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From Gary... Bible Reading and Study October 21








Bible Reading and Study  


October 21


The World English Bible




Oct. 21
Ecclesiastes 5-7

Ecc 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to God's house; for to draw near to listen is better than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they don't know that they do evil.
Ecc 5:2 Don't be rash with your mouth, and don't let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
Ecc 5:3 For as a dream comes with a multitude of cares, so a fool's speech with a multitude of words.
Ecc 5:4 When you vow a vow to God, don't defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay that which you vow.
Ecc 5:5 It is better that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.
Ecc 5:6 Don't allow your mouth to lead you into sin. Don't protest before the messenger that this was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice, and destroy the work of your hands?
Ecc 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, as well as in many words: but you must fear God.
Ecc 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a district, don't marvel at the matter: for one official is eyed by a higher one; and there are officials over them.
Ecc 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.
Ecc 5:10 He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase: this also is vanity.
Ecc 5:11 When goods increase, those who eat them are increased; and what advantage is there to its owner, except to feast on them with his eyes?
Ecc 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.
Ecc 5:13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.
Ecc 5:14 Those riches perish by misfortune, and if he has fathered a son, there is nothing in his hand.
Ecc 5:15 As he came forth from his mother's womb, naked shall he go again as he came, and shall take nothing for his labor, which he may carry away in his hand.
Ecc 5:16 This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?
Ecc 5:17 All his days he also eats in darkness, he is frustrated, and has sickness and wrath.
Ecc 5:18 Behold, that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labor, in which he labors under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion.
Ecc 5:19 Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor--this is the gift of God.
Ecc 5:20 For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.
Ecc 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy on men:
Ecc 6:2 a man to whom God gives riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him no power to eat of it, but an alien eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
Ecc 6:3 If a man fathers a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not filled with good, and moreover he has no burial; I say, that a stillborn child is better than he:
Ecc 6:4 for it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.
Ecc 6:5 Moreover it has not seen the sun nor known it. This has rest rather than the other.
Ecc 6:6 Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, and yet fails to enjoy good, don't all go to one place?
Ecc 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
Ecc 6:8 For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?
Ecc 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Ecc 6:10 Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.
Ecc 6:11 For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?
Ecc 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one's birth.
Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men, and the living should take this to heart.
Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.
Ecc 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Ecc 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Ecc 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.
Ecc 7:7 Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroys the understanding.
Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Ecc 7:9 Don't be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Ecc 7:10 Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For you do not ask wisely about this.
Ecc 7:11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. Yes, it is more excellent for those who see the sun.
Ecc 7:12 For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Ecc 7:13 Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?
Ecc 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yes, God has made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything after him.
Ecc 7:15 All this have I seen in my days of vanity: there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives long in his evildoing.
Ecc 7:16 Don't be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?
Ecc 7:17 Don't be too wicked, neither be foolish. Why should you die before your time?
Ecc 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this. Yes, also from that don't withdraw your hand; for he who fears God will come forth from them all.
Ecc 7:19 Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
Ecc 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and doesn't sin.
Ecc 7:21 Also don't take heed to all words that are spoken, lest you hear your servant curse you;
Ecc 7:22 for often your own heart knows that you yourself have likewise cursed others.
Ecc 7:23 All this have I proved in wisdom. I said, "I will be wise;" but it was far from me.
Ecc 7:24 That which is, is far off and exceedingly deep. Who can find it out?
Ecc 7:25 I turned around, and my heart sought to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity, and that foolishness is madness.
Ecc 7:26 I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and traps, whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner will be ensnared by her.
Ecc 7:27 Behold, this have I found, says the Preacher, one to another, to find out the scheme;
Ecc 7:28 which my soul still seeks; but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
Ecc 7:29 Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they search for many schemes.






