Ecclesiastes 7:1
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English Standard Version
A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.

King James Bible
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

American Standard Version
A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one's birth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A good name is better than precious ointments: and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

English Revised Version
A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

Webster's Bible Translation
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet his soul has never enough;" or, properly, it is not filled, so that it desires nothing further and nothing more; נמלא used as appropriately of the soul as of the ear, Ecclesiastes 1:8; for that the mouth and the soul are here placed opposite to one another as "organs of the purely sensual and therefore transitory enjoyment, and of the deeper and more spiritual and therefore more lasting kind of joys" (Zck.), is an assertion which brings out of the text what it wishes to be in it, - נפשׁ and פּה stand here so little in contrast, that, as at Proverbs 16:26; Isaiah 5:14; Isaiah 29:8, instead of the soul the stomach could also be named; for it is the soul longing, and that after the means from without of self-preservation, that is here meant; נפשׁ היפה, "beautiful soul," Chullin iv. 7, is an appetite which is not fastidious, but is contented. גּמו, καὶ ὃμως ὃμως δέ, as at Ecclesiastes 3:13; Psalm 129:2. All labour, the author means to say, is in the service of the impulse after self-preservation; and yet, although it concentrates all its efforts after this end, it does not bring full satisfaction to the longing soul. This is grounded in the fact that, however in other respects most unlike, men are the same in their unsatisfied longing.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

name

Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

Proverbs 22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Isaiah 56:5 Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters...

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Hebrews 11:2,39 For by it the elders obtained a good report...

precious

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking smell...

Psalm 133:2 It is like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down on the beard, even Aaron's beard...

Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love you.

Songs 4:10 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

the day

Ecclesiastes 4:2 Why I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.

Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

Isaiah 57:1,2 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away...

2 Corinthians 5:1,8 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands...

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain...

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on: Yes, said the Spirit...

Cross References
Proverbs 22:1
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Ecclesiastes 4:2
And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Song of Solomon 1:3
your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you.

Jonah 4:3
Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."

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