Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 7

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Ecclesiastes 7

GNT 1 A good reputation is better than expensive perfume; and the day you die is better than the day you are born. NIV 1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. GNT 2 It is better to go to a home where there is mourning than to one where there is a party, because the living should always remind themselves that death is waiting for us all. 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. GNT 3 Sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding. NIV 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. GNT 4 Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. GNT 5 It is better to have wise people reprimand you than to have stupid people sing your praises. NIV 5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools. GNT 6 When a fool laughs, it is like thorns crackling in a fire. It doesn't mean a thing. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. GNT 7 You may be wise, but if you cheat someone, you are acting like a fool. If you take a bribe, you ruin your character. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. GNT 8 The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. GNT 9 Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbor a grudge. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. GNT 10 Never ask, "Oh, why were things so much better in the old days?" It's not an intelligent question. NIV 10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. GNT 11 Everyone who lives ought to be wise; it is as good as receiving an inheritance NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. GNT 12 and will give you as much security as money can. Wisdom keeps you safe - this is the advantage of knowledge. NIV 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. GNT 13 Think about what God has done. How can anyone straighten out what God has made crooked? NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? GNT 14 When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes, just remember: God sends both happiness and trouble; you never know what is going to happen next. 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. GNT 15 My life has been useless, but in it I have seen everything. Some good people may die while others live on, even though they are 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. GNT 16 So don't be too good or too wise - why kill yourself? NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? GNT 17 But don't be too wicked or too foolish, either - why die before you have to? NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time? GNT 18 Avoid both extremes. If you have reverence for God, you will be successful anyway. NIV 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. GNT 19 Wisdom does more for a person than ten rulers can do for a city. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. GNT 20 There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake. NIV 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. GNT 21 Don't pay attention to everything people say - you may hear your servant insulting you, NIV 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— GNT 22 and you know yourself that you have insulted other people many times. NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. GNT 23 I used my wisdom to test all of this. I was determined to 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. GNT 24 How can anyone discover what life means? It is too deep for us, too hard to understand. NIV 24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it? GNT 25 But I devoted myself to knowledge and study; I was determined to find wisdom and the answers to my questions, and to learn how wicked and foolish stupidity is. 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. GNT 26 I found something more bitter than death - the woman who is like a trap. The love she offers you will catch you like a net, and her arms around you will hold you like a chain. A man who pleases God can get away, but she will catch the sinner. 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. GNT 27 Yes, said the Philosopher, I found this out little by little while I was looking for answers. NIV 27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things— GNT 28 I have looked for other answers but have found none. I found one man in a thousand that I could respect, but not one 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. GNT 29 This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated. NIV 29 This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”

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