Ecclesiastes 7:8-18 (Douay-Rheims)

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8 (7-9) Better is the end of a speech than the beginning. Better is the patient man than the presumptuous. 9 (7-10) Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool. 10 (7-11) Say not: What thinkest thou is the cause that former times were better than they are now? for this manner of question is foolish. 11 (7-12) Wisdom with riches is more profitable, and bringeth more advantage to them that see the sun. 12 (7-13) For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them. 13 (7-14) Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised. 14 (7-15) In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of the evil day: for God hath made both the one and the other, that man may not find against him any just complaint. 15 (7-16) These things also I saw in the days of my vanity: A just man perisheth in his justice, and a wicked man liveth a long time in his wickedness. 16 (7-17) Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid. 17 (7-18) Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time. 18 (7-19) It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing.
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