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Ecclesiastes 7 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Value of Practical Wisdom
The Value of Practical Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:1 - A good name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:2 - 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 take it to heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:3 - Sorrow is better than laughter,
For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.
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 like the crackling of thorns under a pot,
So is the laughter of the fool.
This also is vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:7 - Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason,
And a bribe debases the heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 - The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:9 - Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:10 - Do not say,
“Why were the former days better than these?”
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:11 - Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
And profitable to those who see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense,
But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:13 - Consider the work of God;
For who can make straight what He has made crooked?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:14 - In the day of prosperity be joyful,
But in the day of adversity consider:
Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other,
So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - I have seen everything in my days of vanity:

There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness,
And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:16 - Do not be overly righteous,
Nor be overly wise:
Why should you destroy yourself?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:17 - Do not be overly wicked,
Nor be foolish:
Why should you die before your time?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:18 - It is good that you grasp this,
And also not remove your hand from the other;
For he who fears God will escape them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:19 - Wisdom strengthens the wise
More than ten rulers of the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:20 - For there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:21 - Also do not take to heart everything people say,
Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:22 - For many times, also, your own heart has known
That even you have cursed others.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - All this I have proved by wisdom.
I said, “I will be wise”;
But it was far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:24 - As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep,
Who can find it out?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:25 - I applied my heart to know,
To search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things,
To know the wickedness of folly,
Even of foolishness and madness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:26 - And I find more bitter than death
The woman whose heart is snares and nets,
Whose hands are fetters.
He who pleases God shall escape from her,
But the sinner shall be trapped by her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:27 - “Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher,
Adding one thing to the other to find out the reason,
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:28 - Which my soul still seeks but I cannot find:
One man among a thousand I have found,
But a woman among all these I have not found.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:29 - Truly, this only I have found:
That God made man upright,
But they have sought out many schemes.”

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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