New International Version
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better 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.
Darby Bible Translation
A [good] name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
World English Bible
A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one's birth.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A good name - Unsatisfactory as all sublunary things are, yet still there are some which are of great consequence, and among them a good name. The place is well paraphrased in the following verses:
"A spotless name,
By virtuous deeds acquired, is sweeter far
Than fragant balms, whose odors round diffused
Regale the invited guests. Well may such men
Rejoice at death's approach, and bless the hours
That end their toilsome pilgrimage; assured
That till the race of life is finish'd none
Can be completely blest."
Ecclesiastes 7:1."Beneath a holm repair'd two jolly swains:
Their sheep and goats together grazed the plains;
Both young Arcadians, both alike inspired
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryFinis Coronat Opus
'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Song of Solomon 1:3
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you!
Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."
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