Ecclesiastes 7:22
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New International Version
for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.

New Living Translation
For you know how often you yourself have cursed others.

English Standard Version
Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

New American Standard Bible
For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.

King James Bible
For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for you know that many times you yourself have cursed others.

International Standard Version
since you also know how often you have cursed others.

NET Bible
For you know in your own heart that you also have cursed others many times.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your conscience knows that you have cursed others many times.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thine own heart knows that thou thyself likewise hast spoken evil of others many times.

King James 2000 Bible
For oftentimes also your own heart knows that you yourself likewise have cursed others.

American King James Version
For oftentimes also your own heart knows that you yourself likewise have cursed others.

American Standard Version
for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thy conscience knoweth that thou also hast often spoken evil of others.

Darby Bible Translation
For also thine own heart knoweth that oftentimes thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

English Revised Version
for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

Webster's Bible Translation
For often also thy own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

World English Bible
for often your own heart knows that you yourself have likewise cursed others.

Young's Literal Translation
For many times also hath thy heart known that thou thyself also hast reviled others.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:11-22 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea better. It shelters from the storms and scorching heat of trouble. Wealth will not lengthen out the natural life; but true wisdom will give spiritual life, and strengthen men for services under their sufferings. Let us look upon the disposal of our condition as the work of God, and at last all will appear to have been for the best. In acts of righteousness, be not carried into heats or passions, no, not by a zeal for God. Be not conceited of thine own abilities; nor find fault with every thing, nor busy thyself in other men's matters. Many who will not be wrought upon by the fear of God, and the dread of hell, will avoid sins which ruin their health and estate, and expose to public justice. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves. Every true believer is ready to say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Forget not at the same time, that personal righteousness, walking in newness of life, is the only real evidence of an interest by faith in the righteousness of the Redeemer. Wisdom teaches us not to be quick in resenting affronts. Be not desirous to know what people say; if they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir up thy passion. See that thou approve thyself to God and thine own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee; it is easier to pass by twenty affronts than to avenge one. When any harm is done to us, examine whether we have not done as bad to others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - Oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. The appeal to a man's own conscience follows. The fact that we often speak ill of others should make us less open to take offence at what is said of ourselves, and prepared to expect unfavorable comments. The Lord has said, "Judge not, that ye be not judged; for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you" (Matthew 7:1, 2). This is a universal law. "Who is he," asks Ben-Sirs, "that hath not offended with his tongue?" (Ecclus. 19:16). Septuagint, Ὅτι πλειστάκις πονηρεύσεταί σε καὶ καθόδους πολλὰς κακώσει καρδίαν σου ὄτι ὡς καίγε σὺ κατηράσω ἑτέρους, "For many times he [thy servant] shall act ill to thee, and in many ways shall afflict thine heart, for even thou also hast cursed others." This seems to be a combination of two renderings of the passage. "It is the praise of perfect greatness to meet hostile treatment, without bravely and within mercifully some things are more quickly dismissed from our hearts if we know our own misdemeanors against our neighbors. For whilst we reflect what we have been towards others, we are the less concerned that others should have proved such persons towards ourselves, be cause the injustice of another avenges in us what our conscience justly accuses in itself" (St. Gregory, 'Moral.,' 22:26).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth,.... Or "thy conscience", as the Vulgate Latin version, which is as a thousand witnesses; which, if a man attends to, he will be convinced of his own faults, failings, and infirmities, he is frequently in the commission of. Particularly,

that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others; either in heart, or with the tongue; thought ill of them, wished ill to them; spoke contemptibly of them, reviled and reproached them; called them by bad names, and abused them; and said some very hard and severe words concerning them, in a passionate fit, being provoked; and afterwards repented of it, being better informed of the state of the case, or being convinced of the evil of passion and rash speaking; and therefore such should consider the like passions and infirmities of others, and pass over them, and forgive them: so Alshech,

"if thou hast cursed others, and dost desire men should forgive thee, so do thou also forgive;''

see Matthew 6:14. The word "oftentimes", in the first clause, is to be connected, not with the word "knoweth", as if a man often knew this, but with the word "cursed"; suggesting, that a man may be often guilty of this himself, and therefore should be more sparing of his censures of others; see Matthew 7:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. (1Ki 2:44).

Ecclesiastes 7:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Limits of Human Wisdom
21Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. 22For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others. 23I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:21
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you--

Ecclesiastes 7:23
All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"-- but this was beyond me.
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