+ 8 All of life is far more boring. 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a … 8 Something completed is better than something just begun; patience is better than too much pride. Nothing makes sense. Ecclesiastes 7:12 - CEV - Wisdom will protect you just like money; knowledge... Study verse in the Contemporary English Version and the day of death better than the day of birth. Think of what God has done! 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. Who will get what I leave behind?” What a senseless and miserable life! than it used to be?” 11 Having wisdom is better. than an inheritance. 14 When times are good,    you should be cheerful;when times are bad,    think what it means.God makes them bothto keep us from knowing    what will happen next. because a sad face. I did some great things. God decided long ago that this is what you should do. 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a … Death, He says, is good for the heart. Some fools go there to offer sacrifices, even though they haven’t sinned. I owned slaves, and their sons and daughters became my slaves. She is a trap, reaching out with body and soul to catch you. 7 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of … Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (15) I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. Do what you want and find pleasure in what you see. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. (U)16 Do not be overrighteous,    neither be overwise—    why destroy yourself?17 Do not be overwicked,    and do not be a fool—    why die before your time? Genesis … 7 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. Genesis 7:3 Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird with you. They will never again take part in anything that happens on this earth. Version. 8 All of life is far more boring. One Day at a Time I thought about these things. 15 I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. In verse 16 he speaks of his great wisdom which according to 1 Kings 3:12; 1 Kings 4:2 f; 10:1 only King Solomon had. Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 8 ... 6 Life is hard, but there is a time and a place for everything, 7 though no one can tell the future. 27 “Look,” says the Teacher,[b](AI) “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—28     while I was still searching    but not finding—I found one upright man among a thousand,    but not one upright woman(AJ) among them all.29 This only have I found:    God created mankind upright,    but they have gone in search of many schemes.”. 3 Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. Jump to: … Ecclesiastes 7:9 CEV. Bible Gateway Plus puts a library of commentaries and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. Attending one good funeral can shape a person's worldview more positively than a whole year's worth of parties. Ecclesiastes 7:7 - CEV - Corruption makes fools of sensible people, and... Study verse in the Contemporary English Version 6 Life is hard, but there is a time and a place for everything, 7 though no one can tell the future. Verse 3 may be better understood if translated as, … Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 3 ... 7 for tearing and sewing, listening and speaking. 7 Be happy and enjoy eating and drinking! 4 A sensible person mourns, but fools always laugh. But they are never satisfied with what they own, and they never stop working to get more. # 1.7 return to their source: Or “flow into the sea.”. Navigate by book, topic, passage, search and more. at the time of birth. to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things, and to understand the stupidity of wickedness, “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—. 19 Wisdom(X) makes one wise person more powerful(Y)    than ten rulers in a city. 25 So I decided to learn everything I could and become wise enough to discover what life is all about. 7 for tearing and sewing, listening and speaking. 8 # Ps 7.15; Pr 26.27; Si 27.26,27. Read and study Ecclesiastes 7 in the Contemporary English Version 7 Corruption + makes fools. What God Has Given Us To Do. 4 A sensible person mourns, but fools always laugh. 9 Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. Who can straighten    what he has made crooked? While the individual endures what transpires, it attracts the attention of others, usually close friends and family members—and they talk. Device - See Ecclesiastes 7:25 note. 8 There is also a time. In Ecclesiastes 12:9 he mentions that he set in order many proverbs. Gill's Notes on the Bible. At the same time, I wanted to understand why it’s stupid and senseless to be an evil fool. Our eyes and our ears. American King James Version ×, CEV). There is a time for birth and death, planting and reaping, for killing and healing, destroying and building, for crying and laughing, weeping and dancing, for throwing stones and gathering stones, embracing and parting. In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness. Ecclesiastes 7:19. This too is meaningless. They should ask themselves, “Why am I always working to have more? Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society, Contemporary English Version (CEV). 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing(O)    and benefits those who see the sun. 8 Foreign rulers brought me silver, gold, and precious treasures. Cancel. Something completed is better than something just begun; patience is better than too much pride. 18 Keep to the middle of the road. 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,(Z)    no one who does what is right and never sins.(AA). Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! (S)Therefore, no one can discover    anything about their future. He will judge everyone, both the wicked and the good. You can do this if you truly respect God. Ecclesiastes 7:21. + 9 Be cheerful and enjoy life while you are young! Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? 7 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. Wisdom makes you cheerful and gives you a smile. Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief. Don’t quickly oppose the king or argue when he has already made up his mind. They were crying, but no one was there to offer comfort, and those who mistreated them were powerful. Ecclesiastes 7:20-22 (20) No one in this world always does right. I did some great things. 21 Don’t listen to everything that everyone says, or you might hear your servant cursing you. I have seen good citizens die for doing the right thing, and I have seen criminals live to a ripe old age. 4 # 1 K 10.23-27; 2 Ch 9.22-27. 7 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. 20 No one in this world always does right. and the wicked living long in their wickedness. [] But it’s best just to listen when you go to worship2 Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. S 2Ch 6:36; S Job 4:17; S Pr 20:9; Ro 3:12. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. Ecclesiastes 6:7 - CEV - We struggle just to have enough to eat, but we... Study verse in the Contemporary English Version 23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”(AC)—    but this was beyond me.24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound—    who can discover it? It’s far too deep. Ecclesiastes 7:20 - CEV - No one in this world always does right. 8 Dress up, comb your hair, and look your best. Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge. Study verse in the Contemporary English Version They should ask themselves, “Why am I always working to have more? 12 Wisdom will protect you than an inheritance. A time to rend, and a time to sew,....To rend garments, in case of blasphemy, and in times of mourning and fasting, and then to sew them up when they are over; see Isaiah 37:1; This the Jews apply to the rending of the ten tribes from Rehoboam, signified by the rending of Jeroboam's garment, 1 Kings 11:30; the sewing up or uniting of which is foretold, Ezekiel 37:22. Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 1 ... 7 All rivers empty into the sea, but it never spills over; one by one the rivers return. than it used to be?” 11 Having wisdom is better. # 1.17 chasing the wind: See the note at 1.14. 12 Wisdom will protect you Share. 16 So don’t destroy yourself by being too good or acting too smart! (AF), 26 I find more bitter than death    the woman who is a snare,(AG)whose heart is a trap    and whose hands are chains.The man who pleases God will escape her,    but the sinner she will ensnare.(AH). 4 I looked again and saw people being mistreated everywhere on earth. are never satisfied. Ecclesiastes 7:20 - CEV - No one in this world always does right. It’s far too deep. 27 With all my wisdom I have tried to find out how everything fits together, 28 but so far I have not been able to. Anything can happen to any one of us, and so we never know I found one upright man among a thousand, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”. 5 Harsh correction is better than the songs of a fool. than words could ever say. # 11.8 Nothing makes sense: Or “There's nothing to look forward to!” 4 # 1 K 10.23-27; 2 Ch 9.22-27. I have seen good citizens die for doing the right thing, and I have seen criminals live to a ripe old age. 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say,    or you(AB) may hear your servant cursing you—22 for you know in your heart    that many times you yourself have cursed others. 8 Even if you have a very long life, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. 29 I did learn one thing: We were completely honest when God created us, but now we have twisted minds. 4 A sensible person mourns, but fools always laugh. Ecclesiastes 7:9 in all English translations. Genesis 7:6. If you don’t obey, you are done for. Ecclesiastes 7:18-20 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 18 Keep to the middle of the road. 10 I have seen what difficult things God demands of us. Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 (CEV) 2 It’s better to go to a funeral than to attend a feast; funerals remind us that we all must die. To begin with, “Do not be overly righteousness” does not warn against aiming for excellence in obedience to God.Rather, it is a further caution not to find fault with God for allowing situations like those in verse 15 to exist, for such circumstances hold vital teaching for those directly involved. Genesis 7:2 Take seven pairs of every kind of animal that can be used for sacrifice and one pair of all others. The first concept Solomon mentions in this chapter is the importance of one's reputation, that is, having a good name (Ecclesiastes 7:1).His concern is weighted, not so much toward a person's reputation before other people, but toward his reputation before God.He does this because people often do not know how to judge the true value of character traits. Ecclesiastes 9:11 (V)18 It is good to grasp the one    and not let go of the other. 16 # 1 K 4.29-31; Si 47.14-18. 15 I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. 29 I did learn one thing: We were completely honest when God created us, but now we have twisted minds. 20 No one in this world always does right. that many times you yourself have cursed others. He upsets the natural order of the cosmos, and the normal course of events for mankind in general and for individuals. 