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7 A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death is better than the day of one’s birth.
than to go to the house of feasting,
for death is the end of every person,
and the living should take it to his heart.
for by sadness of countenance the heart is made good.
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
than for a man to listen to the song of fools.
so also the laughter of fools.
This also is vanity!
7 Surely oppression makes a fool of the wise,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
⌊better to be slow to anger than hot-headed⌋.a
for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
⌊it benefits the living⌋.b
12 ⌊For wisdom offers protection like money offers protection⌋.c
But knowledge has an advantage—wisdom restores life to its possessor.
13 Consider the work of God.
For who is able to make straight what he made crooked?
But in the day of adversity, consider!
For God made one in place of another
so that mortals cannot find out what will happen ⌊in the future⌋.d
15 I have seen all these things in my vain life:
Sometimes a righteous man perishes in spite of his righteousness,
and sometimes a wicked man lives a long life in spite of his evil.
16 Do not be excessivelye righteous,
and do not act excessively wise, lest you destroy yourself.
and do not be a fool, lest you die before your time.
for whoever fears God will hold both of them secure.
19 Wisdom gives more strength to the wise
than ten rulers who are in the city.
who continually does good and never sins.
lest you hear your own servant curse you.
that you also have cursed others many times.
25 I set my mind to try to seek wisdom and the plan, and to know that wickedness is foolishness and that folly is delusion. 26 I myself found that more bitter than death is the woman who is a trap, whose heart is a snare, and whose hands are bonds. The one who pleases God escapes from her, but the sinner is caught by her. 27 “Look! I found this,” said the Teacher,h “while trying to find how the plan fits together. 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.”
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