A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death, than the day of birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting; for this is the end of all men, and the living will lay it to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.
Surely oppression makes the wise man foolish, and a bribe corrupts the mind.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Be not quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money; and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Consider the work of God; who can make straight what he has made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
In my vain life I have seen everything; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil-doing.
Be not righteous overmuch, and do not make yourself overwise; why should you destroy yourself?
Be not wicked overmuch, neither be a fool; why should you die before your time?
It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand; for he who fears God shall come forth from them all.
Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Do not give heed to all the things that men say, lest you hear your servant cursing you;
your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others.
All this I have tested by wisdom; I said, "I will be wise"; but it was far from me.
That which is, is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?
I turned my mind to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the sum of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness which is madness.
And I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters; he who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her.
Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, adding one thing to another to find the sum,
which my mind has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found.
Behold, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices.
Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his countenance is changed.
Keep the king's command, and because of your sacred oath be not dismayed;
go from his presence, do not delay when the matter is unpleasant, for he does whatever he pleases.
For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, "What are you doing?"
He who obeys a command will meet no harm, and the mind of a wise man will know the time and way.
For every matter has its time and way, although man's trouble lies heavy upon him.
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?
No man has power to retain the spirit, or authority over the day of death; there is no discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it.
All this I observed while applying my mind to all that is done under the sun, while man lords it over man to his hurt.
Then I saw the wicked buried; they used to go in and out of the holy place, and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity.
Because sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men is fully set to do evil.
Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him;
but it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
There is a vanity which takes place on earth, that there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
And I commend enjoyment, for man has no good thing under the sun but to eat and drink, and enjoy himself, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of life which God gives him under the sun.
When I applied my mind to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night one's eyes see sleep;
then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out; even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.