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Ecclesiastes 7:8-10


7:8 The end of a matter 1  is better than its beginning;

likewise, patience 2  is better than pride. 3 

7:9 Do not let yourself be quickly provoked, 4 

for anger resides in the lap 5  of fools.

7:10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?” 6 

for it is not wise to ask that. 7 

1 tn The term דָבָר (davar) denotes “matter; thing” here rather than “speech; word,” as the parallelism with “patience” suggests. The term was misunderstood as “speech; word” by the Vulgate (so also Douay).

2 tn Heb “the patient of spirit.”

3 tn Heb “the proud of spirit.”

4 tn Heb “Do not be hasty in your spirit to become angry.”

5 tn Heb “bosom.”

6 tn Heb “these.” “Days” does not appear in the Hebrew text as second time, but is supplied in the translation for smoothness.

7 tn Heb “It is not from wisdom that you ask about this.”

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