Proverbs 10:7

Hebrew Bible

5 The one who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but the one who sleeps during harvest is a shameful son. 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the reputation of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise person accepts instructions, but the one who speaks foolishness will come to ruin. 9 The one who conducts himself in integrity will live securely, but the one who behaves perversely will be found out.

Wisdom of Solomon 2:4


2 For we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been, for the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts; 3 when it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes, and the spirit will dissolve like empty air. 4 Our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will remember our works; our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and be scattered like mist that is chased by the rays of the sun and overcome by its heat. 5 For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back. 6 "Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth.

 Notes and References

"... A good name was one way to achieve an immortality of sorts. Thus Job 18:17 speaks of the fate of the wicked: 'their reputation perishes from the earth, and they have no name in the street.' The name of the wicked dies with them. By contrast, it is assumed, the righteous will have the immortality of an everlasting name. In like manner, Proverbs 10:7 praises the abiding reputation of the righteous and asserts that 'the name of the wicked will rot.' In Isaiah 56:5, an enduring name (a lasting memory) is said to be 'better than sons and daughters.' Having a good reputation was one way of achieving immortality, a better way than having progeny, it seems ... Their reputation ... Hebrew zikram, literally 'their memory' or 'their name,' as in Akkadian 'mention, name, fame' (CAD XXI, pp. 112-16). See also Isaiah 26:14 on the fate of the dead: God will cause their reputation to perish (compare Psalm 6:6). One may compare the description in Wisdom of Solomon 2:4 of what happens when one dies: 'Our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will remember our works.' ..."

Seow, Choon-Leong Ecclesiastes: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (p. 243, 301) Yale University Press, 2008

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