Ecclesiastes 7:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

New Living Translation
Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.

English Standard Version
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

King James Bible
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.

International Standard Version
Never be in a hurry to become internally angry, since anger settles down in the lap of fools.

NET Bible
Do not let yourself be quickly provoked, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be quick to get angry, because anger is typical of fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; For anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry,
            For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be hasty in thy spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

American King James Version
Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

American Standard Version
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be vexed; for vexation resteth in the bosom of fools.

English Revised Version
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

World English Bible
Don't be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, For anger in the bosom of fools resteth.
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
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. 10Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:10
Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
Treasury of Scripture

Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

hasty

1 Samuel 25:21,22 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow …

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have …

Esther 3:5,6 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, …

Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

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

Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And …

Ephesians 4:26,27 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath…

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

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Genesis 4:5,6,8 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Genesis 34:7,8,25,26,30,31 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and …

2 Samuel 13:22,28,32 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for …

Proverbs 26:23-26 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross…

Mark 6:19,24 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed …

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