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Ecclesiastes 7 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Wisdom and Folly Contrasted

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:1 - A good name is better than a good ointment,
And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:2 - It is better to go to a house of mourning
Than to go to a house of feasting,
Because [fn]that is the end of every man,
And the living [fn]takes it to [fn]heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:3 - Sorrow is better than laughter,
For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:4 - The [fn]mind of the wise is in the house of mourning,
While the [fn]mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:5 - It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man
Than for one to listen to the song of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:6 - For as the [fn]crackling of thorn bushes under a pot,
So is the laughter of the fool;
And this too is futility.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:7 - For oppression makes a wise man mad,
And a bribe [fn]corrupts the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 - The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:9 - Do not be [fn]eager in your heart to be angry,
For anger resides in the bosom of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:10 - Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:11 - Wisdom along with an inheritance is good
And an advantage to those who see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For wisdom is [fn]protection just as money is [fn]protection,
But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:13 - Consider the work of God,
For who is able to straighten what He has bent?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:14 - In the day of prosperity be happy,
But in the day of adversity consider
God has made the one as well as the other
So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - I have seen everything during my [fn]lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:16 - Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:17 - Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:18 - It is good that you grasp one thing and also not [fn]let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with [fn]both of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:19 - Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:20 - Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:21 - Also, do not [fn]take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:22 - For [fn]you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:24 - What has been is remote and exceedingly [fn]mysterious. Who can discover it?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:25 - I [fn]directed my [fn]mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:26 - And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:27 - “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher,adding one thing to another to find an explanation,
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:28 - which [fn]I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:29 - “Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”
NASB95 Footnotes
I.e. death
Literally: gives
Literally: his heart
Literally: heart
Literally: voice
Literally: destroys
Literally: hasty in your spirit
Literally: in a shadow
Literally: days
Literally: rest your hand
Literally: all
Literally: give your heart to
Literally: your heart knows also
Literally: deep
Literally: turned about
Literally: heart
Literally: my soul still seeks

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