your time?   17

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes .   18

Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city.   19

There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.   20

Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you-   21

for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.   22

All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise", but this was beyond me.   23

Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound, who can discover it?   24

So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.   25

I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.   26

"Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things-   27

while I was still searching but not finding, I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.   28

This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes."   29

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