Comparing Wisdom and Folly1 A good name is above [2oil 1good], and the day of death above the day of birth. 2 It is good to go into a house of mourning, than than to go into a house of a banquet; in so far as this is the end of every man; and the living man will give good to his heart. 3 Better is rage than laughter, for by hurt of countenance [2will be made better 1the heart]. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; and the heart of fools is in the house of gladness. 5 It is good to hear the reproach of the wise, than for a man to hear songs of fools. 6 As the sound of the thorn-bushes burning under the kettle, so the laughter, the one of the fools; and indeed this is folly. 7 For extortion drives [2mad 1the wise man], and destroys the [3heart 1magnanimity 2of his]. 8 Better the last of matters than its beginning; better the lenient than high spirit. 9 You should not hasten in your spirit to be enraged, for rage [2in 3the bosom 4of fools 1shall rest]. 10 You should not say, What happened that the [2days 1former] were good over these? for [2not 3in 4wisdom 1you asked] concerning this. 11 [2is good 1Wisdom] with an allotment and abundance to the ones viewing the sun. 12 For [2in 3its shadow 1wisdom] is as the shadow of silver; and the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom will restore to life the one having it. 13 Behold the actions of God! For who shall be able to adorn what ever God should turn from him? 14 In the day of goodness live in good! and look out in the day of evil! Behold! and indeed with one [3harmony 4with these 2caused 1God] concerning speech, that [2should not find 1man 4after 5him 3anything]. 15 All things I beheld in days of my folly. There is a just man being destroyed in his justice, and there is an impious man abiding in his evil. 16 Do not become [2righteous 1super], nor discern extra, lest at any time you should be overwhelmed! 17 You should not be [2impious 1super], and do not become hard, that you should not die in your time! 18 It is good for you to hold fast by this; and indeed of this you should not defile your hand. For to the ones fearing God all things shall go forth. 19 Wisdom will give help to the wise one over ten exercising authority, of the ones being in the city. 20 For [3man 1there is no 2just] on the earth who shall do good and shall not sin. 21 And indeed unto all the words which they shall speak, you should not put them to your heart, so that you should not hear your servant cursing you. 22 For very often he will act wickedly against you, and returning many times he shall inflict your heart; that as also indeed you cursed others. 23 All these things I tested in wisdom. I said, I shall be discerning, but it was far from me. 24 Far above what was, and a deep depth -- who shall find it? 25 [4circled about 1I 2and 3my heart] to know, and to survey, and to seek wisdom, and the reckoning of things, and to know the impious man's foolishness, and rioting, and deviation. 26 And I find her more bitter than death -- with the woman in which [2is 3snares 4and 5dragnets 1her heart], and a bond in her hands. He that is good before the face of God shall be delivered from her; and the one sinning will be seized with her. 27 Behold! this I found, said the ecclesiastic, counting one by one, to find a device, 28 which [2anxiously sought 1my soul], and I did not find. Even [2man 1one] from out of a thousand did I find. And a woman among all these I did not find. 29 Except behold! this I found, that God dealt with the [2man 1upright]. And they sought [2devices 1many]. Who knows the wise? And who knows the loosening of a saying?
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