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Ecclesiastes 7:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly

1 1A good name is better than precious ointment, and 2the day of death than the day of birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will 3lay it to heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, 4for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5 It is 5better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. 6 6For as the crackling of 7thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.
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