New International Version
Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.
King James Bible
Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
Darby Bible Translation
Say not, How is it that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
World English Bible
Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For you do not ask wisely about this.
Young's Literal Translation
Say not thou, 'What was it, That the former days were better than these?' For thou hast not asked wisely of this.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The former days were better than these? - This is a common saying; and it is as foolish as it is common. There is no weight nor truth in it; but men use it to excuse their crimes, and the folly of their conduct. "In former times, say they, men might be more religious, use more self-denial, be more exemplary." This is all false. In former days men were wicked as they are now, and religion was unfashionable: God also is the same now as he was then; as just, as merciful, as ready to help: and there is no depravity in the age that will excuse your crimes, your follies, and your carelessness.
Among the oriental proverbs I find the following:
"Many say, This is a corrupt age. This mode of speaking is not just, it is not the age that is corrupt, but the men of the age."
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'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.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.
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