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Ecclesiastes 7:9-19 (Common English Bible)

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9 Don't be too quick to get angry because anger lives in the fool's heart. 10 Don't ask, "How is it that the former days were better than these?" because it isn't wise to ask this. 11 Wisdom is as good asa an inheritance— an advantage for those who see the sun. 12 Wisdom's protection is like the protection of money; the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

Good times and bad

13 Consider God's work! Who can straighten what God has made crooked? 14 When times are good, enjoy the good; when times are bad, consider: God has made the former as well as the latter so that people can't discover anything that will come to be after them. 15 I have seen everything in my pointless lifetime: the righteous person may die in spite of their righteousness; then again, the wicked may live long in spite of their wickedness. 16 Don't be too righteous or too wise, or you may be dumbfounded.b 17 Don't be too wicked and don't be a fool, or you may die before your time. 18 It's good that you take hold of one of these without letting go of the other because the one who fears God will go forth with both. 19 Wisdom makes a wise person stronger than ten rulers who are in a city.
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