Ecclesiastes 7:9-19 NIV

9 Do not be quickly provoked1 in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.2

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10 Do not say, "Why were the old days3 better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.

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11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing4 and benefits those who see the sun.5

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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:6 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?7

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

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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

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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

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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

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    • a 7:18 - Or "will follow them both"
      19 Wisdom13 makes one wise man more powerful14 than ten rulers in a city.

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