NASB — Ecclesiastes 7 — KJV

Wisdom and Folly Contrasted

  1 A agood name is better than a good ointment,
  And the bday of [one’s] death is better than the day of one’s birth.
  2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
  Than to go to a house of feasting,
  Because Ithat is the aend of every man,
  And the living IIbtakes [it] to IIIheart.
  3 aSorrow is better than laughter,
  For bwhen a face is sad a heart may be happy.
  4 The Imind of the wise is in the house of mourning,
  While the Imind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
  5 It is better to alisten to the rebuke of a wise man
  Than for one to listen to the song of fools.
  6 For as the Icrackling of athorn bushes under a pot,
  So is the blaughter of the fool;
  And this too is futility.
  7 For aoppression makes a wise man mad,
  And a bbribe Icorrupts the heart.
  8 The aend of a matter is better than its beginning;
  bPatience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
  9 Do not be Iaeager in your heart to be angry,
  For anger resides in the bosom of fools.
  10 Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?”
  For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
  11 Wisdom along with an inheritance is good
  And an aadvantage to those who see the sun.
  12 For awisdom is Iprotection [just as] money is Iprotection,
  But the advantage of knowledge is that bwisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
  13 Consider the awork of God,
  For who is bable to straighten what He has bent?
  14 aIn the day of prosperity be happy,
  But bin the day of adversity consider
  God has made the one as well as the other
  So that man will cnot discover anything [that will be] after him.

[1] aPv 22:1 bEc 4:2; 7:8
[2] II.e. death IILit gives IIILit his heart aEc 2:14, 16; 3:19, 20; 6:6; 9:2, 3 bPs 90:12
[3] aEc 2:2 b2Co 7:10
[4] ILit heart
[5] aPs 141:5; Pv 6:23; 13:18; 15:31, 32; 25:12; Ec 9:17
[6] ILit voice aPs 58:9; 118:12 bEc 2:2
[7] ILit destroys aEc 4:1; 5:8 bEx 23:8; Dt 16:19; Pv 17:8, 23
[8] aEc 7:1 bPv 14:29; 16:32; Ga 5:22; Ep 4:2
[9] ILit hasty in your spirit aPv 14:17; Jm 1:19
[11] aPv 8:10, 11; Ec 2:13
[12] ILit in a shadow aEc 7:19; 9:18 bPv 3:18; 8:35
[13] aEc 3:11; 8:17 bEc 1:15
[14] aDt 26:11; Ec 3:22; 9:7; 11:9 bDt 8:5; Jb 2:10 cEc 3:22

15 ¶ I have seen everything during my Ialifetime of futility; there is ba righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is ca wicked man who prolongs [his life] in his wickedness. 16 Do not be excessively arighteous and do not bbe overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? 17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you adie before your time? 18 It is good that you grasp one thing and also not Ilet go of the other; for the one who afears God comes forth with IIboth of them.

[15] ILit days aEc 6:12; 9:9 bEc 8:14 cEc 8:12, 13
[16] aPv 25:16; Php 3:6 bRo 12:3
[17] aJb 22:16; Ps 55:23; Pv 10:27
[18] ILit rest your hand IILit all aEc 3:14; 5:7; 8:12, 13; 12:13

19aWisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Indeed, athere is not a righteous man on earth who [continually] does good and who never sins. 21 Also, do not Itake seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant acursing you. 22 For Iyou also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.

[19] aEc 7:12; 9:13-18
[20] a1K 8:46; 2Ch 6:36; Ps 143:2; Pv 20:9; Ro 3:23
[21] ILit give your heart to aPv 30:10
[22] ILit your heart knows also

23 ¶ I tested all this with wisdom, [and] I said, “I will be wise,” abut it was far from me. 24 What has been is remote and aexceedingly Imysterious. bWho can discover it? 25 I Iadirected my IImind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness. 26 And I discovered more abitter than death the woman whose heart is bsnares and nets, whose hands are chains. cOne who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but dthe sinner will be captured by her.

