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Ecclesiastes 7 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Better is a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.

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Better to go unto a house of mourning, Than to go unto a house of banqueting, For that is the end of all men, And the living layeth it unto his heart.

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Better is sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of the face the heart becometh better.

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The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, And the heart of fools in a house of mirth.

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Better to hear a rebuke of a wise man, Than for a man to hear a song of fools,

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For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So is the laughter of a fool, even this is vanity.

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Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.

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Better is the latter end of a thing than its beginning, Better is the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.

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Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, For anger in the bosom of fools resteth.

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Say not thou, 'What was it, That the former days were better than these?' For thou hast not asked wisely of this.

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Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And an advantage it is to those beholding the sun.

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For wisdom is a defense, money is a defence, And the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom is, She reviveth her possessors.

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See the work of God, For who is able to make straight that which He made crooked?

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The whole I have considered in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous one perishing in his righteousness, and there is a wrong-doer prolonging himself in his wrong.

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Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art thou desolate?

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Do not much wrong, neither be thou a fool, why dost thou die within thy time?

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It is good that thou dost lay hold on this, and also, from that withdrawest not thy hand, for whoso is fearing God goeth out with them all.

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The wisdom giveth strength to a wise man, more than wealth the rulers who have been in a city.

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Because there is not a righteous man on earth that doth good and sinneth not.

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Also to all the words that they speak give not thy heart, that thou hear not thy servant reviling thee.

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For many times also hath thy heart known that thou thyself also hast reviled others.

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All this I have tried by wisdom; I have said, 'I am wise,' and it is far from me.

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Far off is that which hath been, and deep, deep, who doth find it?

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I have turned round, also my heart, to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and reason, and to know the wrong of folly, and of foolishness the madness.

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And I am finding more bitter than death, the woman whose heart is nets and snares, her hands are bands; the good before God escapeth from her, but the sinner is captured by her.

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See, this I have found, said the Preacher, one to one, to find out the reason

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(that still my soul had sought, and I had not found), One man, a teacher, I have found, and a woman among all these I have not found.

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See, this alone I have found, that God made man upright, and they -- they have sought out many devices.
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