Matthew Bible

Ecclesiastes 7

Remedies against vanity are, a good name,

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is more worth then a precious oyntemente, and the day of death is better then the daye of byrthe.

mortification,

Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go into an house of mourning, then into a bancketynge house. For there is the ende of all men, and he that is lyuyng, taketh it to hert. Ecclesiastes 7:3 It is better to be sory then to laugh, for when the countenaunce is heauye, the herte is ioyfull. Ecclesiastes 7:4 The herte of the wyse is in the mournyng house, but the hert of the folish is in the house of myrthe. Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to geue eare to the chastenyng of a wyse man, then to heare the song of fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:6 For the laughing of fooles is lyke the crackinge of thornes vnder a pot, And that is but a vayne thing.

patience,

Ecclesiastes 7:7 Who so doeth wronge, maketh a wyse man to goo out of hys wytte, and destroyeth agentle herte. Ecclesiastes 7:8 The ende of a thyng is better then the begynnynge. The pacient of spirite is better then the hye mynded. Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hastelye angrye in thy mynde, for wrath resteth in the bosome of a foole. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Saye not thou: What is the cause that the dayes of the olde tyme were better, then they that be now? for that were no wyse question.

wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wysdome is better then ritches, yea much more worth then the eye syght. Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wysdome defendeth as well as money, and the excellent knowledge and wysdome geueth life vnto him that hath it in possession. Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consyder the worke of God, how that no man can make þe thyng strayght whych he maketh croked. Ecclesiastes 7:14 Vse well the tyme of prosperyty, and remembre the time of misfortune: for God maketh the one by þe other. so that a man can fynd nothyng els. Ecclesiastes 7:15 These .ij. things also haue I considered in the tyme of vanytye: that þe iust man perisheth for hys ryghtuousnes sake, and the vngodly lyued in hys wickednesse. Ecclesiastes 7:16 Therefore be thou nether to rightuous ner ouer wyse, that thou perysh not: Ecclesiastes 7:17 be nether to vnrightuous also ner to folyshe, lest thou dye before thy tyme. Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good for the to take hold of thys, and not to let that go out of thy hand. For he þt fereth God shal escape them al. Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom geueth more corage vnto the wise then ten myghty men of the cyty: Ecclesiastes 7:20 for there is not one iuste vpon earth, that doth good, and synneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:21 Take not hede vnto euery word that is spoken, leste thou heare thy seruaunt curse the: Ecclesiastes 7:22 for thyne owne herte knoweth, that thou thy selfe also hast ofte tymes spoken euell by other men.

The difficulty of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 All these thynges haue I proued because of wysdome: for I thought to be wise, but she went farther fro me Ecclesiastes 7:24 then she was before, yea and so depe that I might not reach vnto her Ecclesiastes 7:25 I aplied my minde also vnto knowledg, and to seke out science wysdome and vnderstandynge: to know the foolishnesse of the vngodly, and the erroure of dotynge fooles. Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I founde, that a woman is bytterrer then death: for she is a very angle, her herte is a net, and her handes are cheynes. Who so pleaseth God shall escape from her, but the synner wil be taken wt her. Ecclesiastes 7:27 Beholde (sayeth the preacher) this haue I dilygently searched oute and proued, that I myght come by knowledge: whych 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 thys onely haue I founde, that God made man iust and right, but they seke dyuerse soteltyes,

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