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Ecclesiastes 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:1 - A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:2 - It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:3 - Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face 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 pleasure.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:5 - It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:6 - Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:7 - Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 - The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:9 - Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:10 - Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:11 - Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:13 - Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:14 - When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:16 - Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:17 - Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:18 - It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:19 - Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:20 - Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:21 - Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:22 - for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:24 - Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:25 - So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:26 - I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:27 - “Look,” says the Teacher,[fn] “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:28 - while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:29 - This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”
NIV Footnotes
Or will follow them both
Or the leader of the assembly

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