KJV ECC7 with Strong's Hebrew/GreekECC6.htm ECC8.htm
7:1 A good name [H8034] [is] better [H2896] than precious [H2896] ointment [H8081] ; and the day [H3117] of death [H4194] than the day [H3117] of one's birth [H3205] .
7:2 [It is] better [H2896] to go [H3212] to the house [H1004] of mourning [H60] , than to go [H3212] to the house [H1004] of feasting [H4960] : for [H834] that [is] the end [H5490] of all men [H120] ; and the living [H2416] will lay [H5414] [it] to his heart [H3820] .
7:3 Sorrow [H3708] [is] better [H2896] than laughter [H7814] : for by the sadness [H7455] of the countenance [H6440] the heart [H3820] is made better [H3190] .(Sorrow: or, Anger)
7:4 The heart [H3820] of the wise [H2450] [is] in the house [H1004] of mourning [H60] ; but the heart [H3820] of fools [H3684] [is] in the house [H1004] of mirth [H8057] .
7:5 [It is] better [H2896] to hear [H8085] the rebuke [H1606] of the wise [H2450] , than for a man [H376] to hear [H8085] the song [H7892] of fools [H3684] .
7:6 For as the crackling [H6963] of thorns [H5518] under a pot [H5518] , so [is] the laughter [H7814] of the fool [H3684] : this also [is] vanity [H1892] .(crackling: Heb. sound)
7:7 Surely oppression [H6233] maketh a wise man [H2450] mad [H1984] ; and a gift [H4979] destroyeth [H6] the heart [H3820] .
7:8 Better [H2896] [is] the end [H319] of a thing [H1697] than the beginning [H7225] thereof: [and] the patient [H750] in spirit [H7307] [is] better [H2896] than the proud [H1362] in spirit [H7307] .
7:9 Be not hasty [H926] in thy spirit [H7307] to be angry [H3707] : for anger [H3708] resteth [H5117] in the bosom [H2436] of fools [H3684] .
7:10 Say [H559] not thou, What is [the cause] that the former [H7223] days [H3117] were better [H2896] than these? for thou dost not enquire [H7592] wisely [H2451] concerning this.(wisely: Heb. out of wisdom)
7:11 Wisdom [H2451] [is] good [H2896] with an inheritance [H5159] : and [by it there is] profit [H3148] to them that see [H7200] the sun [H8121] .(good: or, as good as an inheritance, yea, better too)
7:12 For wisdom [H2451] [is] a defence [H6738] , [and] money [H3701] [is] a defence [H6738] : but the excellency [H3504] of knowledge [H1847] [is, that] wisdom [H2451] giveth life [H2421] to them that have [H1167] it.(defence: Heb. shadow)
7:13 Consider [H7200] the work [H4639] of God [H430] : for who can [H3201] make [that] straight [H8626] , which he hath made crooked [H5791] ?
7:14 In the day [H3117] of prosperity [H2896] be joyful [H2896] , but in the day [H3117] of adversity [H7451] consider [H7200] : God [H430] also hath set [H6213] the one over against [H5980] the other, to the end [H1700] that man [H120] should find [H4672] nothing [H3972] after [H310] him.(set: Heb. made)
7:15 All [things] have I seen [H7200] in the days [H3117] of my vanity [H1892] : there is [H3426] a just [H6662] [man] that perisheth [H6] in his righteousness [H6664] , and there is a wicked [H7563] [man] that prolongeth [H748] [his life] in his wickedness [H7451] .
7:16 Be not righteous [H6662] over much [H7235] ; neither make thyself over [H3148] wise [H2449] : why shouldest thou destroy [H8074] thyself?(destroy: Heb. be desolate?)
7:17 Be not over much [H7235] wicked [H7561] , neither be thou foolish [H5530] : why shouldest thou die [H4191] before thy time [H6256] ?(before: Heb. not in thy time?)
7:18 [It is] good [H2896] that thou shouldest take hold [H270] of this; yea, also from this [H2088] withdraw [H3240] not thine hand [H3027] : for he that feareth [H3373] God [H430] shall come forth [H3318] of them all.
7:19 Wisdom [H2451] strengtheneth [H5810] the wise [H2450] more than ten [H6235] mighty [H7989] [men] which are in the city [H5892] .
7:20 For [there is] not a just [H6662] man [H120] upon earth [H776] , that doeth [H6213] good [H2896] , and sinneth [H2398] not.
7:21 Also take [H5414] no heed [H3820] unto all words [H1697] that are spoken [H1696] ; lest thou hear [H8085] thy servant [H5650] curse [H7043] thee:(take: Heb. give not thine heart)
7:22 For oftentimes [H6471] [H7227] also thine own heart [H3820] knoweth [H3045] that thou thyself likewise hast cursed [H7043] others [H312] .
7:23 All this [H2090] have I proved [H5254] by wisdom [H2451] : I said [H559] , I will be wise [H2449] ; but it [was] far [H7350] from me.
7:24 That which is far off [H7350] , and exceeding deep [H6013] , who can find it out [H4672] ?
7:25 I applied [H5437] mine heart [H3820] to know [H3045] , and to search [H8446] , and to seek out [H1245] wisdom [H2451] , and the reason [H2808] [of things], and to know [H3045] the wickedness [H7562] of folly [H3689] , even of foolishness [H5531] [and] madness [H1947] :(I applied: Heb. I and mine heart compassed)
7:26 And I find [H4672] more bitter [H4751] than death [H4194] the woman [H802] , whose heart [H3820] [is] snares [H4685] and nets [H2764] , [and] her hands [H3027] [as] bands [H612] : whoso pleaseth [H2896] [H6440] God [H430] shall escape [H4422] from her; but the sinner [H2398] shall be taken [H3920] by her.(whoso: Heb. he that is good before God)
7:27 Behold [H7200] , this have I found [H4672] , saith [H559] the preacher [H6953] , [counting] one [H259] by one [H259] , to find out [H4672] the account [H2808] :(counting: or, weighing one thing after another, to find out the reason)
7:28 Which yet my soul [H5315] seeketh [H1245] , but I find [H4672] not: one [H259] man [H120] among a thousand [H505] have I found [H4672] ; but a woman [H802] among all those have I not found [H4672] .
7:29 Lo [H7200] , this only [H905] have I found [H4672] , that God [H430] hath made [H6213] man [H120] upright [H3477] ; but they have sought out [H1245] many [H7227] inventions [H2810] .