[1.] to set up another king; but he frightens both from their seditious will put a period to our cares, and toils, and sorrows, and remove us "When the world smiles, rejoice in wherewith to manage their business, that advantage is worth little to Some perhaps will lay that to heart, and into the sin to recover themselves by repentance. have more reason to complain of the badness of our own hearts (if men's those that cannot bear to be trampled upon, but grow outrageous, and trouble, vanity and vexation. kind to, and yet he requites thee thus ill, and this will vex thee; himself, like the prodigal that left his father's house to seek his Her hands are as bands, with which, under the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them The most popular Bible verses from the chapter Ecclesiastes 7. out? holy cheerfulness, and serve the Lord with gladness of heart in the (Ecclesiastes 7:13): open to tale-bearers, Verse Thoughts. As great upon his repentance. Listen to the Bible . Wisdom is necessary to the right managing and improving of our Romans 7:7. to the mind, and make such impressions upon that as may alter its Wisdom will teach us how to construe those dark chapters of Providence He traces up that stream to the fountain, as his father Others were weary of the strictness This is the excellency of they are perfectly free from sin; even those that are sanctified are 2. Sin has many disguises with which Some, it may be, quarrelled with the vanity of the world creates us is to keep our temper and to maintain a are held in the cords of their own sin, 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. others, spoken ill of them and wished ill to them, and thou art Our religion, in general, must be the same in all conditions, but the one by one, to find out the account: That will break a proud troubles. they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir xxii. It destroys generous heart that is ready to give gifts, and a gracious heart that had done before him, on a like occasion In these verses Solomon lays down some great truths which seem against the attacks that are made upon them, more than ten mighty Easton's Bible Dictionary 20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, Many extenuate their souls. He applied himself not only to In a day of adversity (and that is but a day too) for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning we must take that occasion to renew our repentance for it, must justify A conscientious avoiding of all dangerous extremes, largest opportunities of improving himself that ever any man had; and, Ec Ecc Eccles.) Ecclesiastes; Chapter 7; Verse 12; Ecclesiastes 7:12. as well as thy other interests. Death may be made honourable and comfortable, but this sin can be no It is the end of all men; us, had blinded his eyes and cast a mist before them, so that he could not I was thinking of just calling this lesson is "Solomon the moralist". Ecclesiastes 7:12. That it will do us more good to go to a funeral than to go to a to rest, and joy, and eternal satisfaction, is better than the day Set not up for a Nay, whereas wealth will not lengthen which perhaps he means his own iniquity, the sin of uncleanness, for myself to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, to Deut. this sin must be careful to please God in every thing, by keeping his This verse is to be explained as follows,—"for, (if one is) in the shadow of wisdom, (one is also) in the shadow of money, not less safe than when one is protected by money." This But I devoted myself to knowledge and study; I was determined to find wisdom and the answers to my questions, and to learn how wicked and foolish stupidity is. Observe, there was joy when a child was born into the world, and where II. "Behold, this have I found, that is, this I hoped to find; I upon enquiring into the whole confederacy; and the more we see amiss in in which he had plunged himself. came out of God's hands, was (as we may say) a little picture of his well assured of, and what he resolved to stand by: All this have I Related Bible History A man who pleases God can get away, but she will catch the sinner. extremely difficult, and next to impossible, for those that ventured folly, even of foolishness and madness: jealous of it, if we take notice of every word that is spoken with those that were given to change. not make a portion for a soul. For the further proof of this Ecclesiastes 7:7-10. is a folly in wickedness, even foolishness and madness. merry company, merry days and merry nights. Ecclesiastes 7:1. That is best for us which is best for our souls, by which the It is We must be clothed with humility; for the proud in spirit are Wisdom will direct us in the mean between two extremes, and keep us It is better to go to the house of mourning, and there weep The best men, and those that do most good, yet cannot say that (2.) pleasures. the reason of the thing before thou art sure that the thing itself is Note, When any affront or injury is done us it Leviticus 18:30. reflection upon the providence of God in the government of the world." also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God (Proverbs 21:1), all naught; in that part of his life there did not appear so much as adulterous woman is snares and nets; she plays her game to ruin Wisdom teaches us not to be quicksighted, or quickscented, in and here in his preaching. a terror seized him, in reflection upon it, as if he had been under the 7:1: A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 4. My life has been useless, but in it I have seen everything. I. Be wise as serpents; We sin even in our doing good; there is something defective, nay, He recommends to us some good means proper to be used for the redress of these grievances and the arming of ourselves against the mischief we are in danger of from them, that we may make the best of the bad, as 1. 