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Ecclesiastes 7

Remedies against vanity are, a good name,

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is more worth then a precious oyntment, and the daye of death is better the ye daye of byrth.


Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go in to an house of mournynge, then in to a bancket house. For there is the ende of all men, and he that is lyuinge, taketh it to herte. Ecclesiastes 7:3 It is better to be sory then to laugh, for whe the countenaunce is heuy, the herte is ioyfull. Ecclesiastes 7:4 The herte of ye wyse is in the mournynge house, but the hert of the foolish is in the house of myrth. Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to geue eare to the chastenynge of a wyse man, then to heare the songe of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:6 For the laughinge of fooles is like ye crackynge of thornes vnder a pott. And yt is but a vayne thinge.


Ecclesiastes 7:7 Who so doeth wronge, maketh a wyse man to go out of his witt, and destroyeth a gentle hert. Ecclesiastes 7:8 The ende of a thinge is better then the begynnynge. The pacient of sprete is better then the hie mynded. Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not haistely angrie in yi mynde, for wrath resteth in the bosome of a foole. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Saye not thou: What is the cause that ye dayes of ye olde tyme were better, then they yt be now? for that were no wyse question.


Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wysdome is better then riches, yee moch more worth then the eye sight. Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wysdome defendeth as well as moneye, and the excellent knowlege and wysdome geueth life vnto him that hath it in possession. Ecclesiastes 7:13 Considre the worke of God, how that no man can make the thinge straight, which he maketh croked. Ecclesiastes 7:14 Vse well the tyme of prosperite, and remembre the tyme of mysfortune: for God maketh the one by the other, so that a man can fynde nothinge els. Ecclesiastes 7:15 These ij. thiges also haue I cosidred in ye tyme of vanite: yt the iust man perisheth for his rightuousnes sake, & the vngodly liueth in his wickednesse. Ecclesiastes 7:16 Therfore be thou nether to rightuous ner ouer wyse, yt thou perish not: Ecclesiastes 7:17 be nether to vnrightuous also ner to foolish, lest thou die before thy tyme. Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good for the to take holde of this, & not to let yt go out of thy hande. For he yt feareth God shal escape them all. Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wysdome geueth more corage vnto the wyse, then ten mightie men of the citie: Ecclesiastes 7:20 for there is not one iust vpo earth, yt doth good, & sinneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:21 Take not hede vnto euery worde yt is spoken, lest thou heare thy seruaunt curse the: Ecclesiastes 7:22 for thine owne hert knoweth, that thou thy self also hast oft tymes spoke euell by other men.

The difficulty of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 All these thinges haue I proued because of wysdome: for I thought to be wyse, but she wente farther fro me Ecclesiastes 7:24 then she was before, yee & so depe that I might not reach vnto her. Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied my mynde also vnto knowlege, and to seke out sciece, wisdome and vnderstondinge: to knowe the foolishnesse of the vngodly, and the erroure of dotinge fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I founde, that a woman is bytterer then death: for she is a very angle, hir hert is a nett, and hir handes are cheynes. Who so pleaseth God shal escape from her, but the synner will be taken wt her. Ecclesiastes 7:27 Beholde (sayeth ye preacher) this haue I diligently searched out & proued, yt I might come by knowlege: which as yet I seke, and fynde it not. Ecclesiastes 7:28 Amonge a thousande men I haue founde one, but not one woman amonge all. Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this onely haue I founde, that God made man iust & right, but they seke dyuerse sotylties,

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