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Ecclesiastes






Ecclesiastes 5 1
Guard your steps when you go to God`s house; for to draw near to listen is better than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they don`t know that they do evil.
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and draw near to hear, rather than to
give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.
Keep thy feet when thou goest unto a house of God, and draw near to hear rather
than to give of fools the sacrifice, for they do not know they do evil.
Ecclesiastes 5 2
Don`t be rash with your mouth, and don`t let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God:
for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.
Cause not thy mouth to hasten, and let not thy heart hasten to bring out a word
before God, for God is in the heavens, and thou on the earth, therefore let thy words be few.
Ecclesiastes 5 3
For as a dream comes with a multitude of cares, so a fool`s speech with a multitude of words.
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool`s voice through a multitude of words.
For the dream hath come by abundance of business, and the voice of a fool by abundance of words.
Ecclesiastes 5 4
When you vow a vow to God, don`t defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay that which you vow.
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay
that which thou hast vowed.
When thou vowest a vow to God, delay not to complete it, for there is no pleasure
in fools; that which thou vowest -- complete.
Ecclesiastes 5 5
It is better that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
Better that thou do not vow, than that thou dost vow and dost not complete.
Ecclesiastes 5 6
Don`t allow your mouth to lead you into sin. Don`t protest before the messenger that this was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice, and destroy the work of your  hands?
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it
was an inadvertence. Wherefore should God be wroth at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger, that `it [is] an error,` why is God wroth because of thy voice, and hath destroyed the work of thy hands?
Ecclesiastes 5 7
For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, and in many words: but you must fear God.
For in the multitude of dreams are vanities; so with many words: but fear God.
For, in the abundance of dreams both vanities and words abound; but fear thou God.
Ecclesiastes 5 8
If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a district, don`t marvel at the matter: for one official is eyed by a higher one; and there are officials over them.
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice
in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, and
there are higher than they.
If oppression of the poor, and violent taking away of judgment and righteousness
thou seest in a province, do not marvel at the matter, for a higher than the high is
observing, and high ones [are] over them.
Ecclesiastes 5 9
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.
Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king [himself] is dependent upon the field.
And the abundance of a land is for all. A king for a field is served.
Ecclesiastes 5 10
He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase: this also is vanity.
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with
increase. This also is vanity.
Whoso is loving silver is not satisfied [with] silver, nor he who is in love with
stores [with] increase. Even this [is] vanity.
Ecclesiastes 5 11
When goods increase, those who eat them are increased; and what advantage is there to its
owner, except to feast on them with his eyes?
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what profit is there to the
owner thereof, except the beholding [of them] with his eyes?
In the multiplying of good have its consumers been multiplied, and what benefit
[is] to its possessor except the sight of his eyes?
Ecclesiastes 5 12
The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.
The sleep of the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness
of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep.
Sweet [is] the sleep of the labourer whether he eat little or much; and the
sufficiency of the wealthy is not suffering him to sleep.
Ecclesiastes 5 13
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his  harm.
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;
There is a painful evil I have seen under the sun: wealth kept for its possessor, for his evil.
Ecclesiastes 5 14
Those riches perish by misfortune, and if he has fathered a son, there is nothing in his  hand.
or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is
nothing in his hand.
And that wealth hath been lost in an evil business, and he hath begotten a son and
there is nothing in his hand!
Ecclesiastes 5 15
As he came forth from his mother`s womb, naked shall he go again as he came, and shall take nothing for his labor, which he may carry away in his hand.
As he came forth from his mother`s womb, naked shall he go away again as he came, and
shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
As he came out from the belly of his mother, naked he turneth back to go as he
came, and he taketh not away anything of his labour, that doth go in his hand.
Ecclesiastes 5 16
This also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit does he have who labors for the wind?
And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what
profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?
And this also [is] a painful evil, just as he came, so he goeth, and what advantage
[is] to him who laboureth for wind?
Ecclesiastes 5 17
All his days he also eats in darkness, he is frustrated, and has sickness and wrath.
All his days also he eateth in darkness, and hath much vexation, and sickness, and irritation.
Also all his days in darkness he consumeth, and sadness, and wrath, and sickness abound.
Ecclesiastes 5 18
Behold, that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labor, in which he labors under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion.
Behold what I have seen good and comely: [it is] to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in
all his labour wherewith [man] laboureth under the sun, all the days of his life which God
hath given him: for that is his portion.
Lo, that which I have seen: [It is] good, because beautiful, to eat, and to drink, and
to see good in all one`s labour that he laboureth at under the sun, the number of
the days of his life that God hath given to him, for it [is] his portion.
Ecclesiastes 5 19
Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor -- this is the gift of God.
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and power to eat thereof, and
