Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 7

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Ecclesiastes 7

RHE 1 (7-2) A good name is better than precious ointments: and the day of 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. RHE 2 (7-3) It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for in that we are put in mind of the end of all, and the living thinketh what is to come. 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. RHE 3 (7-4) Anger is better than laughter: because by the sadness of the countenance the mind of the offender is corrected. NIV 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. RHE 4 (7-5) The heart of the wise is where there is mourning, and the heart of fools where there is mirth. NIV 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. RHE 5 (7-6) It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, than to be deceived by the flattery of fools. NIV 5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools. RHE 6 (7-7) For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool: now this also is vanity. NIV 6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. RHE 7 (7-8) Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart. NIV 7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. RHE 8 (7-9) Better is the end of a speech than the beginning. Better is the patient man than the presumptuous. NIV 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. RHE 9 (7-10) Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool. NIV 9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. RHE 10 (7-11) Say not: What thinkest thou is the cause that former times were better than they are now? for this manner of question is foolish. NIV 10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. RHE 11 (7-12) Wisdom with riches is more profitable, and bringeth more advantage to them that see the sun. NIV 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. RHE 12 (7-13) For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them. NIV 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. RHE 13 (7-14) Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised. NIV 13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? RHE 14 (7-15) In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of the evil day: for God hath made both the one and the other, that man may not find against him any just complaint. 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. RHE 15 (7-16) These things also I saw in the days of my vanity: A just man perisheth in his justice, and a wicked man liveth a long time in his 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. RHE 16 (7-17) Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid. NIV 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? RHE 17 (7-18) Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time. NIV 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time? RHE 18 (7-19) It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing. NIV 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. RHE 19 (7-20) Wisdom hath strengthened the wise more than ten princes of the city. NIV 19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. RHE 20 (7-21) For there is no just man upon earth, that doth good, and sinneth not. NIV 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. RHE 21 (7-22) But do not apply thy heart to all words that are spoken: lest perhaps thou hear thy servant reviling thee. NIV 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— RHE 22 (7-23) For thy conscience knoweth that thou also hast often spoken evil of others. NIV 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. RHE 23 (7-24) I have tried all things in wisdom. I have said: I will be wise: and it departed farther from me, NIV 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me. RHE 24 (7-25) Much more than it was: it is a great depth, who shall find it out? NIV 24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it? RHE 25 (7-26) I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent: 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. RHE 26 (7-27) And I have found a woman more bitter than death, who is the hunter’s snare, and her heart is a net, and her hands are bands. He that pleaseth God shall escape from her: but he that is a sinner, shall be caught 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. RHE 27 (7-28) Lo this have I found, said Ecclesiastes, weighing one thing after another, that I might find out the account, NIV 27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things— RHE 28 (7-29) Which yet my soul seeketh, and I have not found it. One man among a thousand I have found, a woman among them all I have not found. 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. RHE 29 (7-30) Only this I have found, that God made man right, and he hath entangled himself with an infinity of questions. Who is as the wise man? and who hath known the resolution of the word? NIV 29 This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”

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