1.The value of a good name A good name is better than a good ointment, - Ecc. 7:1a Wisdom Proverbs
2. Death is better than birth. And the day of ones death is better than the day of ones birth. - Ecc. 7:1b Wisdom Proverbs
3. Funerals are better than weddings It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart. - Ecc. 7:2
Wisdom Proverbs 4. Sorrow is better than laughter Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. - Ecc. 7:3-4
Wisdom Proverbs 5. Better a rebuke than listening to foolishness It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools.
- Ecc. 7:5 For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility. - Ecc. 7:6 For oppression makes a
wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart. - Ecc. 7:7 Wisdom Proverbs 6. The end is better than
the beginning The end of a matter is better than its beginning; - Ecc. 7:8a Wisdom Proverbs 7. A patient spirit is better than a Proud Spirit
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit. Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools. Do not say, Why is it that the former days were better than these? For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. - Ecc. 7:8b-10 Advantages of Wisdom
A.Wisdom Guards Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun. -Ecc. 7:11 For wisdom is protection just as
money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. - Ecc. 7:12 Advantages of Wisdom B. Wisdom gives a divine
perspective Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent? In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him. -Ecc. 7:13-14
Wisdom Teaches Us Today Seek God Ask God Wisdom at Work Wisdom Provides Balance
I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness. Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? - Ecc. 7:15-16
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time? It is good that you grasp one thing and also not let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with both of them. - Ecc. 7:17-18
Wisdom at Work Wisdom provides strength I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness. Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?
- Ecc. 7:19-20 Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
- Ecc. 21-22 Strength to: Handle Sin Strength to:
Handle Sin Avoid Entrapment Strength to: Handle Sin Avoid Entrapment Deal with Criticism
Wisdom at Work Wisdom Provides Balance Wisdom Provides Strength Wisdom Provides Insight Insights From Wisdom
Understanding only comes from God I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, I will be wise, but it was far from me. What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it? - Ecc. 7:23-24
Insights From Wisdom Sexual adventure is not satisfying I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness. And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner
will be captured by her. - Ecc. 7:25-26 Behold, I have discovered this, says the Preacher, adding one thing to another to find an explanation, which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found
one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these. - Ecc. 7:27-28 Insights From Wisdom The problem is from within,
not without Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices. - Ecc. 7:29 Balance +
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