to take his portion and to rejoice in his labour: that is a gift of God.
Every man also to whom God hath given wealth and riches, and hath given him
power to eat of it, and to accept his portion, and to rejoice in his labour, this is a gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 5 20
For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.
For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth [him] with
the joy of his heart.
For he doth not much remember the days of his life, for God is answering through
the joy of his heart.
Ecclesiastes 6 1
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy on men:
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it is frequent among men:
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it [is] great on man:
Ecclesiastes 6 2
a man to whom God gives riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him no power to eat of it, but an alien eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
one to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honour, and he wanteth nothing for his soul
of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth
it: this is vanity, and a sore evil.
A man to whom God giveth wealth, and riches, and honour, and there is no lack to
his soul of all that he desireth, and God giveth him not power to eat of it, but a
stranger eateth it; this [is] vanity, and it [is] an evil disease.
Ecclesiastes 6 3
If a man fathers a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not filled with good, and moreover he has no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he:
If a man beget a hundred [sons], and live many years, so that the days of his years be
many, but his soul be not filled with good, and also he have no burial, I say an untimely
birth is better than he.
If a man doth beget a hundred, and live many years, and is great, because they are
the days of his years, and his soul is not satisfied from the goodness, and also he
hath not had a grave, I have said, `Better than he [is] the untimely birth.`
Ecclesiastes 6 4
for it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.
For it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness;
For in vanity he came in, and in darkness he goeth, and in darkness his name is covered,
Ecclesiastes 6 5
Moreover it has not seen the sun nor known it. This has rest rather than the other.
moreover it hath not seen nor known the sun: this hath rest rather than the other.
Even the sun he hath not seen nor known, more rest hath this than that.
Ecclesiastes 6 6
Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, and yet fails to enjoy good, don`t all go to one place?
Yea, though he live twice a thousand years, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
And though he had lived a thousand years twice over, yet good he hath not seen; to
the same place doth not every one go?
Ecclesiastes 6 7
All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
All the labour of man [is] for his mouth, and yet the soul is not filled.
Ecclesiastes 6 8
For what advantage has the wise more than the fool? What has the poor man, that knows how to walk before the living?
For what advantage hath the wise above the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to
walk before the living?
For what advantage [is] to the wise above the fool? What to the poor who knoweth
to walk before the living?
Ecclesiastes 6 9
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and
pursuit of the wind.
Better [is] the sight of the eyes than the going of the soul. This also [is] vanity and
vexation of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 6 10
Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.
That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot
contend with him that is mightier than he.
What [is] that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it
[is] man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.
Ecclesiastes 6 11
For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?
For there are many things that increase vanity: what is man advantaged?
For there are many things multiplying vanity; what advantage [is] to man?
Ecclesiastes 6 12
For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
For who knoweth what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he
spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell man what shall be after him under the sun?
For who knoweth what [is] good for a man in life, the number of the days of the life
of his vanity, and he maketh them as a shadow? for who declareth to man what is
after him under the sun?
Ecclesiastes 7 1
A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one`s  birth.
A [good] name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one`s birth.
Better [is] a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.
Ecclesiastes 7 2
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men, and the living should take this to heart.
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: in that that
is the end of all men, and the living taketh it to heart.
Better to go unto a house of mourning, Than to go unto a house of banqueting, For
that is the end of all men, And the living layeth [it] unto his heart.
Ecclesiastes 7 3
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.
Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Better [is] sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of the face the heart becometh better.
Ecclesiastes 7 4
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools in the house of
mirth.
The heart of the wise [is] in a house of mourning, And the heart of fools in a house of mirth.
Ecclesiastes 7 5
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise, than to hear the song of fools.
Better to hear a rebuke of a wise man, Than [for] a man to hear a song of fools,
Ecclesiastes 7 6
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.
For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So [is] the laughter of a fool, even this [is] vanity.
Ecclesiastes 7 7
Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroys the understanding.
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad, and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7 8
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud
in spirit.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; better is a patient spirit than a proud spirit.
Better [is] the latter end of a thing than its beginning, Better [is] the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 7 9
Don`t be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be vexed; for vexation resteth in the bosom of fools.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, For anger in the bosom of fools resteth.
Ecclesiastes 7 10
