New Defender's Study Bible Notes
7:1 better. If a person so lives that he acquires a good name throughout life (as measured by God’s standards, of course), he will be more honored at death than at birth.
7:3 better than laughter. It is significant that Jesus often wept (e.g., John 11:35), but there is no record of laughter or mirth in His demeanor. The same applies to Paul (e.g., Acts 20:19).
7:16 righteous over much. This admonition is not a warning against true righteousness, wherein Christ Himself is our example (I Peter 2:21), but against self-righteousness or ostentatiousness in one’s goodness. Neither is it a warning against true wisdom, but against pride in intellectual achievement.
7:17 before thy time. There may be here a suggestion that God has appointed an optimum life span for each person (note Ecclesiastes 3:2). If so, it can be shortened by insistently flouting God’s laws.
7:20 not a just man. Only Jesus lived a sinless life (note also Romans 3:23; James 2:10; etc.). Salvation from sin, therefore, comes only by receiving Him by faith as our sin-bearing Substitute before a holy God (Romans 6:23, etc.).
7:29 hath made man upright. God made man in His own image (Genesis 1:27). The fact that there is not a just man on earth is due entirely to the fact that all men, beginning with Adam, have deliberately disobeyed God and gone their own way, seeking many devices to escape from God.