Ecclesiastes 7:4-14 NIV

4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.1

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5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke2 than to listen to the song of fools.

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6 Like the crackling of thorns3 under the pot, so is the laughter4 of fools. This too is meaningless.

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7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe5 corrupts the heart.

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8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience6 is better than pride.

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9 Do not be quickly provoked7 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.8

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10 Do not say, "Why were the old days9 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.

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11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing10 and benefits those who see the sun.11

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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.
13 Consider what God has done:12 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?13

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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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