Ecclesiastes 7:1

“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A Good name is better then precious ointment: and the day of death, then the day of ones birth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A `good' name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one's birth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A good name is better than oil of great price, and the day of death than the day of birth.
- Basic English Bible

A [good] name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
- Darby Bible

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
- Webster's Bible

A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one's birth.
- World English Bible

Better [is] a name than good perfume, And the day of death than the day of birth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 7:1


7:1 Of death - Seeing this life is so full of vanity, and vexation, and misery, it is more desirable for a man to go out of it, than to come into it.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 7:1

  • Andrew Delfin for verse 1
    A good name is better than precious ointment
  • Chuck Pineda for verse 1
    I believe Solomon was so tired of "chasing the wind, " in so many areas that he just felt that leaving this man made spoiled world was a great relief. For the world and nature without man is a great place to be in this hugh and ever growing universe.

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