Ecclesiastes 7:1-9 NIV

Wisdom

1 A good name is better than fine perfume,1 and the day of death better than the day of birth.2

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2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death3 is the destiny4 of every man; the living should take this to heart.

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3 Sorrow is better than laughter,5 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.6

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5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke7 than to listen to the song of fools.

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6 Like the crackling of thorns8 under the pot, so is the laughter9 of fools. This too is meaningless.

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7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe10 corrupts the heart.

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8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience11 is better than pride.

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9 Do not be quickly provoked12 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.13

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