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Ecclesiastes 7 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:1 - A good reputation is better than precious perfume; likewise, 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 funeral than a feast. For death is the destiny of every person, and the living should take this to heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:3 - Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart.
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 merrymaking.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:5 - It is better for a person to receive a rebuke from those who are wise than to listen to the song of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:6 - For like the crackling of quick-burning thorns under a cooking pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This kind of folly also is useless.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:7 - Surely oppression can turn a wise person into a fool; likewise, a bribe corrupts the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 - The end of a matter is better than its beginning; likewise, patience is better than pride.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:9 - Do not let yourself be quickly provoked, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:10 - Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these days?" for it is not wise to ask that.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:11 - Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing; it benefits those who see the light of day.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For wisdom provides protection, just as money provides protection. But the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:13 - Consider the work of God: For who can make straight what he has bent?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:14 - In times of prosperity be joyful, but in times of adversity consider this: God has made one as well as the other, so that no one can discover what the future holds.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - During the days of my fleeting life I have seen both of these things: Sometimes a righteous person dies prematurely in spite of his righteousness, and sometimes a wicked person lives long in spite of his evil deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:16 - So do not be excessively righteous or excessively wise; otherwise you might be disappointed.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:17 - Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool; otherwise you might die before your time.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:18 - It is best to take hold of one warning without letting go of the other warning; for the one who fears God will follow both warnings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:19 - Wisdom gives a wise person more protection than ten rulers in a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:20 - For there is not one truly righteous person on the earth who continually does good and never sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:21 - Also, do not pay attention to everything that people say; otherwise, you might even hear your servant cursing you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:22 - For you know in your own heart that you also have cursed others many times.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - I have examined all this by wisdom; I said, "I am determined to comprehend this" - but it was beyond my grasp.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:24 - Whatever has happened is beyond human understanding; it is far deeper than anyone can fathom.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:25 - I tried to understand, examine, and comprehend the role of wisdom in the scheme of things, and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the insanity of folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:26 - I discovered this: More bitter than death is the kind of woman who is like a hunter's snare; her heart is like a hunter's net and her hands are like prison chains. The man who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is captured by her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:27 - The Teacher says: I discovered this while trying to discover the scheme of things, item by item.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:28 - What I have continually sought, I have not found; I have found only one upright man among a thousand, but I have not found one upright woman among all of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:29 - This alone have I discovered: God made humankind upright, but they have sought many evil schemes.

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