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ECC 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the
countenance the heart is made better.
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 oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth
ECC 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and
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