Ecclesiastes 7:6-16 NIV

6 Like the crackling of thorns1 under the pot, so is the laughter2 of fools. This too is meaningless.

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7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe3 corrupts the heart.

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8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience4 is better than pride.

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9 Do not be quickly provoked5 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.6

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10 Do not say, "Why were the old days7 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.

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11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing8 and benefits those who see the sun.9

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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:10 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?11

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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.12 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

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15 In this meaningless life13 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.14

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16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ?