Ecclesiastes 7

VIN(i) 1 A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one's birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting; for that is the end of all men, and the living should take this to heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because the heart is made better through trouble. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. 5 It is better to listen to a wise person's rebuke than to listen to the praise of fools. 6 Like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of fools. Surely this also is vanity. 7 Extortion makes a wise man raving, And a bribe destroys the heart." 8 The end of a thing is better than its start, and a gentle spirit is better than pride. 9 Do not be quick in your spirit to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. 10 Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. 11 Wisdom together with a heritage is good, and a profit to those who see the sun. 12 Wisdom is a shelter just as money is a shelter. The advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives lift to those who have it. 13 Consider the work of God. Who can make straight what he has made crooked? 14 When times are good, be joyful, when times are bad, consider this: God made the one as well as the other, so people won't seek anything outside of his best. 15 In the days of my vanity I took a view of all classes. Here is a righteous man perishing for his righteous act: there a wicked man continuing in his wickedness. 16 Do not be righteous overmuch, neither make yourself overwise; why destroy yourself? 17 Do not be very wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time? 18 It is good to take hold of the one and also must not let go of the other; for whoever fears God will hold both of them secure. 19 Wisdom makes a wise man stronger than ten rulers in a town. 20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and doesn't sin. 21 Do not pay attention to everything people say, lest you hear your own servant curse you. 22 for often your own heart knows that you yourself have likewise cursed others. 23 All this I have tested by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. 24 Whatever it is, it's far off and most profound. Who can attain it? 25 I applied my heart to know and to search and to seek out wisdom and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the madness of error; 26 And I find more bitter than death, the woman whose heart is snares and nets and whose hands are chains. He who pleases God will escape from her, but the sinner will be taken by her. 27 "Look at this," says the Teacher. "Linking one thing to another, I reached this conclusion: 28 What my heart sought, I did not find. Although I found one righteous man among one thousand, I did not find one upright woman among all these. 29 Look! This alone I found: God made mankind upright, but they have devised many schemes."