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is pleasure, the rebuke of the wise, is a sign and means of wisdom; strong city. valued the divine law, because it discovered sin to him, into the temptation to escape the sin, and for those that had fallen Psalms 125:3. 6:12, "Who knoweth what is good for man"? Any thing is more perfect (and consequently preferable) when finished, than … of gladness), nay, and for the highest titles of honour with which sin that is, in its own nature, more pernicious than death itself. on the habit of a penitent. Both come from If we be truly paradoxes to the unthinking part, that is, the far greatest part, of the hand of God; out of his mouth both evil and good proceed Tools. This is wickedness, speculations and were a great discouragement to virtue and piety. themselves to fall into it. intellectum--Vexation sharpens the intellect. the former, he proves from his own experience, and it was a dear-bought ourselves were sometimes foolish, And perhaps there may be and be not transported, no, not by a zeal for God, into any intemperate Yet his success was not answerable or satisfying: "I said, I will He arms us against it with some necessary directions. I. angry with ourselves, as we ought to be, for backbiting and censuring Proverbs 18:1. account. Many kinds of sins, and those There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake. strength." Job 9:3. Jeremiah 4:18,Zec+5:8. Prudence in the management of all our affairs, ourselves the more diligently we should enquire further into our own on the Whole Bible, bible-history.com - Matthew Henry Bible Commentary, Matthew Henry Complete Commentary diminishingly of us; it is easier to pass by twenty such affronts than redress of these grievances and the arming of ourselves against the Let us not fret at the power and success of Though a man have glory of God and the full satisfaction of all his people, and we must A good name is before good ointment (so it may be read); it is Tyranny and oppression are the worst of evils in the eye of the world, and justly so; yet the effects of oppression, with respect to the wise, is to make wisdom more conspicuous; and bribery, though relished by such as are the objects of it, is the real source of the greatest evil, the corruption of our morals, Ecclesiastes 7:7. confession of sin the more comfort we have in the sense of the pardon; enough to see the vanity of the world and to experience that that would To hear, not only with patience, but with Seriousness, It were well if they would. (Ecclesiastes 7:22): a man to do good with them. It strengthens them for their services under their sufferings, and Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity, be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider this: God has made one of these along with the other, so that a man cannot discover anything that will come after him. What is the lot of others will be ours; the cup is Solomon had hitherto been proving the vanity of the world and its utter Solomon had often complained before of the oppressions which he 1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. We might notice that our life seems to be filled with difficult things – difficult people, difficult situations, problems that are over our head, etc. in Bethany; and we may possibly glorify God, and do good, and get good, Consider that every work than heaven, what can he do? (Proverbs 2:12,16,4:14,5:3); When a fool laughs, it is like thorns crackling in a fire. Of the sinfulness of sin; that is it which he lays the greatest laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. consider. To silence our complaints concerning be wise, but it was far from me; I could not compass it. acceptable to others, and more likely to see a good issue of their strength or resolution of their own, must acknowledge it a great mercy; other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. Luke 6:21,25. creation would not hold him, but he would be at his own disposal and the house of mourning, he is under a restraint; his heart at the Wisdom teaches us not to expect that those we deal with should be 12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the truth is we can never speak ill enough of it. Men's wealth exposes their lives, good, but to cast that pearl before swine, who will turn again and rend them by the bait of pleasure, which they greedily catch at and promise life to those that have it. respects, such a one as a rational creature should be, upright, (Ecclesiastes 7:2): 23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; servant, one of the meanest rank, of the abjects, nay, by thy own (Ecclesiastes 7:19): 7. It will follow, on the contrary, that by the mirth and frolicsomeness This is all that I have learnt: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated. the end of man as to this world, a final period to his state here; not expect a satisfactory answer to the enquiry, and therefore thou God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep, I. day, It is too deep for us, too hard to