A good name is better than preciousointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth .
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting:for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.3Sorrowa is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better .
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 better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.6
For as the cracklingb of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.7
Surely oppression maketh a wise manmad ; and a giftdestroyeth the heart.8Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.9
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry : for angerresteth in the bosom of fools.10Say not thou, What is the cause that the formerdays were better than these? for thou dost not enquirewiselyc concerning this.
11Wisdom is goodd with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.12
For wisdom is a defence,e and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
13Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight , which he hath made crooked ?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversityconsider : God also hath setf the one over against the other, to the end that man should findnothingafter him.
All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.16
Be not righteous over much ; neither make thyself overwise : why shouldest thou destroyg thyself?
Be not over muchwicked , neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?18
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from thiswithdraw not thine hand: for he that fearethGod shall come forth of them all.
19Wisdomstrengtheneth the wise more than tenmighty men which are in the city.20
For there is not a justman upon earth, that doethgood, and sinneth not.
Also takeh no heed unto all words that are spoken ; lest thou hear thy servantcurse thee:
For oftentimesalso thine own heartknoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursedothers.23
All this have I proved by wisdom: I said , I will be wise ; but it was far from me.
That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out ?
I appliedi mine heart to know , and to search , and to seek outwisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:26
And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleasethGod shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
27Behold , this have I found , saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:28
Which yet my soulseeketh , but I find not: oneman among a thousand have I found ; but a woman among all those have I not found .
29Lo , this only have I found , that God hath mademanupright; but they have sought outmanyinventions.