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.
Than to go to a house of feasting,
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.
So is the blaughter of the fool;
And this too is futility.
7 For aoppression makes a wise man mad,
8 The aend of a matter is better than its beginning;
bPatience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
For anger resides in the bosom of fools.
For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
And an aadvantage to those who see the sun.
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.
15 I have seen everything during my 1alifetime of futility; there is ba righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is ca wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness. 16 Do not be excessively arighteous and do not bbe overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? 17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you adie before your time? 18 It is good that you grasp one thing and also not 1let go of the other; for the one who afears God comes forth with 2both of them.
19 aWisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Indeed, athere is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins. 21 Also, do not 1take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant acursing you. 22 For 1you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
23 I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, “I will be wise,” abut it was far from me. 24 What has been is remote and aexceedingly 1mysterious. bWho can discover it? 25 I 1adirected my 2mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness. 26 And I discovered more abitter than death the woman whose heart is bsnares and nets, whose hands are chains. cOne who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but dthe sinner will be captured by her.
27 “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “adding one thing to another to find an explanation, 28 which 1I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a awoman among all these. 29 “Behold, I have found only this, that aGod made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”
About New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update
The New American Standard Bible, long considered a favorite study Bible by serious students of the Scriptures, has been completely revised and updated in this new 1995 translation. Preserving the Lockman Foundation's standard of creating a literal translation of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic manuscripts, the 1995 NASB provides a literal translation that is very readable. Formalized language and outdated words and phrases have been replaced with their contemporary counterparts. In short, the 1995 NASB is a Bible translation that is very conducive to word-by-word study and is also able to be read (and understood) by the whole family.
New American Standard Bible
NAS Cross References and Translator's Notes
NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
The "NASB," "NAS," "New American Standard Bible," and "New American Standard" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by The Lockman Foundation. Use of these trademarks requires the permission of The Lockman Foundation.
PERMISSION TO QUOTE
The text of the New American Standard Bible® may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of The Lockman Foundation, providing that the verses do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for more than 25% of the total work in which they are quoted.
Notice of Copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the work as follows:
"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission."
When quotations from the NASB® text are used in not-for-sale media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, the abbreviation (NASB) may be used at the end of the quotation.
This permission to quote is limited to material which is wholly manufactured in compliance with the provisions of the copyright laws of the United States of America and all applicable international conventions and treaties.
Quotations and/or reprints in excess of the above limitations, or other permission requests, must be directed to and approved in writing by The Lockman Foundation, PO Box 2279, La Habra, CA 90632-2279, (714) 879-3055. http://www.lockman.org