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Ecclesiastes 7
Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. (kjv) Ecl 7:1 A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth. Ecc 7:1 ἀγαθὸν ὄνομα ὑπὲρ ἔλαιον ἀγαθὸν καὶ ἡμέρα τοῦ θανάτου ὑπὲρ ἡμέραν γενέσεως αὐτοῦ
Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. (kjv) Ecl 7:2 It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart. Ecc 7:2 ἀγαθὸν πορευθῆναι εἰς οἶκον πένθους ἢ ὅτι πορευθῆναι εἰς οἶκον πότου καθότι τοῦτο τέλος παντὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ ὁ ζῶν δώσει εἰς καρδίαν αὐτοῦ
Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (kjv) Ecl 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. Ecc 7:3 ἀγαθὸν θυμὸς ὑπὲρ γέλωτα ὅτι ἐν κακίᾳ προσώπου ἀγαθυνθήσεται καρδία
Ecc 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. (kjv) Ecl 7:4 The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. Ecc 7:4 καρδία σοφῶν ἐν οἴκῳ πένθους καὶ καρδία ἀφρόνων ἐν οἴκῳ εὐφροσύνης
Ecc 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. (kjv) Ecl 7:5 It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools. Ecc 7:5 ἀγαθὸν τὸ ἀκοῦσαι ἐπιτίμησιν σοφοῦ ὑπὲρ ἄνδρα ἀκούοντα ᾆσμα ἀφρόνων
Ecc 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. (kjv) Ecl 7:6 For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility. Ecc 7:6 ὅτι ὡς φωνὴ τῶν ἀκανθῶν ὑπὸ τὸν λέβητα οὕτως γέλως τῶν ἀφρόνων καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης
Ecc 7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart. (kjv) Ecl 7:7 For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart. Ecc 7:7 ὅτι ἡ συκοφαντία περιφέρει σοφὸν καὶ ἀπόλλυσι τὴν καρδίαν εὐτονίας αὐτοῦ
Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (kjv) Ecl 7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit. Ecc 7:8 ἀγαθὴ ἐσχάτη λόγων ὑπὲρ ἀρχὴν αὐτοῦ ἀγαθὸν μακρόθυμος ὑπὲρ ὑψηλὸν πνεύματι
Ecc 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. (kjv) Ecl 7:9 Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools. Ecc 7:9 μὴ σπεύσῃς ἐν πνεύματί σου τοῦ θυμοῦσθαι ὅτι θυμὸς ἐν κόλπῳ ἀφρόνων ἀναπαύσεται
Ecc 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. (kjv) Ecl 7:10 Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. Ecc 7:10 μὴ εἴπῃς τί ἐγένετο ὅτι αἱ ἡμέραι αἱ πρότεραι ἦσαν ἀγαθαὶ ὑπὲρ ταύτας ὅτι οὐκ ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐπηρώτησας περὶ τούτου
Ecc 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. (kjv) Ecl 7:11 Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun. Ecc 7:11 ἀγαθὴ σοφία μετὰ κληροδοσίας καὶ περισσεία τοῖς θεωροῦσιν τὸν ἥλιον
Ecc 7:12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. (kjv) Ecl 7:12 For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. Ecc 7:12 ὅτι ἐν σκιᾷ αὐτῆς ἡ σοφία ὡς σκιὰ τοῦ ἀργυρίου καὶ περισσεία γνώσεως τῆς σοφίας ζωοποιήσει τὸν παρ᾽ αὐτῆς
Ecc 7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? (kjv) Ecl 7:13 Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent? Ecc 7:13 ἰδὲ τὰ ποιήματα τοῦ θεοῦ ὅτι τίς δυνήσεται τοῦ κοσμῆσαι ὃν ἂν ὁ θεὸς διαστρέψῃ αὐτόν
Ecc 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. (kjv) Ecl 7:14 In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider-- God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him. Ecc 7:14 ἐν ἡμέρᾳ ἀγαθωσύνης ζῆθι ἐν ἀγαθῷ καὶ ἐν ἡμέρᾳ κακίας ἰδέ καί γε σὺν τοῦτο σύμφωνον τούτῳ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς περὶ λαλιᾶς ἵνα μὴ εὕρῃ ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ μηδέν
Ecc 7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. (kjv) Ecl 7:15 I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness. Ecc 7:15 σὺν τὰ πάντα εἶδον ἐν ἡμέραις ματαιότητός μου ἔστιν δίκαιος ἀπολλύμενος ἐν δικαίῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔστιν ἀσεβὴς μένων ἐν κακίᾳ αὐτοῦ
