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Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death [is better] than the day of one's birth.
Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that [death] is the end [destiny] of all men; and the living will lay it [take this] to his heart.
Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Ecc 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth [pleasure].
Ecc 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Ecc 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
Ecc 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Ecc 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Ecc 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
Ecc 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
Ecc 7:12 For wisdom is a defence [shelter], and money is a defence [shelter]: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Ecc 7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
Ecc 7:14 In 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.
Ecc 7:15 All 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.
Ecc 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Ecc 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Ecc 7:18 It 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.
Ecc 7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
Ecc 7:20 For
there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good,
and sinneth not.
[ see similar verses: Rom 3:10, Rom 3:23 ]
Ecc 7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:
Ecc 7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
~ Summary of seeking wisdom
Ecc 7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
Ecc 7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
Ecc 7:25 I applied mine heart to know [understand], and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason [scheme] of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
~ Summarizing a woman, that a man can escape from, by pleasing God (especially by not sinning)
Ecc 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands [chains]: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
~ An observation concerning men and women, with wisdom: Men - 1 in a 1,000; Women - 0 in a 1,000
Ecc 7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:
Ecc 7:28 [
Wisdom ] Which yet my soul seeketh, but [wisdom] I find not:
one man [with wisdom] among a thousand have I found;
but a woman [with wisdom] among all those [among a thousand] have I not found.
[ For verses mentioning women with wisdom see: 2Sa 14:2(1-20), 2Sa 20:16(13-26) ,Pro 14:1 ]
[ Some Bible versions translate this verse,
using the subject (upright) found in the next verse. In this
verse, perhaps Solomon is referring to his 700 wives and 300 concubines
= 1,000 women, which may not have provided an environment conducive to
upright behavior nor wisdom, on the part of those women. ]
one [upright] man among a thousand have I found;
but a [an upright] woman among all those [among a thousand] have I not found.
Ecc 7:29 Lo,
this only have I found, that God hath made man [both men
and women] upright; but they have sought out many inventions [schemes].
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