Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

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

likewise, patience is better than pride.

7:9 Do not let yourself be quickly provoked,

for anger resides in the lap of fools.

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).

tn Heb “the patient of spirit.”

tn Heb “the proud of spirit.”

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

tn Heb “bosom.”