Ecclesiastes 7 NIV

Wisdom

1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

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2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

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3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.

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4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

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5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

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6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.

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7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

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8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

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9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

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10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.

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11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.

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12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?

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14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

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15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

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16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time?

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18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.a

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    • f 7:18 - Or "will follow them both"
      19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.

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      20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

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      21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—

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      22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
      23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me.

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      24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it?

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      25 So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.

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      26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.

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      27 “Look,” says the Teacher,b “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—

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        • g 7:27 - Or "the leader of the assembly"
          28 while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.

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          29 This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”