Ecclesiastes 9:8

“Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let thy garments bee alwayes white; and let thy head lacke no oyntment.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let your clothing be white at all times, and let not your head be without oil.
- Basic English Bible

Let thy garments be always white, and let not thy head lack oil.
- Darby Bible

Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
- Webster's Bible

Let your garments be always white, and don't let your head lack oil.
- World English Bible

At all times let thy garments be white, and let not perfume be lacking on thy head.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no oil.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:8


9:8 White - The eastern people of the best sort, used white garments, especially in times of rejoicing. Ointment - Which upon joyful occasions was poured upon mens heads.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9

  • BSP
    Verse 11 shows the harsh reality that sometimes one is just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • A disciple
    "For man also knows not his time.." Thus the things that are highly esteemed of men are abomination in the sight of God. We were created and made in the image of God; so we should act like God, think like God, have the same kind of character and behavior and natural disposition as God. We ARE to know our times and prepare our ways after what is good and pleasing to God. Repentance, faith in Jesus!
  • Vicky
    As a believer in One God, and his son Jesus, a risen savior, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, the body dies goes back to dust, and the spirit goes back to The God Who Gave It.....this is my belief.
  • Konleganyiga
    God has set time for everything and he goes by it, this timetable include everyone, yet we must trust Him in faith and walk in petiance and obedience.
  • Lu2677
    It does not look like "a little city" is the "world" because in V. 14; there is nothing here that describes the world. "few men" "a king came against it", "and built great bulwarks against it". And the "Poor man" cannot be Jesus because in V.15 it says"yet, no man remembered that same poor man."Would like to see scripture that calls Satan a "king". He is referred to as the "Prince of darkness"
  • Sree regan
    GOD is so grteat he has created a man and women for his glory so we should always honor the commendements of the lord jesus christ our lord we should be an example before god and people thanku all glory to god

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