New International Version
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
King James Bible
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; better is a patient spirit than a proud spirit.
World English Bible
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is the latter end of a thing than its beginning, Better is the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Better is the end - We can then judge of the whole, and especially if the matter relate to the conduct of Divine Providence. At the beginning we are often apt to make very rash conjectures, and often suppose that such and such things are against us; and that every thing is going wrong. Dr. Byrom gives good advice on such a subject: -
"With patient mind thy course of duty run:
God nothing does, nor suffers to be done,
But thou wouldst do thyself, couldst thou but see
The and of all events, as well as He."
I may add, in the words of our paraphrast: -
"Wait the result, nor ask with frantic rage
Why God permits such things. His ways, though now
Involved in clouds and darkness, will appear
All right, when from thine eyes the mist is cleared.
Till then, to learn submission to his will
More wisdom shows, than vainly thus to attempt
Exploring what thou canst not comprehend,
And God for wisest ends thinks fit to hide."
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.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
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