Don`t say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For you do not ask wisely about  this.
Say not, How is it that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire
wisely concerning this.
Say not thou, `What was it, That the former days were better than these?` For thou hast not asked wisely of this.
Ecclesiastes 7 11
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. Yes, it is more excellent for those who see the sun.
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and profitable to them that see the sun.
Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance, And an advantage [it is] to those beholding the sun.
Ecclesiastes 7 12
For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that
wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
For wisdom is a defence [as] money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, [that]
wisdom maketh them that possess it to live.
For wisdom [is] a defense, money [is] a defence, And the advantage of the
knowledge of wisdom [is], She reviveth her possessors.
Ecclesiastes 7 13
Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?
Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what he hath made crooked?
See the work of God, For who is able to make straight that which He made crooked?
Ecclesiastes 7 14
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yes, God has made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything after  him.
In the day of prosperity enjoy good, and in the day of adversity consider: God hath also set
the one beside the other, to the end that man should find out nothing [of what shall be] after him.
In a day of prosperity be in gladness, And in a day of evil consider. Also this over-
against that hath God made, To the intent that man doth not find anything after him.
Ecclesiastes 7 15
All this have I seen in my days of vanity: there is a righteous man who perishes in his
righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives long in his evil-doing.
All [this] have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a righteous [man] that perisheth
by his righteousness, and there is a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his days] by his
wickedness.
The whole I have considered in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous one
perishing in his righteousness, and there is a wrong-doer prolonging [himself] in his wrong.
Ecclesiastes 7 16
Don`t be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?
Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy
thyself?
Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art thou desolate? Ecclesiastes 7 17
Don`t be too wicked, neither be foolish. Why should you die before your time?
Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Do not much wrong, neither be thou a fool, why dost thou die within thy time?
Ecclesiastes 7 18
It is good that you should take hold of this. Yes, also from that don`t withdraw your hand; for he who fears God will come forth from them all.
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thy hand:
for he that feareth God cometh forth from them all.
[It is] good that thou dost lay hold on this, and also, from that withdrawest not thy
hand, for whoso is fearing God goeth out with them all.
Ecclesiastes 7 19
Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty [men] that are in a city.
The wisdom giveth strength to a wise man, more than wealth the rulers who have
been in a city.
Ecclesiastes 7 20
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth, who does good and doesn`t sin.
Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.
Because there is not a righteous man on earth that doth good and sinneth not.
Ecclesiastes 7 21
Also don`t take heed to all words that are spoken, lest you hear your servant curse you;
Also give not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee.
Also to all the words that they speak give not thy heart, that thou hear not thy servant reviling thee.
Ecclesiastes 7 22
for often your own heart knows that you yourself have likewise cursed others.
For also thine own heart knoweth that oftentimes thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
For many times also hath thy heart known that thou thyself also hast reviled others.
Ecclesiastes 7 23
All this have I proved in wisdom. I said, "I will be wise;" but it was far from me.
All this have I tried by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
All this I have tried by wisdom; I have said, `I am wise,` and it [is] far from me.
Ecclesiastes 7 24
That which is, is far off and exceedingly deep. Who can find it out?
Whatever hath been, is far off, and exceeding deep: who will find it out?
Far off [is] that which hath been, and deep, deep, who doth find it?
Ecclesiastes 7 25
I turned around, and my heart sought to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the
scheme of things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity, and that foolishness is madness.
I turned, I and my heart, to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom and reason, and
to know wickedness to be folly, and foolishness to be madness;
I have turned round, also my heart, to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom,
and reason, and to know the wrong of folly, and of foolishness the madness.
Ecclesiastes 7 26
I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and traps, whose hands are
chains. Whoever pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner will be ensnared by her.
and I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is nets and snares, [and]
whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be
caught by her.
And I am finding more bitter than death, the woman whose heart [is] nets and
snares, her hands [are] bands; the good before God escapeth from her, but the
sinner is captured by her.
Ecclesiastes 7 27
Behold, this have I found, says the Preacher, one to another, to find out the scheme;
See this which I have found, saith the Preacher, [searching] one by one to find out the reason;
See, this I have found, said the Preacher, one to one, to find out the reason Ecclesiastes 7 28
which my soul still seeks; but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
which my soul yet seeketh, and I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found,
but a woman among all those have I not found.
(that still my soul had sought, and I had not found), One man, a teacher, I have
found, and a woman among all these I have not found.
Ecclesiastes 7 29
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they search for many schemes.
Only see this which I have found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out
many devices.
See, this alone I have found, that God made man upright, and they -- they have sought out many devices.



