Ecclesiastes 7:1
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New International Version
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

New Living Translation
A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.

English Standard Version
A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of 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 Bible
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

Holman Christian Standard 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.

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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A good name is better than expensive perfume, and the day you die is better than the day you're born.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A good name is better than precious oil; And the day of death than the day of one's birth.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

King James 2000 Bible
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
A good name is better than precious ointments: and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

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

English Revised Version
A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:1-6 Reputation for piety and honesty is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. It will do more good to go to a funeral than to a feast. We may lawfully go to both, as there is occasion; our Saviour both feasted at the wedding of his friend in Cana, and wept at the grave of his friend in Bethany. But, considering how apt we are to be vain and indulge the flesh, it is best to go to the house of mourning, to learn the end of man as to this world. Seriousness is better than mirth and jollity. That is best for us which is best for our souls, though it be unpleasing to sense. It is better to have our corruptions mortified by the rebuke of the wise, than to have them gratified by the song of fools. The laughter of a fool is soon gone, the end of his mirth is heaviness.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
1A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth. 2It 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.…
Cross References
Proverbs 22:1
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

Ecclesiastes 4:2
So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

Song of Solomon 1:3
"Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.

Jonah 4:3
"Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life."
Treasury of Scripture

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

name

Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

Proverbs 22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving …

Isaiah 56:5 Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place …

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject …

Hebrews 11:2,39 For by it the elders obtained a good report…

precious

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking …

Psalm 133:2 It is like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down on the …

Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of …

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment …

Songs 4:10 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your …

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of …

the day

Ecclesiastes 4:2 Why I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living …

Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

Isaiah 57:1,2 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

2 Corinthians 5:1,8 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are …

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