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1 Better a good name than costly oil, the day of death than the day of birth.
Prov 22:1  Rev 14:13  Eccl 4:2  Phil 1:21-23  2Cor 5:8  Song 1:3  2Cor 5:1 

2 Better go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting; for to this end everyone comes, let the living take this to heart.
Ps 90:12  Deut 32:29  1Pet 4:3-4  Amos 6:3-6  Deut 32:46  Gen 48:1-22  Gen 49:2-33 

3 Better sadness than laughter: a joyful heart may be concealed behind sad looks.
2Cor 7:9-11  Heb 12:10-11  Jas 4:8-10  Rom 5:3-4  2Cor 4:17  Dan 9:3-19  Dan 10:2-3 

4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, the heart of fools in the house of gaiety.
Matt 8:14-16  1Kgs 20:16  1Sam 25:36  1Sam 30:16  2Sam 13:28  Dan 5:1-4  Dan 5:30 

5 Better attend to the reprimand of the wise than listen to a song sung by a fool.
Prov 15:31-32  Ps 141:5  Prov 13:18  Ps 69:12  Rev 3:19  Prov 9:8  Prov 13:13 

6 For like the crackling of thorns under the cauldron is the laughter of fools: and that too is futile.
Ps 58:9  Ps 118:12  Eccl 2:2  2Pet 2:13-17  Amos 8:10  Isa 65:13-15  Jude 1:12-13 

7 But being oppressed drives a sage mad, and a present corrupts the heart.
Deut 16:19  Exod 23:8  Prov 17:23  Deut 28:33-34  Deut 28:65  Eccl 4:1  1Sam 8:3 

8 Better the end of a matter than its beginning, better patience than ambition.
Prov 14:29  Heb 10:36  1Pet 1:13  Jas 5:8  Luke 21:19  Rom 2:7-8  Prov 16:32 

9 Do not be too easily exasperated, for exasperation dwells in the heart of fools.
Jas 1:19  Prov 14:17  Eph 4:26-27  Prov 16:32  2Sam 19:43  1Sam 25:21-22  2Sam 13:22 

10 Do not ask why the past was better than the present, for this is not a question prompted by wisdom.
Jer 44:17-19  Judg 6:13  Rom 1:22-32  Isa 50:1  Ps 14:2-3  Rom 3:9-19  Gen 6:11-12 

11 Wisdom is as good as a legacy, profitable to those who enjoy the light of the sun.
Eccl 11:7  1Tim 6:17-19  1Kgs 3:6-9  Eccl 2:13  Eccl 9:15-18  Luke 16:8-9  Prov 8:10-11 

12 For as money protects, so does wisdom, and the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom bestows life on those who possess her.
Prov 3:18  Prov 8:35  Deut 30:19-20  Deut 32:47  Isa 30:2  Isa 32:2  Isa 33:6 

13 Consider God's creation: who, for instance, can straighten what God has bent?
Eccl 1:15  Isa 14:27  Job 12:14  Isa 5:12  Isa 46:10-11  Rom 9:19  Dan 4:35 

14 When things are going well, enjoy yourself, and when they are going badly, consider this: God has designed the one no less than the other so that we should take nothing for granted.
Eccl 3:22  Deut 28:47  Eccl 3:4  1Kgs 8:47  1Kgs 17:17-18  2Chr 33:12-13  Acts 14:22 

15 In my futile life, I have seen everything: the upright person perishing in uprightness and the wicked person surviving in wickedness.
Eccl 8:12-14  Eccl 6:12  Matt 23:34-35  1Kgs 21:13  1Sam 22:18-19  2Chr 24:21-22  Acts 7:52 

16 Do not be upright to excess and do not make yourself unduly wise: why should you destroy yourself?
Rom 12:3  Luke 18:12  Jas 3:13-17  Phil 3:6  Prov 25:16  1Cor 3:18  1Cor 3:20 

17 Do not be wicked to excess, and do not be a fool: why die before your time?
Prov 10:27  Ps 55:23  1Sam 25:38  Acts 5:5  Acts 5:10  Acts 12:23  Gen 38:7-10 

18 It is wise to hold on to one and not let go of the other, since the godfearing will find both.
Eccl 12:13  Eccl 8:12  Eccl 11:6  Luke 11:42  Eccl 3:14  Jer 32:40  Luke 1:50 

19 Wisdom makes the wise stronger than a dozen governors in a city.
Prov 21:22  Prov 24:5  Col 1:9-11  Eccl 9:13-18  2Sam 20:16-22 

20 No one on earth is sufficiently upright to do good without ever sinning.
1Kgs 8:46  Rom 3:23  1John 1:8-10  2Chr 6:36  Isa 53:6  Prov 20:9  Jas 3:2 

21 Again, do not listen to all that people say, then you will not hear your servant abusing you.
Isa 29:21  Prov 30:10  1Cor 13:5-7  2Sam 16:10  2Sam 19:19 

22 For often, as you very well know, you have abused others.
1Kgs 2:44  Jas 3:9  John 8:7-9  Matt 15:19  Matt 18:32-35 

23 Thanks to wisdom, I have found all this to be true; I resolved to be wise, but this was beyond my reach!
Rom 1:22  1Cor 1:20  1Kgs 3:11-12  1Kgs 11:1-8  Gen 3:5 

24 The past is out of reach, buried deep -- who can discover it?
Rom 11:33  1Tim 6:16  Isa 55:8-9  Job 28:28  Ps 36:6  Ps 139:6  Job 11:7-8 

25 But I have reached the point where, having learnt, explored and investigated wisdom and reflection, I recognise evil as being a form of madness, and folly as something stupid.
Eccl 10:13  2Pet 2:3-9  2Pet 3:3-9  2Sam 13:12  Eccl 1:13-17  Eccl 2:1-3  Eccl 2:12 

26 And I find woman more bitter than Death, she is a snare, her heart is a net, and her arms are chains. The man who is pleasing to God eludes her, but the sinner is captured by her.
Prov 22:14  Prov 5:3-5  Eccl 2:26  Prov 2:16  Prov 2:18-19  Judg 16:18-21  Prov 7:21-27 

27 This is what I think, says Qoheleth, having examined one thing after another to draw some conclusion,
Eccl 1:1-2  Eccl 12:8-10 

28 which I am still looking for, although unsuccessfully: one man in a thousand, I may find, but a woman better than other women-never.
1Kgs 11:1-3  Job 33:23  Eccl 7:23-24  Isa 26:9  Ps 12:1 

29 This alone is my conclusion: God has created man straightforward, and human artifices are human inventions.
Gen 1:26-27  Gen 3:6-7  Jer 4:22  Acts 7:40-43  Eph 2:2-3  Ezek 22:6-13  Gen 5:1