Ecclesiastes 7:14
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English Standard Version
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

King James Bible
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

American Standard Version
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yea, God hath made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything that shall be after him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the good day enjoy good things, and beware beforehand of the evil day: for God hath made both the one and the other, that man may not find against him any just complaint.

English Revised Version
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God hath even made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out any thing that shall be after him.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

There now follows a fourth, or, taking into account the mutilated one, a fifth proverb of that which is better: "Better the end of a thing than its beginning; better one who forbears than one who is haughty. Hasten thyself not in thy spirit to become angry: for anger lieth down in the bosom of fools." The clause 8a is first thus to be objectively understood as it stands. It is not without limitation true; for of a matter in itself evil, the very contrary is true, Proverbs 5:4; Proverbs 23:32. But if a thing is not in itself evil, the end of its progress, the reaching to its goal, the completion of its destination, is always better than its beginning, which leaves it uncertain whether it will lead to a prosperous issue. An example of this is Solon's saying to Croesus, that only he is to be pronounced happy whose good fortune it is to end his life well in the possession of his wealth (Herod. i.32).

The proverb Ecc 7:8 will stand in some kind of connection with 8a, since what it says is further continued in Ecclesiastes 7:9. In itself, the frequently long and tedious development between the beginning and the end of a thing requires expectant patience. But if it is in the interest of a man to see the matter brought to an issue, an ארך אףּ will, notwithstanding, wait with self-control in all quietness for the end; while it lies in the nature of the רוּח גּבהּ, the haughty, to fret at the delay, and to seek to reach the end by violent means; for the haughty man thinks that everything must at once be subservient to his wish, and he measures what others should do by his own measureless self-complacency. We may with Hitzig translate: "Better is patience (ארך equals ארך) than haughtiness" (גּבהּ, inf., as שׁפל, Ecclesiastes 12:4; Proverbs 16:19). But there exists no reason for this; גּבהּ is not to be held, as at Proverbs 16:5, and elsewhere generally, as the connecting form of גּבהּ, and so ארך for that of ארך; it amounts to the same thing whether the two properties (characters) or the persons possessing them are compared.

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the day

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Deuteronomy 28:47 Because you served not the LORD your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

Psalm 30:11,12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness...

Psalm 40:3 And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous...

John 16:22,23 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you...

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

but

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know...

1 Kings 8:47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were carried captives, and repent...

1 Kings 17:17,18 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore...

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers...

Job 10:1,2 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint on myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul...

Psalm 94:12,13 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law...

Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes.

Isaiah 22:12-14 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth...

Isaiah 26:11 LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yes...

Isaiah 42:25 Therefore he has poured on him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it has set him on fire round about...

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart...

Micah 6:9 The LORD's voice cries to the city, and the man of wisdom shall see your name: hear you the rod, and who has appointed it.

Haggai 1:5-7 Now therefore thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways...

Luke 15:17,18 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!...

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

set

Ecclesiastes 12:8,13 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity...

Hosea 2:6,7 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 8:5
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.

Deuteronomy 26:11
And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.

Job 2:10
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Ecclesiastes 3:22
So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

Ecclesiastes 8:7
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

Ecclesiastes 9:7
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

Ecclesiastes 10:14
A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?

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