Eclesiastes 7

1 A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

2 [It 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.

3 {\cf2 (7:5)} Anger is better then laughter: for by a sad looke the heart is made better.

4 {\cf2 (7:6)} The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning: but the heart of fooles is in the house of mirth.

5 {\cf2 (7:7)} Better it is to heare ye rebuke of a wise man, then that a man should heare the song of fooles.

6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so [is] the laughter of the fool: this also [is] vanity.

7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

8 Better [is] the end of a thing than its beginning: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.

9 {\cf2 (7:11)} Be not thou of an hastie spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosome of fooles.

10 Say not thou, What is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

11 Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance: and [by it there is] profit to them that see the sun.

12 {\cf2 (7:14)} For man shall rest in the shadowe of wisedome, and in the shadowe of siluer: but the excellencie of the knowledge of wisedome giueth life to the possessers thereof.

13 {\cf2 (7:15)} Beholde the worke of God: for who can make straight that which he hath made crooked?

14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath appointed the one as well as the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

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.

16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

18 [It is] good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God shall escape from them all.

19 {\cf2 (7:21)} Wisedome shall strengthen the wise man more then ten mightie princes that are in ye citie.

20 {\cf2 (7:22)} Surely there is no man iust in the earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.

21 Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

22 {\cf2 (7:24)} For often times also thine heart knoweth that thou likewise hast cursed others.

23 {\cf2 (7:2)} All this haue I prooued by wisedome: I thought I will be wise, but it went farre from me.

24 That which is far off, and exceedingly deep, who can find it out?

25 {\cf2 (7:27)} I haue compassed about, both I and mine heart to knowe and to enquire and to search wisedome, and reason, and to knowe the wickednesse of follie, and the foolishnesse of madnesse,

26 {\cf2 (7:28)} And I finde more bitter then death the woman whose heart is as nettes and snares, and her handes, as bands: he that is good before God, shalbe deliuered from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her.

27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, [counting] one by one, to find out the account:

28 {\cf2 (7:30)} And yet my soule seeketh, but I finde it not: I haue found one man of a thousand: but a woman among them all haue I not founde.

29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many devices.