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Ecclesiastes 7

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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: in that that is the end of all men, and the living taketh it to heart.

7:3 Vexation 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 in the house of mirth.

7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise, than 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; better is a patient spirit than a proud spirit.

7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be vexed; for vexation resteth in the bosom of fools.

7:10 Say not, How is it that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.

7:11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and profitable to them that see the sun.

7:12 For wisdom is a defence [as] money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, [that] wisdom maketh them that possess it to live.

7:13 Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what he hath made crooked?

7:14 In the day of prosperity enjoy good, and in the day of adversity consider: God hath also set the one beside the other, to the end that man should find out nothing [of what shall be] after him.

7:15 All [this] have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a righteous [man] that perisheth by his righteousness, and there is a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his days] by his wickedness.

7:16 Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

7:17 Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God cometh forth from them all.

7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] that are in a city.

7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.

7:21 Also give not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee.

7:22 For also thine own heart knoweth that oftentimes thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

7:23 All this have I tried by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.

7:24 Whatever hath been, is far off, and exceeding deep: who will find it out?

7:25 I turned, I and my heart, to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom and reason, and to know wickedness to be folly, and foolishness to be madness;

7:26 and I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is nets and snares, [and] whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be caught by her.

7:27 See this which I have found, saith the Preacher, [searching] one by one to find out the reason;

7:28 which my soul yet seeketh, and I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found, but a woman among all those have I not found.

7:29 Only see this which I have found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices.

 

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