Ecclesiastes 7


7:1 A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day
 of death than the day of one's birth.
7:2 [It is] better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to
 the house of feasting: for that [is] the end of all men; and
 the living will lay [it] to his heart.
7:3 Sorrow [is] better than laughter: for by the sadness of the
 countenance the heart is made better.
7:4 The heart of the wise [is] in the house of mourning; but the
 heart of fools [is] in the house of mirth.
7:5 [It is] better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a
 man to hear the song of fools.
7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so [is] the
 laughter of the fool: this also [is] vanity.
7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift
 destroyeth the heart.
7:8 Better [is] the end of a thing than its beginning: [and] the
 patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.
7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in
 the bosom of fools.
7:10 Say not thou, What is [the cause] that the former days were
 better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning
 this.
7:11 Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance: and [by it there is]
 profit to them that see the sun.
7:12 For wisdom [is] a defense, [and] money [is] a defense: but
 the excellence of knowledge [is], [that] wisdom giveth life to
 them that have it.
7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make [that] straight,
 which he hath made crooked?
7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of
 adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the
 other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
7:15 All [things] have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is
 a just [man] that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is
 a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his life] in his wickedness.
7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise:
 why shouldst thou destroy thyself?
7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why
 shouldst thou die before thy time?
7:18 [It is] good that thou shouldst take hold of this; yes,
 also from this withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God
 shall escape from them all.
7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men]
 who are in the city.
7:20 For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good,
 and sinneth not.
7:21 Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest thou
 hear thy servant curse thee:
7:22 For often also thy own heart knoweth that thou thyself
 likewise hast cursed others.
7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise;
 but it [was] far from me.
7:24 That which is far off, and exceedingly deep, who can find
 it out?
7:25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out
 wisdom, and the reason [of things], and to know the wickedness
 of folly, even of foolishness [and] madness:
7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart
 [is] snares and nets, [and] her hands [as] bands: whoever
 pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be
 taken by her.
7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, [counting]
 one by one, to find out the account:
7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a
 thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not
 found.
7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright;
 but they have sought out many inventions.
 
 

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