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Ecclesiastes 9:8

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack ointment.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Let thy garments be always white, and let not thy head lack oil.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Continually, let thy garments be white,—and, ointment upon thy head, let it not be lacking.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— At all times let thy garments be white, and let not perfume be lacking on thy head.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— At all times let thy garments be white, and let not oil depart from thy head.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— At all times let thy garments be white, and let not oyle be lacking vpon thine head.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let thy garments bee alwayes white; and let thy head lacke no oyntment.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let thy garments be always white; and let not oil be wanting on thine head.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Let thy garments 899
{0899} Prime
From H0898; a covering, that is, clothing; also treachery or pillage.
be x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
always 6256
{6256} Prime
From H5703; time, especially (adverbially with preposition) now, when, etc.
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
white; 3836
{3836} Prime
From H3835; white.
and let thy head 7218
{7218} Prime
From an unused root apparently meaning to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether literally or figuratively (in many applications, of place, time, rank, etc.).
lack 2637
{2637} Prime
A primitive root; to lack; by implication to fail, want, lessen.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
no x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
ointment. 8081
{8081} Prime
From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 9:8

_ _ white — in token of joy (Isaiah 61:3). Solomon was clad in white (Josephus, Antiquities, 8:7, 3); hence his attire is compared to the “lilies” (Matthew 6:29), typical of the spotless righteousness of Jesus Christ, which the redeemed shall wear (Revelation 3:18; Revelation 7:14).

_ _ ointment — (Psalms 23:5), opposed to a gloomy exterior (2 Samuel 14:2; Psalms 45:7; Matthew 6:17); typical, also (Ecclesiastes 7:1; Song of Songs 1:3).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:4-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 9:8

White — The eastern people of the best sort, used white garments, especially in times of rejoicing. Ointment — Which upon joyful occasions was poured upon mens heads.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ecclesiastes 9:8

Let thy garments be always (e) white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

(e) Rejoice, be merry and spare for no cost, thus speak the wicked belly-gods.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
thy garments:

2 Samuel 19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came [again] in peace.
Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.
Revelation 3:4-5 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. ... He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Revelation 7:13-14 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? ... And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Revelation 19:14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

let thy head:

Ruth 3:3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: [but] make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
2 Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:
Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Matthew 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
Luke 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
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Ru 3:3. 2S 14:2; 19:24. Es 8:15. Dn 10:3. Am 6:6. Mt 6:17. Lk 7:46. Rv 3:4; 7:9, 13; 16:15; 19:8, 14.

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