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A good name is better than fine perfume,aa

and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.ab

It is better to go to a house of mourning

than to go to a house of feasting,

since that is the end of all mankind,

and the living should take it to heart.ac

Grief is better than laughter,

for when a face is sad, a heart may be glad.ad

The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning,

but the heart of fools is in a house of pleasure.

It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person

than to listen to the song of fools,ae

for like the crackling of burning thorns under the pot,af

so is the laughter of the fool.

This too is futile.

Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool,a

and a bribe corrupts the mind.b

The end of a matter is better than its beginning;

a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.c

Don’t let your spirit rush to be angry,

for anger abides in the heart of fools.d

10 Don’t say, “Why were the former days better than these?”e

since it is not wise of you to ask this.

11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance

and an advantage to those who see the sun,

12 because wisdom is protection as silver is protection;

but the advantage of knowledge

is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.f

13 Consider the work of God,g

for who can straighten out

what he has made crooked?h

14 In the day of prosperity be joyful,i but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other,j so that no one can discover anything that will come after him.


15 In my futile lifeA I have seen everything:k someone righteous perishes in spite of his righteousness,l and someone wicked lives long in spite of his evil.m 16 Don’t be excessively righteous, and don’t be overly wise.n Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Don’t be excessively wicked, and don’t be foolish. Why should you die before your time?o 18 It is good that you grasp the one and do not let the other slip from your hand. For the one who fears God will end up with both of them.

19 Wisdom makes the wise person stronger

than ten rulers of a city.p

20 There is certainly no one righteous on the earth

who does good and never sins.q

21 Don’t pay attentionB to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you,r 22 for in your heart you know that many times you yourself have cursed others.


23 I have tested all this by wisdom. I resolved, “I will be wise,” but it was beyond me. 24 What exists is beyond reach and very deep.s Who can discover it? 25 I turned my thoughts to know, explore, and examine wisdomt and an explanation for things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity and folly is madness. 26 And I find more bitter than deathu the woman who is a trap:v her heart a net and her hands chains. The one who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner will be captured by her. 27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “I have discovered this by adding one thing to another to find out the explanation, 28 which my soul continually searches for but does not find: I found one person in a thousand, but none of those was a woman.w 29 Only see this: I have discovered that God made people upright,x but they pursued many schemes.”


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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