A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Read Ecclesiastes 7:1 Using Other Translations
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.
A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.
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