3 Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. July 3, 2018; In Verses; CEV Ecclesiastes; Copy Text ← Previous resource. 8 Dress up, comb your hair, and look your best. Wisdom makes you cheerful and gives you a smile. 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. I had more sheep and goats than anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem. 8 # Ps 7.15; Pr 26.27; Si 27.26,27. (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. 17 Don’t die before your time by being too evil or acting like a fool. Foolish laughter is stupid. Device - See Ecclesiastes 7:25 note. 7 for tearing and sewing, listening and speaking. They will never again take part in anything that happens on this earth. 9 Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. 24 The truth is beyond us. Ecclesiastes 3:7 - CEV - for tearing and sewing, listening and speaking. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of … Study verse in the Contemporary English Version 23 I told myself that I would be smart and try to understand all of this, but it was too much for me. 2 It's better to go to a funeral. 12 Wisdom will protect you [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? 20 No one in this world always does right. 19 Wisdom will make you stronger than the ten most powerful leaders in your city. They were crying, but no one was there to offer comfort, and those who mistreated them were powerful. 25 So I decided to learn everything I could and become wise enough to discover what life is all about. 8 We cannot control the wind # 8.8 control the wind: Or “escape from death.” or determine the day of our death. 7 Corruption + makes fools. Genesis 7:2 Take seven pairs of every kind of animal that can be used for sacrifice and one pair of all others. But they are never satisfied with what they own, and they never stop working to get more. Something completed is better than something just begun; patience is better than too much pride. 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. [] 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. Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society, Contemporary English Version (CEV). 21 Don’t listen to everything that everyone says, or you might hear your servant cursing you. It just doesn't make sense. I have seen good citizens die for doing the right thing, and I have seen criminals live to a ripe old age. 20 No one in this world always does right. While the individual endures what transpires, it attracts the attention of others, usually close friends and family members—and they talk. 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. Some fools go there to offer sacrifices, even though they haven’t sinned. Then God doesn’t let you enjoy it, and someone you don’t even know gets it all. Language Tools. # 7.1 birth: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 1. 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. This kind Everything Has Its Time - Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge. It sounds like thorns crackling in a fire. 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. I do know there is one good man in a thousand, but never have I found a good woman. Death, He says, is good for the heart. Not Yet a Member? 5 I had flower gardens and orchards full of fruit trees. Ecclesiastes 6:7 - CEV - We struggle just to have enough to eat, but we... Study verse in the Contemporary English Version Whoever fears God(W) will avoid all extremes.[a]. for love and hate, for war and peace. 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. I do know there is one good man in a thousand, but never have I found a good woman. but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. I have seen good citizens die for doing the right thing, and I have seen criminals live to a ripe old age. Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (15) I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. No one in this world always does right. Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society. In Ecclesiastes chap. 17 Don’t die before your time by being too evil or acting like a fool. God decided long ago that this is what you should do. If you don’t obey, you are done for. 29 I did learn one thing: We were completely honest when God created us, but now we have twisted minds. I owned slaves, and their sons and daughters became my slaves. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 1 ... 7 All rivers empty into the sea, but it never spills over; one by one the rivers return. 23 I told myself that I would be smart and try to understand all of this, but it was too much for me. There is no escape in time of war, and no one can hide behind evil. + 9 Be cheerful and enjoy life while you are young! 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. Share. 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.”. 22 Haven’t you cursed many others? 16 So don’t destroy yourself by being too good or acting too smart! 7 All rivers empty into the sea, but it never spills over; one by one the rivers return. One Day at a Time I thought about these things. 7 A good reputation    at the time of deathis better than loving care    at the time of birth. 16 So don’t destroy yourself by being too good or acting too smart! Ecclesiastes 7:16-22 can help to solve the riddle of verse 15. I have seen good citizens die for doing the right thing, and I have seen criminals live to a ripe old age. If God makes something crooked, can you make it straight? If you dig a pit, 3 Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. 16 # 1 K 4.29-31; Si 47.14-18. 15 I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. 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. God may give you everything you want—money, property, and wealth. 7 Once again I saw that nothing on earth makes sense. 7 A good reputation    at the time of deathis better than loving care    at the time of birth. Ecclesiastes 7:21. Cancel. Nothing makes sense. 10 I have seen what difficult things God demands of us. and the day of death better than the day of birth. 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. He will judge everyone, both the wicked and the good. 1 Corinthians 13:5. Verse 3 may be better understood if translated as, … 8 Dress up, comb your hair, and look your best. than something just begun; patience is better. Ecclesiastes 7:9 (CEV) Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge. He upsets the natural order of the cosmos, and the normal course of events for mankind in general and for individuals. 22 Haven’t you cursed many others? But if you obey God, you can escape. (21) Don't listen to everything that everyone says, or you might hear your servant cursing you. 8 There is also a time for love and hate, for war and peace. Attending one good funeral can shape a person's worldview more positively than a whole year's worth of parties. American King James Version ×, CEV). 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,(Z)    no one who does what is right and never sins.(AA). than words could ever say. I had more sheep and goats than anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem. than words could ever say. # 1.17 chasing the wind: See the note at 1.14. 