Bible: Ecclesiastes 7:1-29
Life is Brief and Death is Certain!
7:2 It is better to go to a funeral 9
than a feast. 10
7:3 Sorrow 16 is better than laughter,
7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of merrymaking. 19
Frivolous Living Versus Wisdom
than to listen to the song 22 of fools.
7:6 For like the crackling of quick-burning thorns 23 under a cooking pot,
so is the laughter of the fool.
Human Wisdom Overturned by Adversity
7:8 The end of a matter 31 is better than its beginning;
7:9 Do not let yourself be quickly provoked, 34
for anger resides in the lap 35 of fools.
7:10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?” 36
for it is not wise to ask that. 37
Wisdom Can Lengthen One’s Life
7:11 Wisdom, like 38 an inheritance, is a good thing;
it benefits those who see the light of day. 39
But the advantage of knowledge is this:
Wisdom preserves the life 44 of its owner.
Wisdom Acknowledges God’s Orchestration of Life
7:13 Consider the work of God:
For who can make straight what he has bent?
7:14 In times of prosperity 45 be joyful,
but in times of adversity 46 consider this:
God has made one as well as the other, 47
so that no one can discover what the future holds. 48
Exceptions to the Law of Retribution
7:17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool;
otherwise 61 you might die before your time.
Wisdom Needed Because No One is Truly Righteous
7:19 Wisdom gives a wise person more protection 66
than ten rulers in a city.
who continually does good and never sins.
7:21 Also, do not pay attention to everything that people 69 say;
7:22 For you know in your own heart 72
that you also have cursed others many times.
Human Wisdom is Limited
7:23 I have examined all this by wisdom;
it is far deeper than anyone can fathom. 78
True Righteousness and Wisdom are Virtually Nonexistent
7:26 I discovered this: 85
her heart is like a hunter’s net and her hands are like prison chains.
The man who pleases God escapes her,
but the sinner is captured by her.
7:27 The Teacher says:
I discovered this while trying to discover the scheme of things, item by item.
7:28 What I have continually sought, I have not found;
but I have not found one upright woman among all of them.
7:29 This alone have I discovered: God made humankind upright,
but they have sought many evil schemes.