Ecclesiastes 7:2-12 NIV

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.

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3 Sorrow is better than laughter,3 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.4

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5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke5 than to listen to the song of fools.

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6 Like the crackling of thorns6 under the pot, so is the laughter7 of fools. This too is meaningless.

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7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe8 corrupts the heart.

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8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience9 is better than pride.

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9 Do not be quickly provoked10 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.11

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10 Do not say, "Why were the old days12 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.

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11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing13 and benefits those who see the sun.14

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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.