8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.

Other Translations of Ecclesiastes 9:8

King James Version

8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

English Standard Version

8 Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.

The Message

8 Dress festively every morning. Don't skimp on colors and scarves.

New King James Version

8 Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.

New Living Translation

8 Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne!

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:8

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:4-10

(Read Ecclesiastes 9:4-10)

The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Solomon exhorts the wise and pious to cheerful confidence in God, whatever their condition in life. The meanest morsel, coming from their Father's love, in answer to prayer, will have a peculiar relish. Not that we may set our hearts upon the delights of sense, but what God has given us we may use with wisdom. The joy here described, is the gladness of heart that springs from a sense of the Divine favour. This is the world of service, that to come is the world of recompence. All in their stations, may find some work to do. And above all, sinners have the salvation of their souls to seek after, believers have to prove their faith, adorn the gospel, glorify God, and serve their generation.