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Ecclesiastes 7

Remedies against vanity are, a good name,

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better then a good oyntment, and the day of death, then the day that one is borne.

mortification,

Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to goe to the house of mourning, then to goe to the house of feasting, because this is the ende of all men: and the liuing shall lay it to his heart. Ecclesiastes 7:3 Anger is better then laughter: for by a sad looke 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 Better it is to heare ye rebuke of a wise man, then that a man should heare the song of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:6 For like ye noyse of the thornes vnder the pot, so is the laughter of the foole: this also is vanitie.

patience,

Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad: and the rewarde destroyeth the heart. Ecclesiastes 7:8 The ende of a thing is better then the beginning thereof, and the pacient in spirit is better then the proude in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not thou of an hastie spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosome of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, Why is it that the former dayes were better then these? For thou doest not enquire wisely of this thing.

wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisedome is good with an inheritance, and excellent to them that see the sunne. Ecclesiastes 7:12 For man shall rest in the shadowe of wisedome, and in the shadowe of siluer: but the excellencie of the knowledge of wisedome giueth life to the possessers thereof. Ecclesiastes 7:13 Beholde the worke of God: for who can make straight that which he hath made crooked? Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of wealth be of good comfort, and in the day of affliction consider: God also hath made this contrary to that, to the intent that man shoulde finde nothing after him. Ecclesiastes 7:15 I haue seene all things in the dayes of my vanitie: there is a iust man that perisheth in his iustice, and there is a wicked man that continueth long in his malice. Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not thou iust ouermuch, neither make thy selfe ouerwise: wherefore shouldest thou be desolate? Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not thou wicked ouermuch, neither be thou foolish: wherefore shouldest thou perish not in thy time? Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that thou lay hold on this: but yet withdrawe not thine hand from that: for he that feareth God, shall come forth of them all. Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisedome shall strengthen the wise man more then ten mightie princes that are in ye citie. Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is no man iust in the earth, that doeth good and sinneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:21 Giue not thine heart also to all ye wordes that men speake, lest thou doe heare thy seruant cursing thee. Ecclesiastes 7:22 For often times also thine heart knoweth that thou likewise hast cursed others.

The difficulty of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 All this haue I prooued by wisedome: I thought I will be wise, but it went farre from me. Ecclesiastes 7:24 It is farre off, what may it be? And it is a profound deepenesse, who can finde it? Ecclesiastes 7:25 I haue compassed about, both I and mine heart to knowe and to enquire and to search wisedome, and reason, and to knowe the wickednesse of follie, and the foolishnesse of madnesse, Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I finde more bitter then death the woman whose heart is as nettes and snares, and her handes, as bands: he that is good before God, shalbe deliuered from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her. Ecclesiastes 7:27 Beholde, sayth the Preacher, this haue I found, seeking one by one to finde the count: Ecclesiastes 7:28 And yet my soule seeketh, but I finde it not: I haue found one man of a thousand: but a woman among them all haue I not founde. Ecclesiastes 7:29 Onely loe, this haue I founde, that God hath made man righteous: but they haue sought many inuentions.

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