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.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; And the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

New American Standard 1977
The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
            Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Ephesians 4:2
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Proverbs 14:29
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

Proverbs 16:32
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
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.
Treasury of Scripture

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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Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

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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 …

James 5:8 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the …

1 Peter 2:20,21 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you …

1 Peter 5:5,6 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

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