Ecclesiastes 7:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 Do not be quickly provoked1 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.2 10 Do not say, "Why were the old days3 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing4 and benefits those who see the sun.5 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:6 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?7 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.8 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. 15 In this meaningless life9 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.10 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?11 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God12 will avoid all [extremes].a 19 Wisdom13 makes one wise man more powerful14 than ten rulers in a city.
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