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Ecclesiastes 7 :: American Standard Version (ASV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:1 - A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one’s birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:2 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:3 - Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:4 - The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:5 - It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:6 - For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:7 - Surely extortion maketh the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroyeth the understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:9 - Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:10 - Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:11 - Wisdom is as good as an inheritance; yea, more excellent is it for them that see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:13 - Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:14 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:16 - Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:17 - Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:18 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:19 - Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:20 - Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:21 - Also take not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:22 - for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - All this have I proved in wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:24 - That which is, is far off and exceeding deep; who can find it out?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:25 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:26 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:27 - Behold, this have I found, saith the Preacher, laying one thing to another, to find out the account;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:28 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:29 - Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Thomas Nelson & Sons first published the American Standard Version in 1901. This translation of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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