Ecclesiastes 7:1-13

The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly

1 1A good name is better than precious ointment, and 2the day of death 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 3lay it to heart.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter, 4for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
5 It is 5better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
6 6For as the crackling of 7thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.
7 Surely 8oppression drives the wise into madness, and 9a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and 10the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9 11Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, 12for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
10 Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who 13see the sun.
12 For the protection of wisdom is like 14the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that 15wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
13 Consider 16the work of God: 17who can make straight what he has made crooked?