Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 7

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Ecclesiastes 7

CEB 1 A good name is better than fine oil, and the day of death better than the birthday. NIV 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. CEB 2 It is better to go to a house in mourning than to a house party, because that is everyone's destiny; and the living should take it to heart. NIV 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. CEB 3 Aggravation is better than merriment because a sad face may lead to a glad heart. NIV 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. CEB 4 The wise heart is in the house that mourns, but the foolish heart is in the house that rejoices. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. CEB 5 It is better to obey the reprimand of the wise than to listen to the song of fools, NIV 5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools. CEB 6 because the fool's merriment is like nettles crackling under a kettle. That too is pointless. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. CEB 7 Oppression turns the wise into fools; a bribe corrupts the heart. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. CEB 8 The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than arrogance. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. CEB 9 Don't be too quick to get angry because anger lives in the fool's heart. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. CEB 10 Don't ask, "How is it that the former days were better than these?" because it isn't wise to ask this. NIV 10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. CEB 11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance— an advantage for those who see the sun. NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. CEB 12 Wisdom's protection is like the protection of money; the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. NIV 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. CEB 13 Consider God's work! Who can straighten what God has made crooked? NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? CEB 14 When times are good, enjoy the good; when times are bad, consider: God has made the former as well as the latter so that people can't discover anything that will come to be after them. NIV 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. CEB 15 I have seen everything in my pointless lifetime: the righteous person may die in spite of their righteousness; then again, the wicked may live long in spite of their wickedness. NIV 15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness. CEB 16 Don't be too righteous or too wise, or you may be dumbfounded. NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? CEB 17 Don't be too wicked and don't be a fool, or you may die before your time. NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time? CEB 18 It's good that you take hold of one of these without letting go of the other because the one who fears God will go forth with both. NIV 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. CEB 19 Wisdom makes a wise person stronger than ten rulers who are in a city. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. CEB 20 Remember: there's no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake. NIV 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. CEB 21 Don't worry about all the things people say, so you don't hear your servant cursing you. NIV 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— CEB 22 After all, you know that you've often cursed others yourself! NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. CEB 23 I tested all of this by wisdom. I thought, I will be wise, but it eluded me. NIV 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me. CEB 24 All that happens is elusive and utterly unfathomable. Who can grasp it? NIV 24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it? CEB 25 I turned my mind to know, to investigate, and to seek wisdom, along with an account of things, to know that wickedness is foolishness and folly is madness. NIV 25 So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly. CEB 26 I found one woman more bitter than death: she who is a trap, her heart a snare, her hands shackles. Anyone who pleases God escapes her, but a sinner is trapped by her. NIV 26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. CEB 27 See, this is what I found, says the Teacher, examining one matter after another to account for things. NIV 27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things— CEB 28 But there's something that I constantly searched for but couldn't find: I found one man among a thousand, but I couldn't find a woman among any of these. NIV 28 while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. CEB 29 See, this alone I found: God made human beings straightforward, but they search for many complications. NIV 29 This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”

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