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Ecclesiastes 7 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Wise Sayings
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A good name is better than fine perfume,

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

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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.

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Grief is better than laughter,

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

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

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

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It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person

than to listen to the song of fools,

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for like the crackling of burning thorns under the pot,

so is the laughter of the fool.

This too is futile.

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

and a bribe corrupts the mind.

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The end of a matter is better than its beginning;

a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.

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Don’t let your spirit rush to be angry,

for anger abides in the heart of fools.

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

since it is not wise of you to ask this.

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Wisdom is as good as an inheritance

and an advantage to those who see the sun,

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because wisdom is protection as silver is protection;

but the advantage of knowledge

is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.

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Consider the work of God,

for who can straighten out

what he has made crooked?

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

Avoiding Extremes
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In my futile life[fn] I have seen everything: someone righteous perishes in spite of his righteousness, and someone wicked lives long in spite of his evil.

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Don’t be excessively righteous, and don’t be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

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Don’t be excessively wicked, and don’t be foolish. Why should you die before your time?

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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.

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Wisdom makes the wise person stronger

than ten rulers of a city.

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There is certainly no one righteous on the earth

who does good and never sins.

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Don’t pay attention[fn] to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you,

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for in your heart you know that many times you yourself have cursed others.

What the Teacher Found
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I have tested all this by wisdom. I resolved, “I will be wise,” but it was beyond me.

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What exists is beyond reach and very deep. Who can discover it?

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I turned my thoughts to know, explore, and examine wisdom and an explanation for things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity and folly is madness.

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And I find more bitter than death the woman who is a trap: her heart a net and her hands chains. The one who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner will be captured by her.

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“Look,” says the Teacher, “I have discovered this by adding one thing to another to find out the explanation,

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“which my soul continually searches for but does not find: I found one person in a thousand, but none of those was a woman.

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“Only see this: I have discovered that God made people upright, but they pursued many schemes.”

CSB Footnotes
Lit days
Lit Don’t give your heart

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