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Ecclesiastes 7

7:1 A Good name is better then precious ointment: and the day of death, then the day of ones birth. 7:2 It is better to goe to the house of mourning, then to goe to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men, and the liuing will lay it to his heart. 7:3 Sorrow is better then laughter: for by the sadnesse of the countenance the heart is made better. 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning: but the heart of fooles is in the house of mirth. 7:5 It is better to heare the rebuke of the wise, then for a man to heare the song of fooles. 7:6 For as the crackling of thornes vnder a pot, so is the laughter of the foole: this also is vanitie. 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad: and a gift destroyeth the heart. 7:8 Better is the ende of a thing then the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better then the proude in spirit. 7:9 Be not hastie in thy spirit to bee angry: for anger resteth in the bosome of fooles. 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former dayes were better then these For thou doest not enquire wisely concerning this. 7:11 Wisedome is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profite to them that see the sunne. 7:12 For wisedome is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellencie of knowledge is, that wisedome giueth life to them that haue it. 7:13 Consider the worke of God: for who can make that straight, which hee hath made crooked 7:14 In the day of prosperitie be ioyfull, but in the day of aduersitie consider: God also hath set the one ouer against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. 7:15 All things haue I seene in the dayes of my vanitie: there is a iust man that perisheth in his righteousnes, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickednes. 7:16 Be not righteous ouer much, neither make thy selfe ouer wise: why shouldest thou destroy thy selfe 7:17 Be not ouermuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time 7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take holde of this, yea also from this withdraw not thine hand: for hee that feareth God, shall come foorth of them all. 7:19 Wisedome strengtheneth the wise, more then ten mightie men which are in the citie. 7:20 For there is not a iust man vpon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. 7:21 Also take no heede vnto all words that are spoken; lest thou heare thy seruant curse thee. 7:22 For often times also thine owne heart knoweth, that thou thy selfe likewise hast cursed others. 7:23 All this haue I prooued by wisedome: I said, I will be wise, but it was farre from me. 7:24 That which is farre off, and exceeding deepe, who can finde it out 7:25 I applyed mine heart to know, and to search, and to seeke out wisdome, and the reason of things, aud to know the wickednes of folly, euen of foolishnesse and madnesse. 7:26 And I finde more bitter then death, the woman whose heart is snares & nets, and her handes as bands: who so pleaseth God, shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her. 7:27 Behold, this haue I found (saith the Preacher) counting one by one to finde out the account: 7:28 Which yet my soule seeketh, but I finde not: one man among a thousand haue I found, but a woman among all those haue I not found. 7:29 Loe, this onely haue I found, that God hath made man vpright: but they haue sought out many inuentions.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain