Ecclesiastes 7:1-12

Wisdom is better than wealth

1 A good name is better than fine oil, and the day of death better than the birthday.
2 It is better to go to a house in mourning than to a house party, because that is everyone's destiny; and the living should take it to heart.
3 Aggravation is better than merriment because a sad face may lead to a glad heart.
4 The wise heart is in the house that mourns, but the foolish heart is in the house that rejoices.
5 It is better to obey the reprimand of the wise than to listen to the song of fools,
6 because the fool's merriment is like nettles crackling under a kettle. That too is pointless.
7 Oppression turns the wise into fools; a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than arrogance.
9 Don't be too quick to get angry because anger lives in the fool's heart.
10 Don't ask, "How is it that the former days were better than these?" because it isn't wise to ask this.
11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance— an advantage for those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom's protection is like the protection of money; the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.