Ecclesiastes 7
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1A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.1A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
2It 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.2It is 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 lay it to his heart.
3Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.3Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
5It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.5It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
6Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.6For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
7Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.7Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
8The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.8Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.9Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
10Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.10Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
11Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.11Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
12Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.12For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
13Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?13Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
14When 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.14In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
15In 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.15All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.
16Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself?16Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
17Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time?17Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
18It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.18It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.
19Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.19Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
20Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.20For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
21Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you--21Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:
22for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.22For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
23All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"-- but this was beyond me.23All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
24Whatever exists is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?24That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
25So 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.25I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
26I 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.26And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
27"Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things--27Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:
28while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.28Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
29This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes."29Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
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Ecclesiastes 6
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