1A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than
the day of one's birth.
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 will lay it to his
A good reputation is more valuable than precious ointment.
3Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the
heart is made better.
4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools
is in the house of mirth.
It's better to be sad than happy. 
5It is better to hear the
rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the
fool: this also is vanity.
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
It's better to be rebuked by wise people
than to be praised by fools.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is
better than the proud in spirit.
It's better to be patient than proud.
9Be not hasty in thy
spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
10Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than
these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that
see the sun.
For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of
knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider:
God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should
find nothing after him.
Don't say, "I miss the good old days."
All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a
just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth
his life in his wickedness.
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest
thou destroy thyself?
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die
before thy time?
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this
withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them
Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the
Just people die young and wicked people live long. 
20For there is not a just
man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
There are no just people. 
Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy
servant curse thee:
For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise
hast cursed others.
All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far
Don't believe everything you hear.
24That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
Who can find out about things that are deep or far away? 
25I applied mine heart to
know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things,
and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
Try to discover things with reason.
Seek wisdom. Avoid folly, foolishness, and madness.
26And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and
nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but
the sinner shall be taken by her.
Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to
find out the account:
Some women are worse than death.
They trap and destroy men in their nets.
Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I
found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
The Preacher could find a few good men
(maybe one in a thousand or so),
but not a single good woman.
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have
sought out many inventions.
Humans were good when God made them,
but then they made many inventions.