Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

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

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

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

International Standard Version

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.

A Conservative Version

A [good] name is better than precious oil, and the day of death, than the day of birth.

Amplified

A good name is better than precious perfume,
And the day of one’s death better than the day of one’s birth.

Bible in Basic English

A good name is better than oil of great price, and the day of death than the day of birth.

Darby Translation

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

Julia Smith Translation

A good name is above good oil, and the day of death above the day of birth.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

A good name [is] better than precious ointment, and the day of death [is better] than the day of one's birth.

Modern King James verseion

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

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A good name is more worth than a precious ointment, and the day of death is better than the day of birth.

NET Bible

A good reputation is better than precious perfume; likewise, the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth.

New Heart English Bible

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

The Emphasized Bible

Better a name, than precious ointment, - and the day of death, than the day of one's birth.

Webster

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

World English Bible

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

Youngs Literal Translation

Better is a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁם 
Shem 
Usage: 865

שׁמן 
Shemen 
Usage: 193

and the day
יום 
Yowm 
Usage: 2293

of death
מות 
Maveth 
Usage: 156

than the day
יום 
Yowm 
Usage: 2293

References

Fausets

Fly

Hastings

Morish

Smith

Watsons

Context Readings

People Generally Do Not Know What Is Best For Them

1 A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one's birth. 2 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.


Cross References

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Ecclesiastes 4:2

Wherefore I praised the dead that have been long dead more than the living that are yet alive;

Song of Songs 1:3

Thine oils have a goodly fragrance; Thy name is as oil poured forth; Therefore do the virgins love thee.

Job 3:17

There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary are at rest.

Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart; And good tidings make the bones fat.

Proverbs 27:9

Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; So doth the sweetness of a man's friend that cometh of hearty counsel.

Ecclesiastes 10:1

Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor;'so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.

Song of Songs 4:10

How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine oils than all manner of spices!

Isaiah 56:5

Unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Isaiah 57:1-2

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart; and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come .

Luke 10:20

Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

John 13:2

And during supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's'son , to betray him,

2 Corinthians 5:1

For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:8

we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21-23

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Hebrews 11:2

For therein the elders had witness borne to them.

Hebrews 11:39

And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith, received not the promise,

Revelation 14:13

And I heard the voice from heaven saying, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them.

Psalm 133:2

It is like the precious oil upon the head, That ran down upon the beard, Even Aaron's beard; That came down upon the skirt of his garments;

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