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7 A agood name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s bbirth;
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to cheart.
3 1Sorrow is better than laughter,
But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
So is the laughter of the fool.
This also is vanity.
hThe patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9 iDo not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
“Why were the former days better than these?”
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
And profitable jto those who see the sun.
For mwho can make straight what He has made crooked?
14 nIn the day of prosperity be joyful,
But in the day of adversity consider:
Surely God has appointed the one 8as well as the other,
So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
oThere is a just man who perishes in his righteousness,
And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.
16 pDo not be overly righteous,
qNor be overly wise:
Why should you destroy yourself?
Nor be foolish:
rWhy should you die before your time?
And also not remove your hand from the other;
19 tWisdom strengthens the wise
More than ten rulers of the city.
20 uFor there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.
Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
That even you have cursed others.
23 All this I have 1proved by wisdom.
vI said, “I will be wise”;
But it was far from me.
Who can find it out?
25 yI 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.
26 zAnd I find more bitter than death
The woman whose heart is snares and nets,
Whose hands are fetters.
2He who pleases God shall escape from her,
But the sinner shall be trapped by her.
27 “Here is what I have found,” says athe Preacher,
“Adding one thing to the other to find out the reason,
bOne man among a thousand I have found,
But a woman among all these I have not found.
cThat God made man upright,
But dthey have sought out many schemes.”
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