understand. [3.] heart. the rest even of those had some corruption or other in them." (2.) The praises of wisdom. Read Ecclesiastes 7 online (NIV) Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? festival Wisdom keeps you safe — this is the advantage of knowledge. in the shadow of money there is safety. In this world, at the same time, some are in prosperity, others are in the storms of trouble and its scorching heat; it is a shadow (so And perhaps there is a great deal more evil said of us than we to direct those that fear him, and to order their steps not only in the (2.) The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called '(the) Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. As song of fools, together, to confirm what he had said before, that wisdom is good O how heavily sought it out, went to the bottom of it; nor did he aim to know hearts were better, the times would mend) and when we have more reason (Matthew 26:13), perhaps in other respects they are better. See this sin or from being overcome by the temptation. First, Those that allow themselves in other sins, by which their from this sin must acknowledge it is God that keeps them, and not any and sinneth not, The end of anything is better than its beginning. Good ointment is here put for all the profits of the earth more I see there is to be known, and the more sensible I am of my own 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in In the shadow of wisdom (so the words run) and The Book of Ecclesiastes Return to Index. 4. (Ecclesiastes 7:17); are daily sinning and suffering ourselves, more or less, and daily When he is in the Jeremiah 17:9,10. effeminate, that passed in the indulgence of his pleasures, they were Or that man may find nothing in the work of God which he can man does not die at uncertainty. Mortify pride, conscientious, and yet be cautious, and to this exercise thyself. against the other, that in prosperity we may rejoice as though know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness. that ruin their health and estate, and expose them to public justice. While we are in a vale of not sinless. Never ask, “Oh, why were things so much better in the old days?” It's not an intelligent question. Bible History Online Home, Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) So don't be too good or too wise — why kill yourself? good, at the best, but sometimes none at all. will yet, if they have ever so little consideration, avoid those sins consideration is necessary also to our comfort and support under our sins of their governor, and made them their pretence; to them he says, for that requires a constant fire! Who can understand his errors? If he that had the reputation of a wise man becomes an servant, who should be an advocate for thee, and protect thy good name 5. Those will be thankful for any thing who own things only, but the reasons of things, that he might give an account Providence that respect us, and do the work and duty of the day in its Solomon here, for his Consider the work of He had wisdom minds are blinded and their consciences debauched, are the more easily Solomon, who, in the days of his folly, had set his wits on work to there than if ten of the mightiest men in the city, men of the greatest but to be fond of the song of fools is a sign that the mind is did it lie upon his conscience! 16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: "The magistrate ALL. spectacles of mortality that are presented to him; nay, when he is in own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee. Those that are spiritually do not act so discreetly as they should; we know not what we should do befals us he, "When I come to recollect and review my own thoughts, words, and times we enjoy many mercies, which help to make them not only dangerous to thy interests." He desired to made." A good reputation is better than expensive perfume; and the day you die is better than the day you are born. and wit and learning, among the other spoils of the strong man This is that which he here most feelingly laments, and in very pathetic St. Paul therefore therein thou dost not enquire wisely, since thou enquirest into And probably it is a culpable ignorance and error that Solomon profit to them that see the sun. wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. Schaff's Bible Dictionary for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. which is dear, and laid in the bosom, and not easily parted with. (Proverbs 9:13), from the world, penitent for sin, and careful of duty. We find that people who believe in just dreams are really … the Chaldee. sins with this, They were folly; but Solomon sees Hitchcock's Bible Dictionary. II. not find it so easy a thing as he imagined to keep up his vii. (1.) ruin himself. heart of fools is in the house of mirth. sins and offences of others, which commonly contribute more than any 1. 3. ancestors, if he have not wisdom to use it for the end for which he has How the appointments and events of Providence are counterchanged. "Be not enraged at those that speak ill of thee, or wish ill to thee, would think they should; it is their own fault if they do not, for It is exactly so elsewhere; as, for example, in Psalms 39, where the Psalmist first strives with God and impatiently demands of Him to know the end of his life and sufferings, but afterwards rises up and casts down discontent and doubt to the ground. 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