The [a]mind of the wise is in the house of mourning,
While the [b]mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 7:4 Lit heart
  2. Ecclesiastes 7:4 Lit heart

12 For (A)wisdom is [a]protection just as money is [b]protection,
But the advantage of knowledge is that (B)wisdom keeps its possessors alive.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 7:12 Lit in a shadow
  2. Ecclesiastes 7:12 Lit in a shadow

15 I have seen everything during my [a](A)lifetime of futility; there is (B)a righteous person who perishes in his righteousness, and there is (C)a wicked person who prolongs his life in his wickedness.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 7:15 Lit days

Obey Rulers

Who is like the wise person and who knows the meaning of a matter? A person’s wisdom (A)illuminates his face and makes his (B)stern face [a]brighten up.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 8:1 Or change

15 But there was found in it a (A)poor wise man, and he [a]saved the city (B)by his wisdom. Yet (C)no one remembered that poor man.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 9:15 Or might have saved

16 So I said, “(A)Wisdom is better than strength.” But the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are [a]ignored.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 9:16 Lit not listened to