1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 7

Remedies against vanity are, a good name,

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A [Good] name [is] better then precious ointment: and the day of death, then the day of ones birth.


Ecclesiastes 7:2 It [is] better to goe to the house of mourning, then to goe to the house of feasting: for that [is] the end of all men, and the liuing will lay [it] to his heart. Ecclesiastes 7:3 Sorrow [is] better then laughter: for by the sadnesse of the countenance the heart is made better. Ecclesiastes 7:4 The heart of the wise [is] in the house of mourning: but the heart of fooles [is] in the house of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:5 It [is] better to heare the rebuke of the wise, then for a man to heare the song of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:6 For as the crackling of thornes vnder a pot, so [is] the laughter of the foole: this also [is] vanitie.


Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad: and a gift destroyeth the heart. Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better [is] the ende of a thing then the beginning thereof: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better then the proude in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hastie in thy spirit to bee angry: for anger resteth in the bosome of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, What is [the cause] that the former dayes were better then these? For thou doest not enquire wisely concerning this.


Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisedome is good with an inheritance: and [by it] there is profite to them that see the sunne. Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisedome [is] a defence, [and] money [is] a defence: but the excellencie of knowledge [is], that wisedome giueth life to them that haue it. Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the worke of God: for who can make that straight, which hee hath made crooked? Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperitie be ioyfull, but in the day of aduersitie consider: God also hath set the one ouer against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. Ecclesiastes 7:15 All things haue I seene in the dayes of my vanitie: there is a iust man that perisheth in his righteousnes, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth [his life] in his wickednes. Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous ouer much, neither make thy selfe ouer wise: why shouldest thou destroy thy selfe? Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not ouermuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? Ecclesiastes 7:18 It [is] good that thou shouldest take holde of this, yea also from this withdraw not thine hand: for hee that feareth God, shall come foorth of them all. Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisedome strengtheneth the wise, more then ten mightie men which are in the citie. Ecclesiastes 7:20 For [there is] not a iust man vpon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:21 Also take no heede vnto all words that are spoken; lest thou heare thy seruant curse thee. Ecclesiastes 7:22 For often times also thine owne heart knoweth, that thou thy selfe likewise hast cursed others.

The difficulty of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 All this haue I prooued by wisedome: I said, I will be wise, but it [was] farre from me. Ecclesiastes 7:24 That which is farre off, and exceeding deepe, who can finde it out? Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applyed mine heart to know, and to search, and to seeke out wisdome, and the reason [of things], aud to know the wickednes of folly, euen of foolishnesse [and] madnesse. Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I finde more bitter then death, the woman whose heart is snares & nets, [and] her handes [as] bands: who so pleaseth God, shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her. Ecclesiastes 7:27 Behold, this haue I found (saith the Preacher) [counting] one by one to finde out the account: Ecclesiastes 7:28 Which yet my soule seeketh, but I finde not: one man among a thousand haue I found, but a woman among all those haue I not found. Ecclesiastes 7:29 Loe, this onely haue I found, that God hath made man vpright: but they haue sought out many inuentions.

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