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Ecclesiastes 7

7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. (7:1) "A good name is better than precious ointment."
7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (7:3-4) "Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth."
Is it good to be happy?

(7:5-12)

(7:5) "It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools."

7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (7:8) "The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."
7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. (7:9) "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."
7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. (7:10) "Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this."
7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
7:12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. (7:12) "For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it."
7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. (7:15) "There is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.."
Has there ever been a just person?
Does God destroy both the righteous and the wicked?
7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.
7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (7:20) "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
Does anyone ever do anything good?
Has there ever been a just person?
Do Christians sin?

(7:21) "Take no heed unto all words that are spoken."
Don't pay attention to everything people say.

7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:
7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? (7:24)
"That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?"
Who can find out? We can by using science! The earth, ocean, solar system, galaxy, and universe -- nothing is too deep or far away for science to discover and explore.

(7:25) "I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things."

7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:
7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. (7:28) "I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found."
The Preacher could find a few good men (maybe one in a thousand or so), but not a single good woman.
7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

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