7 A good name is better than fine perfume,(A)    and the day of death better than the day of birth. 7 A good reputation    at the time of deathis better than loving care    at the time of birth. than too much pride. with what we see and hear. 10 I have seen what difficult things God demands of us. Click to Sign Up Now! 27 With all my wisdom I have tried to find out how everything fits together, 28 but so far I have not been able to. 7 for tearing and sewing, listening and speaking. 17 Don’t die before your time by being too evil or acting like a fool. Language Tools. The works which we carry on here with the combined energies of body and soul come to an end in the hour of death, when the soul enters a new sphere of existence, and body and soul cease to act together. (AD)25 So I turned my mind to understand,    to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things(AE)and to understand the stupidity of wickedness    and the madness of folly. ... Ecclesiastes 7:20. 8 Dress up, comb your hair, and look your best. God may give you everything you want—money, property, and wealth. 2 It's better to go to a funeral. Compare John 9:4. 3 Choose sorrow over laughter. 8 For example, some people don’t have friends or family. 5 Be careful what you do when you enter the house of God. than to attend a feast; funerals remind us. 7 # 1 K 4.23. [a]2 It’s better to go to a funeral    than to attend a feast;funerals remind us    that we all must die.3 Choose sorrow over laughterbecause a sad face    may hide a happy heart.4 A sensible person mourns,    but fools always laugh.5 Harsh correction is better    than the songs of a fool.6 Foolish laughter is stupid.It sounds like thorns    crackling in a fire.7 Corruption[b] makes foolsof sensible people,    and bribes can ruin you.8 Something completed is better    than something just begun;patience is better    than too much pride.9 Only fools get angry quickly    and hold a grudge.10 It isn’t wise to ask,“Why is everything worse    than it used to be?”11 Having wisdom is better    than an inheritance.12 Wisdom will protect you    just like money;knowledge with good sense    will lead you to life.13 Think of what God has done!If God makes something crooked,    can you make it straight? I do know there is one good man in a thousand, but never have I found a good woman. 17 So I told myself that God has set a time and a place for everything. In Ecclesiastes chap. 6 And I had pools where I could get water for the trees. than something just begun; patience is better. Ecclesiastes 7:16-22 can help to solve the riddle of verse 15. Study This. I have seen good citizens die for doing the right thing, and I have seen criminals live to a ripe old age. 9 Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. 5 I had flower gardens and orchards full of fruit trees. Then God doesn’t let you enjoy it, and someone you don’t even know gets it all. 19 Wisdom will make you stronger than the ten most powerful leaders in your city. for love and hate, for war and peace. Even as man makes many things crooked (Ecclesiastes 1:15), God, too, wrests things out of our hands and twists our paths in a different direction—and we certainly cannot undo what He has done.He exercises His sovereign authority, and it turns things upside down. 11 God makes everything happen at the right time. Corruption makes fools of sensible people, and bribes can ruin you. 1:1+12 the author calls himself son of David and king in Jerusalem. 8 Something completed is better. The next verse, Ecclesiastes 7:18 Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand: for he that fears God shall come forth of them all. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 7 All rivers empty into the sea, but it never spills over; one by one the rivers return. 21 Don’t listen to everything that everyone says, or you might hear your servant cursing you. and hold a grudge. 6 And I had pools where I could get water for the trees. You can do this if you truly respect God. Whoever fears God(W) will avoid all extremes.[a]. God makes them both to keep us from knowing what will happen next. 10 Do not say, “Why were the old days(N) better than these?”    For it is not wise to ask such questions. 23 I told myself that I would be smart and try to understand all of this, but it was too much for me. But if you obey God, you can escape. Obey the King - If you promised God that you would be loyal to the king, I advise you to keep that promise. Pin. 7 So be happy and enjoy eating and drinking! 18 Keep to the middle of the road. # 11.8 Nothing makes sense: Or “There's nothing to look forward to!” Ecclesiastes 7:9 (CEV) Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge. (P)12 Wisdom is a shelter    as money is a shelter,but the advantage of knowledge is this:    Wisdom preserves those who have it. Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 11 ... 7 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. Foolish laughter is stupid. of sensible people, and bribes can ruin you. 8 For example, some people don't have friends or family. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. At the same time, I wanted to understand why it’s stupid and senseless to be an evil fool. It sounds like thorns crackling in a fire. Only fools get angry quickly and hold a … Ecclesiastes 7:2 - CEV - It's better to go to a funeral than to attend... Study verse in the Contemporary English Version 7 Corruption makes fools of sensible people, and bribes can ruin you. no one who does what is right and never sins. 2 I said to myself, “The dead are better off than the living. 