New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Ecclesiastes 7:1–14

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Wisdom and Folly Contrasted

1 A agood name is better than a good ointment,

And the bday of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.

2 It is better to go to a house of mourning

Than to go to a house of feasting,

Because 1that is the aend of every man,

And the living 2btakes it to 3heart.

3 aSorrow is better than laughter,

For bwhen a face is sad a heart may be happy.

4 The 1mind of the wise is in the house of mourning,

While the 1mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

5 It is better to alisten to the rebuke of a wise man

Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

6 For as the 1crackling of athorn bushes under a pot,

So is the blaughter of the fool;

And this too is futility.

7 For aoppression makes a wise man mad,

And a bbribe 1corrupts the heart.

8 The aend of a matter is better than its beginning;

bPatience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

9 Do not be 1aeager in your heart to be angry,

For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

10 Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?”

For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.

11 Wisdom along with an inheritance is good

And an aadvantage to those who see the sun.

12 For awisdom is 1protection just as money is 1protection,

But the advantage of knowledge is that bwisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

13 Consider the awork of God,

For who is bable to straighten what He has bent?

14 aIn the day of prosperity be happy,

But bin the day of adversity consider—

God has made the one as well as the other

So that man will cnot discover anything that will be after him.

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