Ecclesiastes 7:2-4New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because [a]that is the end of every man, And the living [b]takes it to [c]heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. 4 The [d]mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the [e]mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
12 Therefore in that day the Lord [a]God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing, To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth. 13 Instead, there is gaiety and gladness, Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep, Eating of meat and drinking of wine: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die.” 14 But the Lord of hosts revealed Himself [b]to me, “Surely this iniquity shall not be [c]forgiven you Until you die,” says the Lord [d]God of hosts.
4 Those who recline on beds of ivory And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall, 5 Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have [a]composed songs for themselves, 6 Who drink wine from [b]sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.
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