Ecc 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ? (kjv) Ecl 7:16 Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? Ecc 7:16 μὴ γίνου δίκαιος πολὺ καὶ μὴ σοφίζου περισσά μήποτε ἐκπλαγῇς
Ecc 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? (kjv) Ecl 7:17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time? Ecc 7:17 μὴ ἀσεβήσῃς πολὺ καὶ μὴ γίνου σκληρός ἵνα μὴ ἀποθάνῃς ἐν οὐ καιρῷ σου
Ecc 7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all. (kjv) Ecl 7:18 It is good that you grasp one thing and also not let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with both of them. Ecc 7:18 ἀγαθὸν τὸ ἀντέχεσθαί σε ἐν τούτῳ καί γε ἀπὸ τούτου μὴ ἀνῇς τὴν χεῖρά σου ὅτι φοβούμενος τὸν θεὸν ἐξελεύσεται τὰ πάντα
Ecc 7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city. (kjv) Ecl 7:19 Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. Ecc 7:19 ἡ σοφία βοηθήσει τῷ σοφῷ ὑπὲρ δέκα ἐξουσιάζοντας τοὺς ὄντας ἐν τῇ πόλει
Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (kjv) Ecl 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins. Ecc 7:20 ὅτι ἄνθρωπος οὐκ ἔστιν δίκαιος ἐν τῇ γῇ ὃς ποιήσει ἀγαθὸν καὶ οὐχ ἁμαρτήσεται
Ecc 7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: (kjv) Ecl 7:21 Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. Ecc 7:21 καί γε εἰς πάντας τοὺς λόγους οὓς λαλήσουσιν μὴ θῇς καρδίαν σου ὅπως μὴ ἀκούσῃς τοῦ δούλου σου καταρωμένου σε
Ecc 7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. (kjv) Ecl 7:22 For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others. Ecc 7:22 ὅτι πλειστάκις πονηρεύσεταί σε καὶ καθόδους πολλὰς κακώσει καρδίαν σου ὅπως καί γε σὺ κατηράσω ἑτέρους
Ecc 7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. (kjv) Ecl 7:23 I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me. Ecc 7:23 πάντα ταῦτα ἐπείρασα ἐν τῇ σοφίᾳ εἶπα σοφισθήσομαι
Ecc 7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? (kjv) Ecl 7:24 What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it? Ecc 7:24 καὶ αὐτὴ ἐμακρύνθη ἀπ᾽ ἐμοῦ μακρὰν ὑπὲρ ὃ ἦν καὶ βαθὺ βάθος τίς εὑρήσει αὐτό
Ecc 7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: (kjv) Ecl 7:25 I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness. Ecc 7:25 ἐκύκλωσα ἐγώ καὶ ἡ καρδία μου τοῦ γνῶναι καὶ τοῦ κατασκέψασθαι καὶ ζητῆσαι σοφίαν καὶ ψῆφον καὶ τοῦ γνῶναι ἀσεβοῦς ἀφροσύνην καὶ σκληρίαν καὶ περιφοράν
Ecc 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. (kjv) Ecl 7:26 And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her. Ecc 7:26 καὶ εὑρίσκω ἐγὼ πικρότερον ὑπὲρ θάνατον σὺν τὴν γυναῖκα ἥτις ἐστὶν θηρεύματα καὶ σαγῆναι καρδία αὐτῆς δεσμοὶ χεῖρες αὐτῆς ἀγαθὸς πρὸ προσώπου τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξαιρεθήσεται ἀπ᾽ αὐτῆς καὶ ἁμαρτάνων συλλημφθήσεται ἐν αὐτῇ
Ecc 7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account: (kjv) Ecl 7:27 "Behold, I have discovered this," says the Preacher, "adding one thing to another to find an explanation, Ecc 7:27 ἰδὲ τοῦτο εὗρον εἶπεν ὁ Ἐκκλησιαστής μία τῇ μιᾷ τοῦ εὑρεῖν λογισμόν
Ecc 7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. (kjv) Ecl 7:28 which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these. Ecc 7:28 ὃν ἔτι ἐζήτησεν ἡ ψυχή μου καὶ οὐχ εὗρον ἄνθρωπον ἕνα ἀπὸ χιλίων εὗρον καὶ γυναῖκα ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις οὐχ εὗρον
Ecc 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.(kjv) Ecl 7:29 Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices." Ecc 7:29 πλὴν ἰδὲ τοῦτο εὗρον ὃ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς σὺν τὸν ἄνθρωπον εὐθῆ καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐζήτησαν λογισμοὺς πολλούς

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