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ECCLESIASTES · Chapter 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 delight.
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 makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart.
7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
7:9 Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
7:10 Say not you, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for you do not enquire 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 defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.
7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?
7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also has set the one opposite to 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 perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongs his life in his wickedness.
7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make yourself over wise: why should you destroy yourself ?
7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be you foolish: why should you die before your time?
7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not your hand: for he that fears God shall come out of them all.
7:19 Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that does good, and sins not.
7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest you hear your servant curse you:
7:22 For oftentimes also your own heart knows that you yourself likewise have 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 exceeding deep, who can find it out?
7:25 I applied mine 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: whoso pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
7:27 Behold, this have I found, says the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:
7:28 Which yet my soul seeks, 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 has made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
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