A 1goodname is betterthan a goodointment, And the 2day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth.
It is better to go to a house of mourningThan to go to a house of feasting, Becauseathat is the 3end of everyman, And the livingb4takes it to cheart.
35Sorrow is betterthanlaughter, For 6when a face is sad a heart may be happy.
The dmind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the emind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
It is better to 7listen to the rebuke of a wisemanThan for one to listen to the song of fools.
For as the fcrackling of 8thornbushesunder a pot, So is the 9laughter of the fool; And thistoo is futility.
For 10oppressionmakes a wisemanmad, And a 11bribegcorrupts the heart.
The 12end of a matter is betterthan its beginning; 13Patience of spirit is betterthanhaughtiness of spirit.
Do not be h14eager in your heart to be angry, For angerresides in the bosom of fools.
Do not say, "Why is it that the formerdays were betterthanthese?" For it is not from wisdom that you askaboutthis.
11Wisdomalong with an inheritance is good And an 15advantage to those who see the sun.
For 16wisdom is iprotection just as money is jprotection, But the advantage of knowledge is that 17wisdompreserves the lives of its possessors.
13Consider the 18work of God, For who is 19able to straightenwhat He has bent?
1420In the day of prosperity be happy, But 21in the day of adversityconsider - God has made the one as well as the otherSo that man will 22not discoveranything that will be after him.
I have seeneverything during my k23lifetime of futility; there is 24a righteousman who perishes in his righteousness and there is 25a wickedman who prolongs his life in his wickedness.
Do not be excessively26righteous and do not 27be overlywise. Why should you ruin yourself?
Do not be excessivelywicked and do not be a fool. Why should you 28diebefore your time?
It is good that you grasponething and also not lletgo of the other; for the one who 29fearsGodcomesforth with mboth of them.
1930Wisdomstrengthens a wisemanmorethantenrulerswho are in a city.
20Indeed, 31there is not a righteousman on earthwho continually doesgood and who neversins.
21Also, do not ntakeseriouslyallwordswhich are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant32cursing you.
For oyou also have realized that you likewise have manytimescursedothers.
I testedallthis with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," 33but it was far from me.
24What has been is remote and 34exceedinglypmysterious. 35Who can discover it?
I q36directed my rmind to know, to investigate and to seekwisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
And I discoveredmore37bitterthandeath the womanwhoseheart is 38snares and nets, whose hands are chains. 39Onewho is pleasing to God will escape from her, but 40the sinner will be captured by her.
27"Behold, I have discoveredthis," says the Preacher, "adding onething to another to find an explanation,
28whichsI am stillseeking but have not found. I have foundonemanamong a thousand, but I have not found a 41woman among allthese.
29"Behold, I have foundonlythis, that 42Godmademenupright, but they have sought out manydevices."