Ecclesiastes 7:11–22

11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,

And profitable jto those who see the sun.

12 For wisdom is 6a kdefense as money is a defense,

But the 7excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives llife to those who have it.

13 Consider the work of God;

For mwho can make straight what He has made crooked?

14 nIn the day of prosperity be joyful,

But in the day of adversity consider:

Surely God has appointed the one 8as well as the other,

So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.

15 I have seen everything in my days of vanity:

oThere is a just man who perishes in his righteousness,

And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.

16 pDo not be overly righteous,

qNor be overly wise:

Why should you destroy yourself?

17 Do not be overly wicked,

Nor be foolish:

rWhy should you die before your time?

18 It is good that you grasp this,

And also not remove your hand from the other;

For he who sfears God will 9escape them all.

19 tWisdom strengthens the wise

More than ten rulers of the city.

20 uFor there is not a just man on earth who does good

And does not sin.

21 Also do not take to heart everything people say,

Lest you hear your servant cursing you.

22 For many times, also, your own heart has known

That even you have cursed others.

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