Better is a name than good perfume, And the day of
death than the day of birth.
Better to go unto a house of mourning, Than to go unto a
house of banqueting, For that is the end of all men, And the living layeth it
unto his heart.
Better is sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of
the face the heart becometh better.
The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, And
the heart of fools in a house of mirth.
Better to hear a rebuke of a wise man, Than for a man
to hear a song of fools,
For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So is the
laughter of a fool, even this is vanity.
Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth
Better is the latter end of a thing than its
beginning, Better is the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, For anger in the
bosom of fools resteth.
Say not thou, 'What was it, That the former days were better
than these?' For thou hast not asked wisely of this.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And an advantage it
is to those beholding the sun.
For wisdom is a defense, money is a defence,
And the advantage of the knowledge of wisdom is, She reviveth her
See the work of God, For who is able to make straight that
which He made crooked?
In a day of prosperity be in gladness, And in a day of evil
consider. Also this over-against that hath God made, To the intent that man
doth not find anything after him.
The whole I have considered in the days of my vanity. There
is a righteous one perishing in his righteousness, and there is a wrong-doer
prolonging himself in his wrong.
Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art
Do not much wrong, neither be thou a fool, why dost thou die
within thy time?
It is good that thou dost lay hold on this, and also,
from that withdrawest not thy hand, for whoso is fearing God goeth out with
The wisdom giveth strength to a wise man, more than wealth
the rulers who have been in a city.
Because there is not a righteous man on earth that doth good
and sinneth not.
Also to all the words that they speak give not thy heart,
that thou hear not thy servant reviling thee.
For many times also hath thy heart known that thou thyself
also hast reviled others.
All this I have tried by wisdom; I have said, 'I am wise,'
and it is far from me.
Far off is that which hath been, and deep, deep, who
doth find it?
I have turned round, also my heart, to know and to search,
and to seek out wisdom, and reason, and to know the wrong of folly, and of
foolishness the madness.
And I am finding more bitter than death, the woman whose
heart is nets and snares, her hands are bands; the good before
God escapeth from her, but the sinner is captured by her.
See, this I have found, said the Preacher, one to one, to
find out the reason
(that still my soul had sought, and I had not found), One
man, a teacher, I have found, and a woman among all these I have not found.
See, this alone I have found, that God made man upright, and
they -- they have sought out many devices.