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing(O)    and benefits those who see the sun. 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. 8 For example, some people don’t have friends or family. 25 So I decided to learn everything I could and become wise enough to discover what life is all about. 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. because a sad face is good for the heart. 7 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. with what we see and hear. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 15 I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. than it used to be?” 11 Having wisdom is better. Read and study Ecclesiastes 7 in the Contemporary English Version Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 2 ... 7 I owned slaves, and their sons and daughters became my slaves. Bible Study Tools. Ecclesiastes 7:19. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. 8 There is also a time. Ecclesiastes 7:9 CEV. 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. 19 Wisdom(X) makes one wise person more powerful(Y)    than ten rulers in a city. God gives some insight and counsel in Ecclesiastes 7:3-4. Search Tools. 3 Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. Bible Language English. 9 What do we gain by all our hard work? 8 For example, some people don't have friends or family. and hold a grudge. 8 Dress up, comb your hair, and look your best. 10 It isn't wise to ask, “Why is everything worse. The king’s word is law. Think of what God has done! 8 Something completed is better. The heart beats at our core. 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. and hold a grudge. 4 A sensible person mourns, but fools always laugh. 7 A good name is better than fine perfume,(A)    and the day of death better than the day of birth. Do this so there will always be animals and birds on the earth. Soon I realized that this too was as senseless as chasing the wind. (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). Ecclesiastes 7:20 - CEV - No one in this world always does right. You can do this if you truly respect God. Some of Life’s Questions - I have seen everything during this senseless life of mine. 8 We cannot control the wind + or determine the day of our death. Ecclesiastes 5 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Be Careful How You Worship. Ecclesiastes 7:20-22 (20) No one in this world always does right. 18 Keep to the middle of the road. S 2Ch 6:36; S Job 4:17; S Pr 20:9; Ro 3:12. 7 Corruption makes fools of sensible people, and bribes can ruin you. 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a … 18 Keep to the middle of the road. than too much pride. It’s far too deep. That’s senseless and terribly unfair! Bible > CEV > Ecclesiastes 9 ... 7 So be happy and enjoy eating and drinking! This too is meaningless. 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. 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. is better than loving care. Genesis 7:3 Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird with you. 19 Wisdom will make you stronger than the ten most powerful leaders in your city. But they are never satisfied with what they own, and they never stop working to get more. Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society. Tweet. [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? If you don’t obey, you are done for. They should ask themselves, “Why am I always working to have more? 6 And I had pools where I could get water for the trees. 4 A sensible person mourns, but fools always laugh. Compare John 9:4. Corruption makes fools of sensible people, and bribes can ruin you. to their source. You can do this if you truly respect God. than it used to be?” 11 Having wisdom is better. Click to Sign Up Now! What God Has Given Us To Do. 7 Once again I saw that nothing on earth makes sense. 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. 4 # 1 K 10.23-27; 2 Ch 9.22-27. 8 All of life is far more boring. Bible Gateway Plus puts a library of commentaries and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. no one who does what is right and never sins. Solomon deals with what might be a lingering effect of the paradoxical trial found in verse 15. that many times you yourself have cursed others. At the same time, I wanted to understand why it’s stupid and senseless to be an evil fool. There is no escape in time of war, and no one can hide behind evil. 19 Like animals we breathe and die, and we are no better off than they are. What God Has Given Us To Do. 26 Here is what I discovered: A bad woman is worse than death. at the time of birth. I did some great things. 4 # 1 K 10.23-27; 2 Ch 9.22-27. 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. because a sad face. 8 There is also a time. Version. 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. 7 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. I had more sheep and goats than anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem. She is a trap, reaching out with body and soul to catch you. 2 I said to myself, “The dead are better off than the living. Only fools get angry quickly and hold a … of sensible people, and bribes can ruin you. Nothing makes sense. 10 I have seen what difficult things God demands of us. At the same time, I wanted to understand why it’s stupid and senseless to be an evil fool. (S)Therefore, no one can discover    anything about their future. than something just begun; patience is better. 8 Foreign rulers brought me silver, gold, and precious treasures. Ecclesiastes 7:3 (CEV) Choose sorrow over laughter because a sad face may hide a happy heart. 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. 7 # 1 K 4.23. 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. 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. (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. Do what you want and find pleasure in what you see. I said to myself, “You are by far the wisest person who has ever lived in Jerusalem. are never satisfied. 9 What do we gain by all our hard work? Don’t Depend on Wealth - There is something else terribly unfair, and it troubles everyone on earth. for love and hate, for war and peace. Who will get what I leave behind?” What a senseless and miserable life! It’s far too deep. Don’t quickly oppose the king or argue when he has already made up his mind. and the wicked living long in their wickedness. Pin. (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? Ecclesiastes 7:2 - CEV - It's better to go to a funeral than to attend... Study verse in the Contemporary English Version When times are good, you should be cheerful; when times are bad, think what it means. God decided long ago that this is what you should do. All rights reserved worldwide. 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—. 9 Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. 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. 17 So I told myself that God has set a time and a place for everything. Anything can happen to any one of us, and so we never know You may live a long time and have a hundred children. Genesis 7:6. 16 Everywhere on earth I saw violence and injustice instead of fairness and justice. Ecclesiastes 4 Contemporary English Version (CEV). 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