28 which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. Birth brings a … Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. If you do these things, t show yourself to the world." 18 Behold, what I have seen to be hgood and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment7 in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his ilot. Listen to the Bible. 10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 2:1 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath”; also verses 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26 (see note on 1:2) Ecclesiastes 2:8 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. 6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun. 15 dAs he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. 7 Go, keat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. and ithe day of death than the day of birth. Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes 15 But there was found in it za poor, wise man, and he by his awisdom delivered the city. 4 When syou vow a vow to God, tdo not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. 17 then I saw all the work of God, that aman cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. 11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Ecclesiastes 7:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ecclesiastes 7:2, NIV: "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." 1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and hmadness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 18 It is good that you should take hold of fthis, and from gthat hwithhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them. Subscribe to a study package to unlock the ESV Study Bible, the interactive Knowing the Bible study series, the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. 5  It is lbetter for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise. Ecclesiastes 7:2; Ecclesiastes 7:4. 16 But I say that bwisdom is better than might, though cthe poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard. 12:3] make yourself too wise. 7 yAll the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 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. 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but g the earth remains forever. John 7:2-13 Jesus at the Feast of Booths. 4 For the word of the king is supreme, and dwho may say to him, “What are you doing?” and the advantage of knowledge is that vwisdom preserves the life of him who has it. 8:12, 13 prolongs his life in his evildoing. 8 lLet your garments be always white. and qthe patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his evain4 life, which he passes like fa shadow? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. ( B) of everyone; the living should take this to heart. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning    than to go to the house of feasting,for this is the end of all mankind,    and the living will (A)lay it to heart. We rejoice when someone is born, and mourn when they die. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly —my mind still guiding me with wisdom. but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living? Ecc 7:2 - It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 13 But it will snot be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like ta shadow, because he does not fear before God. English Standard Version (ESV). 6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy2 no good—do not all go to the one place? Few people would claim a funeral is better than a party, yet Solomon claims this is the case. They used to go in and out of lthe holy place and were mpraised5 in the city where they had done such things. Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. : 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. at which he toils under the sun? 12  For the protection of wisdom is like uthe protection of money. Let not moil be lacking on your head. Ecclesiastes 7:2 View Full Chapter. 8 zIf you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, ado not be amazed at the matter, bfor the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that ethe same event happens to all. 14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people uto whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people vto whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. 20 Surely jthere is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Verse. Why should you destroy yourself? than to go to a house of feasting, for death. NASB New American Standard Bible. Cancel any time. 14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture. 3 s So his brothers 1 said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 13 I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. Ecclesiastes 7:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. 6:12; 9:9 vain # 7:15 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2) life I have seen everything. Red Letter. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man? 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. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases. ESV: English Standard Version 2016 21 Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear kyour servant cursing you. Answer: Ecclesiastes 1:1 begins the book this way: “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” (ESV). 29 See, this alone I found, that xGod made man upright, but ythey have sought out many schemes. For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. ESV Study Bible--genuine cowhide leather, deep brown, ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Customizable Cover), ESV Student Study Bible, TruTone, Sky Blue with Ivy Design, The Jesus Bible, ESV Edition--soft leather-look, multi-color/teal, ESV Super Giant Print Bible (TruTone Imitation Leather, Burgundy). Actually, we have this reversed. CSB Christian Standard Bible. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, pdo it with your might,3 qfor there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 18 eWisdom is better than weapons of war, but fone sinner destroys much good. than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will j lay it to heart. Therefore q let your words be few. (Pr 22:1; Ec 4:2; So 1:3). 9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.6. 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. 2It is better to go to the house of mourning. 9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your nvain2 life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your oportion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 25 pI turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness. ( A) is the destiny. 11 rAgain I saw that under the sun sthe race is not to the swift, nor tthe battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and uchance vhappen to them all. This is vanity;1 it is a grievous evil. 10  Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”. 6  mFor as the crackling of nthorns under a pot. Ecclesiastes 7:2 English Standard Version (ESV) 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not dmake yourself too wise. 3Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 2 a man oto whom pGod gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he qlacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God rdoes not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. I said that this also is vanity. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning. 3 Be not hasty to cgo from his presence. Ecclesiastes 7:2 in all English translations. This also is vanity.6 4 But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. uPay what you vow. The context of Ecclesiastes 7:3 provides further insight: “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” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). Pleasures Are Meaningless. 19 Everyone also to whom jGod has given kwealth and possessions land power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is mthe gift of God. 3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that sthe days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s tgood things, and he also has no uburial, I say that va stillborn child is better off than he. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth” (Eccl. Ecclesiastes 6 Ecclesiastes 7:2 Ecclesiastes 8 Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Therefore qlet your words be few. Wisdom - A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? Even though a wise man claims to know, bhe cannot find it out. 15 And I commend joy, for man whas nothing better under the sun but to xeat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun. 19 iWisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. To draw near to listen is better than to poffer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 4  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Tools. 