People Generally Do Not Know What Is Best For Them

11 A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth.

11 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

11 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of one's death than the day of one's birth.

11 A good name exceeds the value of fine perfume, and the day of someone's death exceeds the value of the day of his birth.

11 A good name is better than precious perfume, and the day of death better than the day of one's birth.

22 It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart.

22 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

22 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.

22 It's better to attend a funeral than to attend a banquet, for everyone dies eventually, and the living will take this to heart.

22 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to heart.

33 Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.

33 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

33 Grief is better than laughter, for when a face is sad, a heart may be glad.

33 Sorrow is better than laughter, because the heart is made better through trouble.

33 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better and gains gladness.

44 The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

44 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

44 The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in a house of pleasure.

44 For the wise person thinks carefully when in mourning, but fools focus their thoughts on pleasure.

44 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth and sensual joy.

55 It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

55 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

55 It is better to listen to rebuke from a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

55 It is better to listen to a wise person's rebuke than to listen to the praise of fools.

55 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

66 For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.

66 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

66 For like the crackling of [burning] thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.

66 For as thorns burn to heat a pot, so also is the laughter of the fool even this is pointless.

66 For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!

Wisdom'Although Vulnerable'Is Beneficial

77 For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.

77 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

77 Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe destroys the mind.

77 Unjust gain makes the wise foolish, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

77 Surely oppression and extortion make a wise man foolish, and a bribe destroys the understanding and judgment.

88 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

88 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

88 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.

88 The conclusion of something is better than its beginning, and a patient attitude is more valuable than a proud one.

88 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

99 Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

99 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

99 Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.

99 Never be in a hurry to become internally angry, since anger settles down in the lap of fools.

99 Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.

1010 Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.

1010 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.

1010 Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not wise of you to ask this.

1010 Never ask "Why does the past seem so much better than now?" because this question does not come from wisdom.

1010 Do not say, Why were the old days better than these? For it is not wise or because of wisdom that you ask this.

Wisdom Gives Life

1111 Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun.

1111 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

1111 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and an advantage to those who see the sun.

1111 Wise use of possessions is good; it brings benefit to the living.

1111 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yes, more excellent it is for those [the living] who see the sun.

1212 For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.

1212 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

1212 For wisdom is protection as money is protection, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.

1212 Indeed, wisdom gives protection, just like money does, but it's better to know that wisdom gives life, to those who have mastered it.

1212 For wisdom is a defense even as money is a defense, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the life of him who has it.

Humans Must Accept God's Will And Make The Best Of It

1313 Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?

1313 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

1313 Consider the work of God; for who can straighten out what He has made crooked?

1313 Consider the work of God: Who is able to straighten what he has bent?

1313 Consider the work of God: who can make straight what He has made crooked?

A Truth For Every Situation

1414 In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider-- God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.

1414 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

1414 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.

1414 When times are good, be joyful; when times are bad, consider this: God made the one as well as the other, so people won't seek anything outside of his best.

1414 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider that God has made the one side by side with the other, so that man may not find out anything that shall be after him.

The Law Of Retribution Does Not Always Work'But It Does Sometimes

1515 I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.

1515 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

1515 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.

1515 I have seen it all during my pointless life: both a righteous person who dies while he is righteous, and a wicked person who lives to an old age, while remaining wicked.

1515 I have seen everything in the days of my vanity (my emptiness, falsity, vainglory, and futility): there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in [spite of] his evildoing.

1616 Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?

1616 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

1616 Don't be excessively righteous, and don't be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

1616 Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise. Why be self-destructive?

1616 Be not [morbidly exacting and externally] righteous overmuch, neither strive to make yourself [pretentiously appear] overwise -- "why should you [get puffed up and] destroy yourself [with presumptuous self-sufficiency]?

1717 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

1717 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

1717 Don't be excessively wicked, and don't be foolish. Why should you die before your time?

1717 Do not excel at wickedness, nor be a fool. Why die before your time?

1717 [Although all have sinned] be not wicked overmuch or willfully, neither be foolish -- "why should you die before your time?

1818 It is good that you grasp one thing and also not let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with both of them.

1818 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

1818 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.

1818 It is good for you to grab hold of this and not let go, because whoever fears God will escape all of these extremes.

1818 It is good that you should take hold of this and from that withdraw not your hand; for he who [reverently] fears and worships God will come forth from them all.

Wisdom Is Valuable, But No One Is Completely Righteous

1919 Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.

1919 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

1919 Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers of a city.

1919 Wisdom given as strength to a wise person is better than having ten powerful men in the city.

1919 [True] wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers or valiant generals who are in the city.

2020 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

2020 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

2020 There is certainly no righteous man on the earth who does good and never sins.

2020 For there is not a single righteous man on earth who practices good and does not sin.

2020 Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth who does good and never sins.

2121 Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.

2121 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

2121 Don't pay attention to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you;

2121 Don't listen to everything that is spoken you may hear your servant cursing you,

2121 Do not give heed to everything that is said, lest you hear your servant cursing you -- "

2222 For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.

2222 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

2222 for you know that many times you yourself have cursed others.

2222 since you also know how often you have cursed others.

2222 For often your own heart knows that you have likewise cursed others.

Absolute Wisdom Is Unattainable

2323 I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me.

2323 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.

2323 I have tested all this by wisdom. I resolved, "I will be wise," but it was beyond me.

2323 I used my wisdom to test all of this. I said, "I want to be wise," but it was beyond me.

2323 All this have I tried and proved by wisdom. I said, I will be wise [independently of God] -- "but it was far from me.

2424 What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious Who can discover it?

2424 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

2424 What exists is beyond [reach] and very deep. Who can discover it?

2424 Whatever it is, it's far off and most profound. Who can attain it?

2424 That which is is far off, and that which is deep is very deep -- "who can find it out [true wisdom independent of the fear of God]?

2525 I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.

2525 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:

2525 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.

2525 I committed myself to understand, to learn, to search for wisdom and explanations, and to understand both the evil that is foolishness and the stupidity that is delusion.

2525 I turned about [penitent] and my heart was set to know and to search out and to seek [true] wisdom and the reason of things, and to know that wickedness is folly and that foolishness is madness [and what had led me into such wickedness and madness].

2626 And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.

2626 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

2626 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.

2626 I discovered for myself a bitterness that surpasses that of death: the woman whose heart is full of snares and nets, whose hands are chains of bondage. Whoever pleases God will escape from her, but the transgressor will be trapped by her.

2626 And I found that [of all sinful follies none has been so ruinous in seducing one away from God as idolatrous women] more bitter than death is the woman whose heart is snares and nets and whose hands are bands. Whoever pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her.

2727 "Behold, I have discovered this," says the Preacher, "adding one thing to another to find an explanation,

2727 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:

2727 "Look," says the Teacher, "this I have discovered, by adding one thing to another to find out the explanation,

2727 "Look at this," says the Teacher. "Linking one thing to another, I reached this conclusion:

2727 Behold, this I have found, says the Preacher, while weighing one thing after another to find out the right estimate [and the reason] -- "

2828 which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.

2828 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

2828 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.

2828 Among the things I seek but have not found: one man among a thousand I did find, but I have not found one woman to be wise among all these.

2828 Which I am still seeking but have not found -- "one upright man among a thousand have I found, but an upright woman among all those [one thousand in my harem] have I not found.

2929 "Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices."

2929 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

2929 Only see this: I have discovered that God made people upright, but they pursued many schemes."

2929 I have discovered only this: God made human beings for righteousness, but they seek many alternatives."

2929 Behold, this is the only [reason for it that] I have found: God made man upright, but they [men and women] have sought out many devices [for evil].



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