Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

Wisdom

1 You may be a nice person.

So it is good if people know that.

There was a day when you were born. But the day when you die will be better.

2 You may enjoy a party.

But it is better for you if you go to a funeral.

There, you will think about the day when you will die.

We will all die in the end. It is good to remember that.

3 It is better to be sad than it is to be happy.

We learn more about ourselves when we are sad.

4 A wise person thinks about death.

A fool thinks about how to enjoy his life.

5 You can listen to a fool who is singing songs.

But it is better to listen to a wise friend.

He can tell you if you do a wrong thing.

6 Some sharp, hard plants make a lot of noise when they burn. But they do not make much heat.

Fools make a lot of noise when they laugh. But they never do anything good.

7 Wise people become fools if they are not fair to other people.

It is wrong to receive a bribe.

8 It is good when you start to do some new work.

But it is better to finish that work.

Do your work well even if you have to do it slowly.

Some people may be proud. But it is better to do your work well.

9 Do not get angry quickly. That is what fools do.

Try to forget the bad things that people may have done to you.

10 You may think that your life is difficult.

You may think that it was easier before now.

It is not wise to think like that.

So do not think like that.

11 It is as good to be wise as it is to receive a lot of money.

12 Money can keep you safe. And wisdom can keep you safe.

But if you are wise, you will know the best way to live.

13 Think about the things that God has done.

If God has bent something, you cannot make it straight.

14 If your life is good, you should be happy.

But bad things may happen to you.

God causes good things to happen and he also causes bad things to happen. Remember that.

You do not know what will happen next.