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Ecclesiastes 7

NRS 1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death, 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. NRS 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 everyone, and the living will lay it 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. NRS 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad. NIV 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. NRS 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. NRS 5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. NIV 5 It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. NRS 6 For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of fools; this also is vanity. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. NRS 7 Surely oppression makes the wise foolish, and a bribe corrupts the heart. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. NRS 8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; the patient in spirit are better than the proud in spirit. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. NRS 9 Do not be quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. NRS 10 Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. NIV 10 Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. NRS 11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun. NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. NRS 12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to the one who possesses it. 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. NRS 13 Consider the work of God; who can make straight what he has made crooked? NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? NRS 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that mortals may not find out anything that will come after them. 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. NRS 15 In my vain life I have seen everything; there are righteous people who perish in their righteousness, and there are wicked people who prolong their life in their evildoing. 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. NRS 16 Do not be too righteous, and do not act too wise; why should you destroy yourself? NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ? NRS 17 Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time? NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time? NRS 18 It is good that you should take hold of the one, without letting go of the other; for the one who fears God shall succeed with both. 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]. NRS 19 Wisdom gives strength to the wise more than ten rulers that are in a city. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city. NRS 20 Surely there is no one on earth so righteous as to do good without ever sinning. NIV 20 There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. NRS 21 Do not give heed to everything that 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-- NRS 22 your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others. NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. NRS 23 All this I have tested by wisdom; I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me. NIV 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"-- but this was beyond me. NRS 24 That which is, is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out? NIV 24 Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it? NRS 25 I turned my mind to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the sum of things, and to know that wickedness is folly and that foolishness is madness. 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. NRS 26 I found more bitter than death the woman who is a trap, whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters; one who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her. 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. NRS 27 See, this is what I found, says the Teacher, adding one thing to another to find the sum, NIV 27 "Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things-- NRS 28 which my mind has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. 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. NRS 29 See, this alone I found, that God made human beings straightforward, but they have devised many schemes. NIV 29 This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes."