Ecclesiastes 7:1-6 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better 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 lay it to heart. 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. 5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.
6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity. 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.