Ecclesiastes 9:8
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New International Version
Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.

New Living Translation
Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne!

English Standard Version
Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.

New American Standard Bible
Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.

King James Bible
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let your clothes be white all the time, and never let oil be lacking on your head.

International Standard Version
Always keep your garments white, and don't fail to anoint your head.

NET Bible
Let your clothes always be white, and do not spare precious ointment on your head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Always wear clean clothes, and never go without lotion on your head.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let thy garments be always white; And let thy head lack no oil.

New American Standard 1977
Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy garments shall always be white, and thy head shall never lack ointment.

King James 2000 Bible
Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.

American King James Version
Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.

American Standard Version
Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At all times let thy garments be white, and let not oil depart from thy head.

Darby Bible Translation
Let thy garments be always white, and let not thy head lack oil.

English Revised Version
Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack ointment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

World English Bible
Let your garments be always white, and don't let your head lack oil.

Young's Literal Translation
At all times let thy garments be white, and let not perfume be lacking on thy head.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:4-10 The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Solomon exhorts the wise and pious to cheerful confidence in God, whatever their condition in life. The meanest morsel, coming from their Father's love, in answer to prayer, will have a peculiar relish. Not that we may set our hearts upon the delights of sense, but what God has given us we may use with wisdom. The joy here described, is the gladness of heart that springs from a sense of the Divine favour. This is the world of service, that to come is the world of recompence. All in their stations, may find some work to do. And above all, sinners have the salvation of their souls to seek after, believers have to prove their faith, adorn the gospel, glorify God, and serve their generation.
Study Bible
Enjoy Your Portion in This Life
7Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works. 8Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head. 9Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.…
Cross References
Luke 7:46
You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfume.

Revelation 3:4
But you do have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments, and because they are worthy, they will walk with Me in white.

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Treasury of Scripture

Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.

thy garments

2 Samuel 19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and …

Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel …

Revelation 3:4,5 You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their …

Revelation 7:9,13,14 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could …

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps …

Revelation 19:8,14 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, …

let thy head

Ruth 3:3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment on …

2 Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched there a wise woman, and said …

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, …

Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: …

Matthew 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

Luke 7:46 My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed …

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