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Ecclesiastes 7

Remedies against vanity are, a good name,

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is more worth then precious oyntment: & the day of death, is better the the day of byrth.

mortification,

Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go into an house of mourning, then into a banketting house: For there is the ende of all men, and he that is liuing taketh it to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:3 Grauitie is better then to laugh: for when the countenaunce is heauie, the heart is refourmed. Ecclesiastes 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the mourning house: but the heart of the foolishe is in the house of myrth. Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to geue eare to the chastening of a wyse man, then to heare the songue of fooles: Ecclesiastes 7:6 For the laughyng of fooles is like the cracking of thornes vnder a pot: and that is but a vayne thing.

patience,

Ecclesiastes 7:7 The wyse man hateth wrong dealing, and abhorreth the heart that coueteth rewardes. Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is it to consider the ende of a thing then the beginning: The pacient of spirite, is better then the hye minded. Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hastyly angrie in thy minde: for wrath resteth in the bosome of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the dayes of the old time were better then they that be nowe? for that were no wyse question.

wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wysdome with inheritaunce is good, yet better is it with them that without care may beholde the sunne: Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wysdome defendeth aswell as money, and the excellent knowledge & wysdome geueth lyfe vnto hym that hath it in possession. Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the worke of God, how that no man can make the thing straight, whiche he maketh crooked. Ecclesiastes 7:14 Use well the tyme of prosperitie, and remember the tyme of misfortune: for God doth so temper the one and the other, that a man can finde nothing els. Ecclesiastes 7:15 All thinges haue I considered in the time of my vanitie: that the iust man perisheth for his righteousnesse sake, & the vngodly liueth in his wickednesse. Ecclesiastes 7:16 Therfore be thou neither to righteous nor ouer wyse, that thou perishe not. Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be neither to vnrighteous also nor to foolishe, lest thou die before thy time. Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good for thee to take holde of this, and not to let that go out of thy hande: For he that feareth God, commeth foorth with them all. Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wysdome geueth more courage vnto the wyse, then ten mightie men of the citie. Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not one iust vpon earth that doth good, and sinneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:21 Take no heede vnto euery word that is spoken, lest thou heare thy seruaunt curse thee: Ecclesiastes 7:22 for thyne owne heart knoweth that thou thy self also hast ofttimes spoken euyll by other men.

The difficulty of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 All these thinges haue I proued in wysdome, for I thought to be wyse, but she went farther from me then she was before: Ecclesiastes 7:24 yea and so deepe, that I might not reache vnto her. Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied my minde also vnto knowledge, and to seeke and searche out science, wysdome, and vnderstanding, to knowe the foolishnesse of the vngodly, and the errour of doting fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I founde that a woman is bitterer then death, the whiche hath cast abrode her heart as a net that men fishe with, and her handes are chaynes: Who so pleaseth God shall escape from her, but the sinner wyll be taken with her. Ecclesiastes 7:27 Beholde (saith the preacher) this haue I diligently searched out and proued: One thing must be considered with another, that a man may come by knowledge, Ecclesiastes 7:28 which as yet I seeke, and finde it not. Among a thousande men I haue founde one: but not one woman among all. Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo this onlye haue I founde, that God made man iust and right: but they sought many inuentions.

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