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Ecclesiastes 7:9-19 (New Living Translation)

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9 Don't be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools. 10 Don't long for "the good old days," for you don't know whether they were any better than today. 11 Being wise is as good as being rich; in fact, it is better. 12 Wisdom or money can get you almost anything, but it's important to know that only wisdom can save your life. 13 Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God, for who can straighten out what he has made crooked? 14 Enjoy prosperity while you can. But when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. That way you will realize that nothing is certain in this life. 15 In this meaningless life, I have seen everything, including the fact that some good people die young and some wicked people live on and on. 16 So don't be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? 17 On the other hand, don't be too wicked either -- don't be a fool! Why should you die before your time? 18 So try to walk a middle course -- but those who fear God will succeed either way. 19 A wise person is stronger than the ten leading citizens of a town!
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