Ecclesiastes 7:1-12

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Wisdom 1A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of 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.

3Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.

4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

5It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

6Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.

7Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

8The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

9Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

10Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.

11Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who 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.