Ecclesiastes 7:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death1 is the destiny2 of every man; the living should take this to heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter,3 because a sad face is good for the heart. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.4 5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke5 than to listen to the song of fools. 6 Like the crackling of thorns6 under the pot, so is the laughter7 of fools. This too is meaningless. 7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe8 corrupts the heart. 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience9 is better than pride. 9 Do not be quickly provoked10 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.11 10 Do not say, "Why were the old days12 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing13 and benefits those who see the sun.14 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
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