[23] aEc 3:11; 8:17
[24] ILit deep aRo 11:33 bJb 11:7; 37:23; Ec 8:17
[25] ILit turned about IILit heart aEc 1:15, 17; 10:13
[26] aPv 5:4 bPv 7:23 cPv 6:23, 24 dPv 22:14

27 ¶ “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “[adding] one thing to another to find an explanation, 28 which II am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a awoman among all these. 29 Behold, I have found only this, that aGod made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”

[28] ILit my soul still seeks a1K 11:3
[29] aGn 1:27


New American Standard Bible
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.
For Permission to Quote Information visit http://www.lockman.org.
NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
with Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries
Copyright © 1981, 1998 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

Remedies against vanity are, a good name,

1 ¶ A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

[1] Jb 3:17; Ps 133:2; Pv 15:30; 22:1; 27:9; Ec 4:2; 10:1; So 1:3; 4:10; Is 56:5; 57:1; Lk 10:20; Jn 13:2; 2Co 5:1, 8; Php 1:21; He 11:2, 39; Rv 14:13.

mortification,

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. 3 Sorrow [is] better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4 The heart of the wise [is] in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools [is] in the house of mirth. 5 [It is] better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so [is] the laughter of the fool: this also [is] vanity.

[2] Gn 48:1; 49:2; 50:15; Nu 23:10; Dt 32:29, 46; Jb 1:4; Is 5:11; 22:12; 47:7; Am 6:3; Hg 1:5; Mal 2:2; Mt 5:4; 14:6; Ro 6:21; Php 3:19; He 9:27; 1P 4:3.
[3] Ps 119:67, 71; 126:5; Jr 31:8, 15; 50:4; Dn 9:3; 10:2, 19; Zc 12:10; Lk 6:21, 25; Jn 16:20; Ro 5:3; 2Co 4:17; 7:9; He 12:10; Jm 1:2; 4:8.
[4] 1S 25:36; 30:16; 2S 13:28; 1K 20:16; Ne 2:2; Is 21:4; 53:3; Jr 51:39, 57; Dn 5:1, 30; Ho 7:5; Na 1:10; Mt 8:14; Mk 5:38; 6:21; Lk 7:12; Jn 11:31.
[5] Ps 69:12; 141:5; Pv 9:8; 13:13; 15:31; 17:10; 27:6; Rv 3:19.
[6] Ps 58:9; 118:12; Pv 29:9; Ec 2:2; Is 65:13; Am 8:10; Lk 6:25; 16:25; 2P 2:13; Jde 1:12.

patience,

7 ¶ Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart. 8 Better [is] the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 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] Ex 23:8; Dt 16:19; 28:33, 65; 1S 8:3; 12:3; Pv 17:23; Is 1:23; 33:15.
[8] Ps 126:5; Pv 13:10; 14:29; 15:18; 16:32; 28:25; Is 10:24, 28; Lk 16:25; 21:19; Ro 2:7; He 10:36; Jm 5:8, 11; 1P 1:13; 2:20; 5:5.
[9] Gn 4:5, 8; 34:7, 25, 30; 1S 25:21; 2S 13:22, 28, 32; 19:43; Es 3:5; Pv 14:17; 16:32; 26:23; Jna 4:9; Mk 6:19, 24; Ep 4:26; Jm 1:19.
[10] Gn 6:11; Jg 6:13; Ps 14:2; Is 50:1; Jr 44:17; Ro 1:22; 3:9.

wisdom.

11 ¶ Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance: and [by it there is] profit to them that see the sun. 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. 13 Consider the work of God: for who can make [that] straight, which he hath made crooked? 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. 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. 16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? 17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? 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. 19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] which are in the city. 20 For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. 21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: 22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

