Ecclesiastes 7:8
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New International Version
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

New Living Translation
Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.

English Standard Version
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

New American Standard Bible
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.

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

NET Bible
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; likewise, patience is better than pride.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The end of something is better than its beginning. It is better to be patient than arrogant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and he who has suffered in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

American King James Version
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

American Standard Version
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is the end of a speech than the beginning. Better is the patient man than the presumptuous.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; better is a patient spirit than a proud spirit.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

World English Bible
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the latter end of a thing than its beginning, Better is the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:7-10 The event of our trials and difficulties is often better than at first we thought. Surely it is better to be patient in spirit, than to be proud and hasty. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting an affront. Be not long angry; though anger may come into the bosom of a wise man, it passes through it as a way-faring man; it dwells only in the bosom of fools. It is folly to cry out upon the badness of our times, when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts; and even in these times we enjoy many mercies. It is folly to cry up the goodness of former times; as if former ages had not the like things to complain of that we have: this arises from discontent, and aptness to quarrel with God himself.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 8-14. - Section 2. Here follow some recommendations to patience and resignation under the ordering of God's providence. Such conduct is shown to be true wisdom. Verse 8. - Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. This is not a repetition of the assertion in ver. I concealing the day of death and the day of birth, but states a truth in a certain sense generally true. The end is better because we then can form a right judgment about a matter; we see what was its purpose; we know whether it has been advantageous and prosperous or not. Christ's maxim, often repeated (see Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:13; Romans 2:7; Hebrews 3:6, etc.), is, "He that shall endure unto the end shall be saved." No one living can be said to be so absolutely safe as that he can look to the great day without trembling. Death puts the seal to the good life, and, obviates the danger of falling away. Of course, if a thing is in itself evil, the gnome is not true (comp. Proverbs 5:3, 4; Proverbs 16:25, etc.); but applied to things indifferent at the outset, it is as correct as generalizations can be. The lesson of patience is here taught. A man should not be precipitate in his judgments, but wait for the issue. From the ambiguity in the expression dabar (see on Ecclesiastes 6:11), many render it "word "in this passage. Thus the Vulgate, Melior est finis orationis, quam principium; and the Septuagint, Ἀγαθὴ ἐσχάτη λόγων ὑπὲρ ἀρχὴν αὐτοῦ, where φωνή, or some such word, must be supplied. If this interpretation be preferred, we must either take the maxim as stating generally that few words are better than many, and that the sooner one concludes a speech, so much the better for speaker and hearer; or we must consider that the word intended is a well-merited rebuke, which, however severe and at first disliked, proves in the end wholesome and profitable. And the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. "Patient" is literally "long of spirit," as the phrase, "short of spirit," is used in Proverbs 14:29 and Job 21:4 to denote one who loses his temper and is impatient. To wait calmly for the result of an action, not to be hasty in arraigning Providence, is the part of a patient man; while the proud, inflated, conceited man, who thinks all must be arranged according to his notions, is never resigned or content, but rebels against the ordained course of events. "In your patience ye shall win your souls," said Christ (Luke 21:19); and a Scotch proverb declares wisely, "He that weel bides, weel betides."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof,.... If the thing is good, other ways the end of it is worse; as the end of wickedness and wicked men, whose beginning is sweet, but the end bitter; yea, are the ways of death, Proverbs 5:4; and so the end of carnal professors and apostates, who begin in the Spirit, and end in the flesh, Galatians 3:3; but the end of good things, and of good men, is better than the beginning; as the end of Job was, both with respect to things temporal and spiritual, Job 8:7; see Psalm 37:37;

and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit; patience is a fruit of the Spirit of God; and is of great use in the Christian's life, and especially in bearing afflictions, and tends to make men more humble, meek, and quiet; and such are highly esteemed of God; on them he looks, with them he dwells, and to them he gives more grace; when such who are proud, and elated with themselves, their riches or righteousness, are abominable to him; see Luke 16:15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. connected with Ec 7:7. Let the "wise" wait for "the end," and the "oppressions" which now (in "the beginning") perplex their faith, will be found by God's working to be overruled to their good. "Tribulation worketh patience" (Ro 5:3), which is infinitely better than "the proud spirit" that prosperity might have generated in them, as it has in fools (Ps 73:2, 3, 12-14, 17-26; Jas 5:11).

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Value of Wisdom
7For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart. 8The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit. 9Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.…
Cross References
Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
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Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

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Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is …

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules …

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his …

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

Romans 2:7,8 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

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