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Passage Lookup: Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:1


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Ecclesiastes 7:1
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A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Ecclesiastes 7:2
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It 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.
Ecclesiastes 7:3
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Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:4
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The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
Ecclesiastes 7:5
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It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:6
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Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 7:7
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Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:8
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The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Ecclesiastes 7:9
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Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:10
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Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.
Ecclesiastes 7:11
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Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.
Ecclesiastes 7:12
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Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
Ecclesiastes 7:13
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Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
Ecclesiastes 7:14
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When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Ecclesiastes 7:15
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In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
Ecclesiastes 7:16
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Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself?
Ecclesiastes 7:17
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Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time?
Ecclesiastes 7:18
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It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.[1]
Ecclesiastes 7:19
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Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
Ecclesiastes 7:20
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Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:21
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Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—
Ecclesiastes 7:22
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for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
Ecclesiastes 7:23
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All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me.
Ecclesiastes 7:24
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Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it?
Ecclesiastes 7:25
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So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.
Ecclesiastes 7:26
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I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.
Ecclesiastes 7:27
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“Look,” says the Teacher,[1] “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—
Ecclesiastes 7:28
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while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.
Ecclesiastes 7:29
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This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”
Ecclesiastes 8:1
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Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.
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