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Ecclesiastes 7 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:1 - A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death, than the day of birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:2 - It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting; for this is the end of all men, and the living will lay it to heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:3 - Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad.
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 for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:6 - For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:7 - Surely oppression makes the wise man foolish, and a bribe corrupts the mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:9 - Be not quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:10 - Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:11 - Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:12 - For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money; and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:13 - Consider the work of God; who can make straight what he has made crooked?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:14 - In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:15 - In my vain life I have seen everything; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil-doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:16 - Be not righteous overmuch, and do not make yourself overwise; why should you destroy yourself?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:17 - Be not wicked overmuch, neither be a fool; why should you die before your time?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:18 - It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand; for he who fears God shall come forth from them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:19 - Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:20 - Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:21 - Do not give heed to all the things that men say, lest you hear your servant cursing you;
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:22 - your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:23 - All this I have tested by wisdom; I said, "I will be wise"; but it was far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:24 - That which is, is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:25 - I turned my mind to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the sum of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness which is madness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:26 - And I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters; he who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:27 - Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, adding one thing to another to find the sum,
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:28 - which my mind has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 7:29 - Behold, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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