13 cThere is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, 11 Because nthe sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, othe heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. 2 I say:1 Keep the king’s command, because of bGod’s oath to him.2 2 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who gswears is as he who shuns an oath. 2  It is better to go to the house of mourning. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. Ecclesiastes All Is Vanity. 7  hA good name is better than precious ointment. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with rmany words. 16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see ythe business that is done on earth, how neither zday nor night do one’s eyes see sleep, ESV® Text Edition: 2016. 2 1 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Read verse in English Standard Version 5 vIt is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. The Hebrew word translated here and throughout Ecclesiastes is qoheleth, a word also meaning “collector” or “convener.”Some other Bible versions translate it as “Teacher.” 7:2-4 ESV). 17 Moreover, all his days he geats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger. 9 kAll this I observed while applying my heart to all that is done under the sun, when man had power over man to his hurt. 9  rBe not quick in your spirit to become angry. 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;4 but5 yGod is the one you must fear. Ecclesiastes 7:1 - ESV: A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and pprolongs his life, yet I know that qit will be well with rthose who fear God, because they fear before him. Ecclesiastes 7:2–4 (ESV) 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 2It 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. In Ecclesiastes 7, the book’s form changes, taking on the more typical structure of Wisdom Literature: a string of proverbs.But these proverbs do not, by and large, adopt the stance of the person who holds that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (cf. 5 u For not even v his brothers believed in him. Why? sfor anger lodges in the heart2 of fools. d All is vanity. For who can tell man what will be gafter him under the sun? Fear God. Ecclesiastes 7:2 ESV It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Ecc 7:1 ¶ A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning. mI said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. 6 Let not your mouth lead you2 into sin, and do not say before wthe messenger3 that it was xa mistake. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 27 Behold, this is what I found, says uthe Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things— 8:14 a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who # ch. 14 yIn the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, zso that man may not find out anything that will be after him. Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to enter a house of mourning than a house of feasting, since death is the end of every man, and the living should take this to heart. Death Comes to All. 12 For man wdoes not know his time. vOne man among a thousand I found, but wa woman among all these I have not found. 6 For there is a time and a way efor everything, although man’s trouble4 lies heavy on him. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 10 Whatever has come to be has calready been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to ddispute with one stronger than he. 2 c Vanity 2 of vanities, says a the Preacher, c vanity of vanities! Prov. 10 Then I saw the wicked buried. I don’t think that’s the point at all. : Ecc 7:3 : Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 8 No man has power to hretain the spirit, ior power over the day of death. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 7  Surely ooppression drives the wise into madness. eWhy should you die before your time? Ecclesiastes 7 English Standard Version The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly 1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 2 Now q the Jews' Feast of r Booths was at hand. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Some commentators have treated this as a kind of cynicism—a kind of despair, or futility, or giving up. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart. 9 Better ais the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is bvanity and a striving after wind. than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it … There is no jdischarge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it. 4 For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered. xwho can make straight what he has made crooked? 5 n Guard your steps when you go to o the house of God. 26 And I find something more qbitter than death: rthe woman whose heart is ssnares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. 6 nThere is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: There is # See ch. Ecclesiastes 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV) Strong's. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not # [Rom. 15 In my # ch. ... Ecc 7:2. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. To draw near to listen is better than to p offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Paragraph. 9:10). 22 Your heart knows that lmany times you yourself have cursed others. 5 Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.3 8 For what advantage has the wise man zover the fool? Update. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our NEW "Know the Bible" series. American King James Version × we’re told that a funeral is “the end of all men [kol-ha-adam].” Yet no one remembered that poor man. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and xlike birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are ysnared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them. 5 nGuard your steps when you go to othe house of God. There is ba righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who cprolongs his life in his evildoing. 14 There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. 2 1 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 5 Moreover, it has not wseen the sun or known anything, yet it finds xrest rather than he. 12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep. Contextual Overview 1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, chow the righteous and the wise and their deeds are din the hand of God. 16 This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what egain is there to him who ftoils for the wind? 5 For the living know that they will die, but ithe dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for jthe memory of them is forgotten. 7 For he fdoes not know what is to be, for gwho can tell him how it will be? kfor by sadness of face the heart is made glad. He who pleases God escapes her, but tthe sinner is taken by her. 23 All this I have tested by wisdom. And in Ecclesiastes 7:2 Ecclesiastes 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. 8  Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. 24 That which has been is far off, and ndeep, very deep; owho can find it out? Ecclesiastes 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." Question: "Who is the Preacher in Ecclesiastes?" It works … Ecclesiastes 7 - A good name is better than fine perfume, ... Ecc 7:2 - 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; ... ESV English Standard Version. 15 In my avain3 life I have seen everything. 2 eIt is the same for all, since fthe same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil,1 to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. Details: This introductory course is designed to provide key insights into the book of Ecclesiastes by pulling together a number of key resources: overview videos from The Bible Project, helpful contextual information from The ESV Study Bible, commentary recommendations from The Gospel Coalition, a single sermon that sums up the book from beginning to end by Mark Dever, and much more. and the day of death than the day of birth. and athe hardness of his face is changed. 17 The words of the wise heard in dquiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem. 3 e What f does man gain by all the toil. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will j lay it to heart.. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, k for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of … , 1 the words of the countenance the heart of the countenance heart! 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