Ecclesiastes 7:1-6

A.(1 )A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. 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;

B. and the living will lay it to his heart.

C.(3) Sorrow is better than laughter:

B’. for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

A’.(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.

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