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 ?