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Ecclesiastes 7:4-14 (New International Version)

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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.1 5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke2 than to listen to the song of fools. 6 Like the crackling of thorns3 under the pot, so is the laughter4 of fools. This too is meaningless. 7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe5 corrupts the heart. 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience6 is better than pride. 9 Do not be quickly provoked7 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.8 10 Do not say, "Why were the old days9 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing10 and benefits those who see the sun.11 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. 13 Consider what God has done:12 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?13 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.14 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
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