Study Questions

Which is better; many or few words? 5:2
 
The gift of God is? 5:19
 
What is an evil disease? 6:2

Which is better, the house of feasting or of mourning? 7:2



The World English Bible


Oct. 21
Colossians 2

Col 2:1 For I desire to have you know how greatly I struggle for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Col 2:2 that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
Col 2:3 in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
Col 2:4 Now this I say that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.
Col 2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
Col 2:6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him,
Col 2:7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.
Col 2:8 Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily,
Col 2:10 and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;
Col 2:11 in whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;
Col 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
Col 2:14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross;
Col 2:15 having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day,
Col 2:17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.
Col 2:18 Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Col 2:19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God's growth.
Col 2:20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances,
Col 2:21 "Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch"
Col 2:22 (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men?
Col 2:23 Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the flesh. 

 
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Colossians 2 1
For I desire to have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
For I would have you know what combat I have for you, and those in Laodicea, and as many
as have not seen my face in flesh;
For I wish you to know how great a conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea,
and as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
Colossians 2 2
that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
to the end that their hearts may be encouraged, being united together in love, and unto
all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to [the] full knowledge of the mystery of
God;
that their hearts may be comforted, being united in love, and to all riches of the
full assurance of the understanding, to the full knowledge of the secret of the God
and Father, and of the Christ,
Colossians 2 3
in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
in which are hid all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge.
in whom are all the treasures of the wisdom and the knowledge hid,
Colossians 2 4
This I say that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.
And I say this to the end that no one may delude you by persuasive speech.
and this I say, that no one may beguile you in enticing words,
Colossians 2 5
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
For if indeed in the flesh I am absent, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing and seeing
your order, and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
for if even in the flesh I am absent -- yet in the spirit I am with you, joying and
beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in regard to Christ;
Colossians 2 6
As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him,
As therefore ye have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
as, then, ye did receive Christ Jesus the Lord, in him walk ye,
Colossians 2 7
rooted and built up in him, and established in your faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.
rooted and built up in him, and assured in the faith, even as ye have been taught,
abounding in it with thanksgiving.
being rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as ye were taught --
abounding in it in thanksgiving.
Colossians 2 8
Be careful that you don`t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.
See that there be no one who shall lead *you* away as a prey through philosophy and vain
deceit, according to the teaching of men, according to the elements of the world, and not
according to Christ.
See that no one shall be carrying you away as spoil through the philosophy and
vain deceit, according to the deliverance of men, according to the rudiments of
the world, and not according to Christ,
Colossians 2 9
For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily,
For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;
because in him doth tabernacle all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,
Colossians 2 10
and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;
and ye are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and authority,
and ye are in him made full, who is the head of all principality and authority,
Colossians 2 11
in whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;
in whom also ye have been circumcised with circumcision not done by hand, in the
putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of the Christ;
in whom also ye were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in
the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh in the circumcision of the
Colossians 2 12
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
buried with him in baptism, in which ye have been also raised with [him] through faith
of the working of God who raised him from among the dead.
being buried with him in the baptism, in which also ye rose with [him] through
the faith of the working of God, who did raise him out of the dead.
Colossians 2 13
You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses;
And you, being dead in offences and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has
quickened together with him, having forgiven us all the offences;
And you -- being dead in the trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh -- He
made alive together with him, having forgiven you all the trespasses,
Colossians 2 14
having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he has taken it out that way, nailing it to the cross;
having effaced the handwriting in ordinances which [stood out] against us, which was
contrary to us, he has taken it also out of the way, having nailed it to the cross;
having blotted out the handwriting in the ordinances that is against us, that was
contrary to us, and he hath taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross;
Colossians 2 15
having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
having spoiled principalities and authorities, he made a show of them publicly, leading
them in triumph by it.
having stripped the principalities and the authorities, he made a shew of them openly -- having triumphed over them in it.
Colossians 2 16
Let no man therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day,
Let none therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in matter of feast, or new moon, or sabbaths,
Let no one, then, judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a feast, or of a
new moon, or of sabbaths,
Colossians 2 17
which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ`s.
which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.
which are a shadow of the coming things, and the body [is] of the Christ;
Colossians 2 18
Let no man rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels,
dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Let no one fraudulently deprive you of your prize, doing his own will in humility and
worship of angels, entering into things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by the
mind of his flesh,
let no one beguile you of your prize, delighting in humble-mindedness and [in]
worship of the messengers, intruding into the things he hath not seen, being vainly puffed up by the mind of his flesh,
Colossians 2 19
and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God`s growth.
and not holding fast the head, from whom all the body, ministered to and united together
by the joints and bands, increases with the increase of God.
and not holding the head, from which all the body -- through the joints and bands
gathering supply, and being knit together -- may increase with the increase of
Colossians 2 20
If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances,
If ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why as [if] alive in [the] world
do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?
If, then, ye did die with the Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as living
in the world, are ye subject to ordinances?
Colossians 2 21
"Don`t handle, nor taste, nor touch"
Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch,
-- thou mayest not touch, nor taste, nor handle --
Colossians 2 22
(all which things are to perish with the using), after the precepts and doctrines of men?
(things which are all for destruction in the using [of them]:) according to the
injunctions and teachings of men,
which are all for destruction with the using, after the commands and teachings of men,

Colossians 2 23
Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren`t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.
(which have indeed an appearance of wisdom in voluntary worship, and humility, and
harsh treatment of the body, not in a certain honour,) to [the] satisfaction of the flesh.
which are, indeed, having a matter of wisdom in will-worship, and humble-
mindedness, and neglecting of body -- not in any honour, unto a satisfying of the flesh.




Study Questions

What is will worship? 2:20-23