[11] 1K 3:6; Ec 9:15; 11:7; Lk 16:8; 1Ti 6:17.
[12] Dt 30:19; 32:47; Jg 9:15; Jb 1:10; 22:21; Ps 57:1; Pv 2:7, 11; 3:18; 8:35; 9:11; 11:4; 14:20; 18:10; Is 30:2; 32:2; 33:6; Jn 12:50; 17:3; Php 3:8.
[13] Jb 9:12; 11:10; 12:14; 34:29; 37:14; Ps 8:3; 107:43; Ec 1:15; Is 5:12; 14:27; 43:13; 46:10; Dn 4:35; Ro 9:15, 19; Ep 1:11.
[14] Dt 8:3; 28:47; 1K 8:47; 17:17; 2Ch 33:12; Jb 10:1; Ps 30:11; 40:3; 94:12; 119:71; Ec 3:4; 12:8, 13; Is 22:12; 26:11; 42:25; Jr 23:20; Ho 2:6; Mi 6:9; Hg 1:5; Mt 9:13; Lk 15:17; Jn 16:22; Ac 14:22; Jm 5:13.
[15] Gn 47:9; 1S 22:18; 1K 21:13; 2Ch 24:21; Jb 9:22; 21:7; Ps 39:6; 73:3; Ec 2:23; 3:16; 5:16; 6:12; 8:12, 14; 9:1; Is 65:20; Jr 12:1; Mt 23:34; Jn 16:2; Ac 7:52.
[16] Gn 3:6; Jb 11:12; 28:28; Pv 23:4; 25:16; Ec 12:12; Mt 6:1; 9:14; 15:2; 23:5, 23, 29, 38; Lk 18:12; Ro 10:2; 11:25; 12:3; 1Co 3:18, 20; Php 3:6; Col 2:18, 23; 1Ti 4:3; Jm 3:13; Rv 18:19.
[17] Gn 38:7; 1S 25:38; Jb 15:32; Ps 55:23; Pv 10:27; Jr 2:33; Ezk 8:17; 16:20; Ac 5:5, 10; 12:23; Jm 1:21.
[18] Ps 25:12; 145:19; Pv 4:25; 8:20; Ec 8:12; 11:6; 12:13; Jr 32:40; Mal 4:2; Lk 1:50; 11:42.
[19] 2S 20:16; Pv 21:22; 24:5; Ec 9:15; Col 1:9.
[20] 1K 8:46; 2Ch 6:36; Jb 15:14; Ps 130:3; 143:2; Pv 20:9; Is 53:6; 64:6; Ro 3:23; Jm 3:2; 1Jn 1:8.
[21] 2S 16:10; 19:19; Is 29:21; 1Co 13:5.
[22] 1K 2:44; Mt 15:19; 18:32; Jn 8:7; Jm 3:9.

The difficulty of wisdom.

23 ¶ All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it [was] far from me. 24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? 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: 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. 27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, [counting] one by one, to find out the account: 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. 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

[23] Gn 3:5; 1K 3:11; 11:1; Ro 1:22; 1Co 1:20.
[24] Dt 30:11; Jb 11:7; 28:12, 28; Ps 36:6; 139:6; Is 55:8; Ro 11:33; 1Ti 6:16.
[25] Gn 34:7; Jsh 7:13; 2S 13:12; Pv 17:12; 26:11; Ec 1:13; 2:1, 12, 15, 20; 3:16; 7:27; 9:1, 3; 10:13; Jr 12:1; 2P 2:3; 3:3.
[26] Jg 16:18; Pv 2:18; 5:3; 7:21; 9:18; 22:14; 23:27; Ec 2:26.
[27] Ec 1:1; 7:25; 12:8.
[28] 1K 11:1; Jb 33:23; Ps 12:1; Ec 7:23; Is 26:9.
[29] Gn 1:26; 3:6; 5:1; 6:5, 11; 11:4; Ps 99:8; 106:29, 39; Jr 2:12; 4:22; Ezk 22:6; Mk 7:8; Ac 7:40; Ro 1:21; 3:9; Ep 2:2; Tit 3:3.


KJV 1769 King James Bible Authorized Version (Student's Edition)
©2011 by First Gospel Publications, Zion, Ill. All rights reserved.
For downloads and more information please visit www.FirstGospel.com.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
with Hebrew-Chaldee and Greek Dictionaries
Featuring the qBible.com Living Strong's Lexical Map
©2003 by The WWW Chat Bible Compages. All rights reserved.
For how to use color-coding please view [www.ChatBible.com/key.asp].

Ecclesiastes 7 Top of NASB New American Standard Bible KJV King James Version Red-Letter Strong's Concordance Numbers Cross References & Footnotes

 ChatBible.com  |  Lexicon & Concordance  |  1611Bible.com 
 Search  |  Promote  |  Comment  |  About  | Become a fan.