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.
7. Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the
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.
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
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.