9 Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. What God Has Given Us To Do. 18 I know God is testing us to show us that we are merely animals. 25 So I decided to learn everything I could and become wise enough to discover what life is all about. [a]2 It’s better to go to a funeral    than to attend a feast;funerals remind us    that we all must die.3 Choose sorrow over laughterbecause a sad face    may hide a happy heart.4 A sensible person mourns,    but fools always laugh.5 Harsh correction is better    than the songs of a fool.6 Foolish laughter is stupid.It sounds like thorns    crackling in a fire.7 Corruption[b] makes foolsof sensible people,    and bribes can ruin you.8 Something completed is better    than something just begun;patience is better    than too much pride.9 Only fools get angry quickly    and hold a grudge.10 It isn’t wise to ask,“Why is everything worse    than it used to be?”11 Having wisdom is better    than an inheritance.12 Wisdom will protect you    just like money;knowledge with good sense    will lead you to life.13 Think of what God has done!If God makes something crooked,    can you make it straight? Ecclesiastes 4 Contemporary English Version (CEV). CEV Children's Illustrated New Testament: Contemporary English Version, The Holy Bible: CEV Your Young Christian's First Bible, Hardcover - Slightly Imperfect, The Holy Bible: CEV Your Young Christian's First Bible, Hardcover. 22 Haven’t you cursed many others? Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 (CEV) 2 It’s better to go to a funeral than to attend a feast; funerals remind us that we all must die. I had more sheep and goats than anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem. 8 Even if you have a very long life, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. God decided long ago that this is what you should do. You are eager to learn, and you have learned a lot.” 17 Then I decided to find out all I could about wisdom and foolishness. 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. the righteous perishing in their righteousness. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} Study verse in the Contemporary English Version 8 Even if you have a very long life, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. 16 Everywhere on earth I saw violence and injustice instead of fairness and justice. If you don’t obey, you are done for. 3 Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. 7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool,    and a bribe(J) corrupts the heart. Bible Study Tools. Some of Life’s Questions - I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. 0 Shares. Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society. I owned slaves, and their sons and daughters became my slaves. That’s senseless and terribly unfair! 23 I told myself that I would be smart and try to understand all of this, but it was too much for me. 10 I have seen what difficult things God demands of us. 19 Like animals we breathe and die, and we are no better off than they are. 5 I had flower gardens and orchards full of fruit trees. (B)2 It is better to go to a house of mourning    than to go to a house of feasting,for death(C) is the destiny(D) of everyone;    the living should take this to heart.3 Frustration is better than laughter,(E)    because a sad face is good for the heart.4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,    but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. (F)5 It is better to heed the rebuke(G) of a wise person    than to listen to the song of fools.6 Like the crackling of thorns(H) under the pot,    so is the laughter(I) of fools. 3 Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. Not Yet a Member? than something just begun; patience is better. 19 Wisdom will make you stronger than the ten most powerful leaders in your city. than words could ever say. are never satisfied. Solomon deals with what might be a lingering effect of the paradoxical trial found in verse 15. 5 Rulers do some things that are terribly unfair: 6 They honor fools, but dishonor the rich; 7 they let slaves ride on horses, but force slave owners to walk. There is no escape in time of war, and no one can hide behind evil. 9 Only fools get angry quickly. Nothing makes sense. 15 In this meaningless life(T) of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness,    and the wicked living long in their wickedness. You may live a long time and have a hundred children. Tweet. than too much pride. Soon I realized that this too was as senseless as chasing the wind. God gives some insight and counsel in Ecclesiastes 7:3-4. I built houses and planted vineyards. Ecclesiastes 5 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Be Careful How You Worship. The heart beats at our core. 9 Only fools get angry quickly. Ecclesiastes 7. 8 There is also a time. Ecclesiastes 7:29 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 29 I did learn one thing: We were completely honest when God created us, but now we have twisted minds. The king’s word is law. because a sad face is good for the heart. God decided long ago that this is what you should do. Nothing makes sense. 9 What do we gain by all our hard work? 9 What do we gain by all our hard work? No one in this world always does right. There is no escape in time of war, and no one can hide behind evil. to their source. 8 Something completed is better. 8 Even if you have a very long life, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. 24 The truth is beyond us. If you dig a pit, 10 It isn't wise to ask, “Why is everything worse. 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