Ecclesiastes 71 A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one’s birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made ▼ glad. ▼
▼ 1) Or better4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. 7 ▼ Surely extortion maketh the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroyeth the understanding. ▼
▼ 1) Or For8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be ▼ angry; for ▼
▼ 2anger resteth in the bosom of fools. ▼
▼ 1) Or vexed 2) Or vexation10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire ▼ wisely concerning this. ▼
▼ 1) Heb out of wisdom11 Wisdom ▼ is as good as an inheritance; yea, more excellent is it for them that see the sun. ▼
▼ 1) Or is good together with an inheritance, and profitable unto them etc12 For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it. 13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yea, God hath made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything that shall be after him. 15 All this have I seen in my days of vanity: there is a righteous man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his evil-doing. 16 Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? 17 Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? 18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth from them all. 19 Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city. 20 ▼ Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. ▼
▼ 1) Or For21 Also ▼ take not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee; ▼
▼ 1) Heb give not thy heart22 for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. 23 All this have I ▼ proved in wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. ▼
▼ 1) Or tried by24 That which ▼ is, is far off and exceeding deep; who can find it out? ▼
▼ 1) Or hath been25 I turned about, and my heart was set to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason of things , and to know ▼ that wickedness is folly, and that foolishness is madness. ▼
▼ 1) Or the wickedness of folly, and foolishness which is madness26 And I find more bitter than death the woman ▼ whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. ▼
▼ 1) Or who is a snare, and her heart is as nets27 Behold, this have I found, saith the Preacher, ▼ laying one thing to another, to find out the account; ▼
▼ 1) Or, weighing one thing after another, to find out the reason28 which my soul still seeketh, but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. 29 Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
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