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Ecclesiastes 7

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1A good name is better than costly perfume, and the day of death is better than the day of birth.
2It is better to go to a house of mourning than to a house of feasting, for mourning comes to all people at the end of life, so living people must take this to heart.
3Grief is better than laughter, for after sadness of face comes gladness of heart.
4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of feasting.
5It is better to listen to the rebuke of the wise than to listen to the song of fools.
6For like the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so also is the laughter of fools. This, too, is vapor.
7Extortion certainly makes a wise man foolish, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8Better is the end of a matter than the beginning; and the people patient in spirit are better than the proud in spirit.
9Do not be quick to anger in your spirit, for anger resides in the hearts of fools.
10Do not say, “Why were the days of old better than these?” For it is not because of wisdom that you ask this question.
11Wisdom, like an inheritance, is good. It benefits those who see the sun.
12For wisdom provides protection as money can provide protection, but the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to whoever has it.
13Consider the deeds of God: Who can straighten out anything he has made crooked?
14When times are good, live happily in that good, but when times are bad, consider this: God has allowed both to exist side by side. For this reason, no one will find out anything that is coming after him.
15I have seen many things in my meaningless days. There are righteous people who perish in spite of their righteousness, and there are wicked people who live a long life in spite of their evil.
16Do not be self-righteous, wise in your own eyes. Why should you destroy yourself?
17Do not be too wicked or foolish. Why should you die before your time?
18It is good that you should take hold of this wisdom, and that you should not let go of righteousness. For the person who fears God will meet all his obligations.

19Wisdom is powerful in the wise man, more than ten rulers in a city.
20There is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
21Do not listen to every word that is spoken, because you might hear your servant curse you.
22Similarly, you know yourself that in your own heart you have often cursed others.
23All this have I proven by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise,” but it was more than I could be.
24Wisdom is far off and very deep. Who can find it?
25I turned my heart to learn and examine and seek wisdom and the explanations of reality, and to understand that evil is stupid and that folly is madness.
26I found that more bitter than death is any woman whose heart is full of snares and nets, and whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God will escape from her, but the sinner will be taken by her.
27“Consider what I have discovered,” says the Teacher. “I have been adding one discovery to another in order to find an explanation of reality.
28This is what I am still looking for, but I have not found it. I did find one righteous man among a thousand, but a woman among all those I did not find.
29I have discovered only this: That God created humanity upright, but they have gone away looking for many difficulties.”