Ecclesiastes 7:8
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New International Version
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

King James Bible
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; better is a patient spirit than a proud spirit.

World English Bible
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the latter end of a thing than its beginning, Better is the patient of spirit, than the haughty of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Better is the end - We can then judge of the whole, and especially if the matter relate to the conduct of Divine Providence. At the beginning we are often apt to make very rash conjectures, and often suppose that such and such things are against us; and that every thing is going wrong. Dr. Byrom gives good advice on such a subject: -

"With patient mind thy course of duty run:

God nothing does, nor suffers to be done,

But thou wouldst do thyself, couldst thou but see

The and of all events, as well as He."

I may add, in the words of our paraphrast: -

"Wait the result, nor ask with frantic rage

Why God permits such things. His ways, though now

Involved in clouds and darkness, will appear

All right, when from thine eyes the mist is cleared.

Till then, to learn submission to his will

More wisdom shows, than vainly thus to attempt

Exploring what thou canst not comprehend,

And God for wisest ends thinks fit to hide."

continued...

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Isaiah 10:24,25,28-34 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite you with a rod...

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things...

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord...

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober...

the patient

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

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.

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

Romans 2:7,8 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life...

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

James 5:8 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.

1 Peter 2:20,21 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well...

1 Peter 5:5,6 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility...

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Finis Coronat Opus
'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
Not long after the close of the persecution, Eusebius became bishop of Cæsarea in Palestine, his own home, and held the position until his death. The exact date of his accession cannot be ascertained, indeed we cannot say that it did not take place even before the close of the persecution, but that is hardly probable; in fact, we know of no historian who places it earlier than 313. His immediate predecessor in the episcopate was Agapius, whom he mentions in terms of praise in H. E. VII. 32.
Eusebius Pamphilius—Church History

Columban.
THE wild districts of Ireland were occupied with convents, after the example of Patrick, and cultivated by the hard labour of the monks. The Irish convents were distinguished by their strict Christian discipline, their diligence and their zeal in the study of the Scriptures, and of science in general, as far as they had the means of acquiring it. Irish monks brought learning from Britain and Gaul, they treasured up this learning and elaborated it in the solitude of the convent, and they are said
Augustus Neander—Light in the Dark Places

Sanctification.
VI. Objections answered. I will consider those passages of scripture which are by some supposed to contradict the doctrine we have been considering. 1 Kings viii. 46: "If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near," etc. On this passage, I remark:-- 1. That this sentiment in nearly the same language, is repeated in 2 Chron. vi. 26, and in Eccl.
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

Cross References
Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

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