Ecclesiastes 7:9
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English Standard Version
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

King James Bible
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

American Standard Version
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool.

English Revised Version
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The joy of life must thus be not riot and tumult, but a joy tempered with seriousness: "Better is sorrow than laughter: for with a sad countenance it is well with the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, and the heart of fools in the house of mirth." Grief and sorrow, כּעס, whether for ourselves or occasioned by others, is better, viz., morally better, than extravagant merriment; the heart is with רע פּ (inf. as רע, Jeremiah 7:6; cf. פן ר, Genesis 40:7; Nehemiah 2:2), a sorrowful countenance, better than with laughter, which only masks the feeling of disquiet peculiar to man, Proverbs 14:13. Elsewhere לב ייטב equals "the heart is (may be) of good cheer," e.g., Ruth 3:7; Judges 19:6; here also joyful experience is meant, but well becoming man as a religious moral being. With a sad countenance it may be far better as regards the heart than with a merry countenance in boisterous company. Luther, in the main correct, after Jerome, who on his part follows Symmachus: "The heart is made better by sorrow." The well-being is here meant as the reflex of a moral: bene se habere.

Sorrow penetrates the heart, draws the thought upwards, purifies, transforms. Therefore is the heart of the wise in the house of sorrow; and, on the other hand, the heart of fools is in the house of joy, i.e., the impulse of their heart goes thither, there they feel themselves at home; a house of joy is one where there are continual feasts, or where there is at the time a revelling in joy. That Ecclesiastes 7:4 is divided not by Athnach, but by Zakef, has its reason in this, that of the words following אבל, none consists of three syllables; cf. on the contrary, Ecclesiastes 7:7, חכם. From this point forward the internal relation of the contents is broken up, according to which this series of sayings as a concluding section hangs together with that containing the observations going before in Ecclesiastes 6:1-12.

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1 Samuel 25:21,22 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness...

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than you...

Esther 3:5,6 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath...

Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death.

Ephesians 4:26,27 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath...

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:


Genesis 4:5,6,8 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell...

Genesis 34:7,8,25,26,30,31 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth...

2 Samuel 13:22,28,32 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar...

Proverbs 26:23-26 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross...

Mark 6:19,24 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not...

Cross References
James 1:19
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Proverbs 14:17
A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Ecclesiastes 7:10
Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

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