Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 7

Holman Christian Standard Bible

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Ecclesiastes 7

CSB 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of one's death than the day of one's birth. NIV 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. CSB 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, since that is the end of all mankind, 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. CSB 3 Grief is better than laughter, for when a face is sad, a heart may be glad. NIV 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. CSB 4 The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in a house of pleasure. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. CSB 5 It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person 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. CSB 6 For like the crackling of [burning] thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. CSB 7 Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe destroys the mind. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. CSB 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. CSB 9 Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. CSB 10 Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not wise of you 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. CSB 11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and an advantage to those who see the sun. NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. CSB 12 For wisdom is protection as money is protection, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner. NIV 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. CSB 13 Consider the work of God; for who can straighten out what He has made crooked? NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? CSB 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: without question, God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him. 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. CSB 15 In my futile life I have seen everything: there is a righteous man who perishes in spite of his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives long in spite of his evil. 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. CSB 16 Don't be excessively righteous, and don't be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself? NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? CSB 17 Don't be excessively wicked, and don't be foolish. Why should you die before your time? NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time? CSB 18 It is good that you grasp the one and do not let the other slip from your hand. For the one who fears God will end up with both of them. NIV 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. CSB 19 Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers of a city. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. CSB 20 There is certainly no righteous man on the earth who does good and never sins. NIV 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. CSB 21 Don't pay attention to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you; NIV 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— CSB 22 for you know that many times you yourself have cursed others. NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. CSB 23 I have tested all this by wisdom. I resolved, "I will be wise," but it was beyond me. NIV 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me. CSB 24 What exists is beyond [reach] and very deep. Who can discover it? NIV 24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it? CSB 25 I turned my thoughts to know, explore, and seek wisdom and an explanation [for things], and to know that wickedness is stupidity 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. CSB 26 And I find more bitter than death the woman who is a trap, her heart a net, and her hands chains. The one who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner will be captured 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. CSB 27 "Look," says the Teacher, "this I have discovered, by adding one thing to another to find out the explanation, NIV 27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things— CSB 28 which my soul continually searches for but does not find: among a thousand [people] I have found one [true] man, but among all these I have not found a true woman. 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. CSB 29 Only see this: I have discovered that God made people upright, but they pursued many schemes." NIV 29 This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”

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