Ecclesiastes 7:1
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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
Commentary
Clarke'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

continued...

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...

Library
Finis 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.
Not long after the close of the persecution, Eusebius became bishop of Cæsarea in Palestine, his own home, and held the position until his death. The exact date of his accession cannot be ascertained, indeed we cannot say that it did not take place even before the close of the persecution, but that is hardly probable; in fact, we know of no historian who places it earlier than 313. His immediate predecessor in the episcopate was Agapius, whom he mentions in terms of praise in H. E. VII. 32.
Eusebius Pamphilius—Church History

Columban.
THE wild districts of Ireland were occupied with convents, after the example of Patrick, and cultivated by the hard labour of the monks. The Irish convents were distinguished by their strict Christian discipline, their diligence and their zeal in the study of the Scriptures, and of science in general, as far as they had the means of acquiring it. Irish monks brought learning from Britain and Gaul, they treasured up this learning and elaborated it in the solitude of the convent, and they are said
Augustus Neander—Light in the Dark Places

Sanctification.
VI. Objections answered. I will consider those passages of scripture which are by some supposed to contradict the doctrine we have been considering. 1 Kings viii. 46: "If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near," etc. On this passage, I remark:-- 1. That this sentiment in nearly the same language, is repeated in 2 Chron. vi. 26, and in Eccl.
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

Cross References
Proverbs 22:1
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Ecclesiastes 4:2
And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
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!

Jonah 4:3
Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."

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