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Ecclesiastes 7

NIV 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. NIV 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. NIV 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. NIV 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. NIV 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. NIV 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. NIV 5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. NIV 5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. NIV 10 Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. NIV 10 Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. NIV 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. NIV 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? NIV 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. NIV 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. NIV 15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness. NIV 15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness. NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ? NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ? NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time? NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time? NIV 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes]. NIV 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes]. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city. NIV 20 There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. NIV 20 There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. NIV 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you-- NIV 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you-- NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. NIV 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"-- but this was beyond me. NIV 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"-- but this was beyond me. NIV 24 Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it? NIV 24 Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it? NIV 25 So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly. NIV 25 So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly. NIV 26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. NIV 26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. NIV 27 "Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things-- NIV 27 "Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things-- NIV 28 while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one [upright] man among a thousand, but not one [upright] woman among them all. NIV 28 while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one [upright] man among a thousand, but not one [upright] woman among them all. NIV 29 This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes." NIV 29 This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes."