Revelation 6:9-10. This incident was evidently included in the book here as another example of the `vanity' which the author found in everything that he saw `under the sun.' Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. Walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes B. Here in chapter, 9 we will look at Trumpets 5-6 affect lost mankind directly. "The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). Ecclesiastes 9. A Common Destiny for All. Part of the reason for this uncertainty lies in the enigma of Solomon's life. Incidentally, we have often cited Ecclesiastes 9:11 here as another reason why the righteous sometimes suffer, whereas the wicked sometimes prosper and are honored. (4-8) There is nothing new. If this should not be considered a valid understanding of the paragraph, then we should limit what is said here as a declaration of the way things appear when they are viewed purely from an earthly and materialistic viewpoint, as characteristic of what is done "under the sun.". 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. ADVICE TO THE YOUNG (11:9-10) A. REJOICE IN YOUR YOUTH (9a) 1. Generally, they honor those who butchered their thousands and tens of thousands on bloody battlefields, but not the wise statesmen who negotiated peace. In this chapter, he separates wisdom into two categories: 1) Human knowledge, reasoning, or philosophy and 2) The wisdom that can only come from God. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ecclesiastes 9. Some examples are: 1) The young man who was called Asahel was a very fast runner.But Abner was able to kill him (2 Samuel 2:18). Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of thy life of vanity, which he (God) hath given thee under the sun, all thy days of vanity; for that is thy portion in life, and in thy labor wherein thou laborest under the sun. 8 Always be clothed in white, ( L) and always anoint your head with oil. One question that arises from this interpretation is that of whether or not Solomon ever repented and turned to God as the Jews allege that he did. "[6] This might not be the correct understanding of what is written here; but the passage surely allows that as one understanding of it. Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil. All kinds of unpredictable and uncontrollable events may, and frequently do, change good fortune into bad fortune, or vice versa. 9. Ch.2- Solomon conducted his search for life's meaning as an experiment. ‘Food’ mayalso refer to other things. (4-10) Disappointments common. Who can believe that, "Eat, drink, and be joyful," is, in any sense whatever, the ultimate meaning and employment of life? Chapter Contents. Indeed, there is something distressing in this. Where there’s life, there’s hope. Wisdom is better than strength. If you fail to seize the day like this, all you have are illusions—pursuing money for its own sake, or pointlessly struggling and competing to do better than the next person, to give a few of the examples he uses. "It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this cometh judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). "A great part of these seem to have a special reference to servants of a king,"[17] as would be natural enough in the writings of Solomon. "Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Ecclesiastes keeps saying to take delight in eating and drinking, to be merry and find work that you can do comfortably and happily. 9-11 — This is the only reason for teaming up with another. Certainly, just like the word of Satan is found in the Word of God (Genesis 3:4). This philosophy is absolutely worthless, unless death is the end of everything. "All things come alike to all" (Ecclesiastes 9:2). Let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth 2. The status of our human race is the only explanation that is needed. We find it impossible to believe that "all is vanity," a declaration that occurs dozens of times in the book. 2) Goliath … This, as it stands in the passage, is cited as the end of everything. Where is it? From all these considerations, this writer favors the view that Solomon indeed repented (even as did Manasseh), and that after his return to God, he was inspired to write this book, and that many of the things written in Ecclesiastes represent views which Solomon once had erroneously received, and which, when he wrote Ecclesiastes, he would reject and outlaw altogether in his conclusion (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Chapter 9. "[4], "All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous and the wicked; to the good and to the clean and the unclean; to him that sacrificeth and to him that sacrificeth not; as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. This cannot be true, because the living may still turn to God, obey the holy gospel and attain unto eternal life, whereas that opportunity does not belong to the dead. ( N) Ironically, the writer answers this question in the negative. 1 - 3. Therefore enjoy the comforts and mind the business of life while it lasts, ver. True, the event of death comes to all; but this says, "all things" come alike to all men! Summary. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. This is an obstinate fact; but God has placed in man's heart some equally obstinate intuitions that contradict it. The purpose of Ecclesiastes is to spare future generations the suffering and misery of seeking after foolish, meaningless, materialistic emptiness, and to offer wisdom by … This free Bible study guide will help you understand what you're reading. Why? "[7] But death is not final! Man knows not certainty that he is in God's grace. Ecc9: The same fate comes to all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.". Chapter 9 Solomon, in this chapter, for a further proof of the vanity of this world, gives us four observations which he had made upon a survey of the state of the children of men in it:— I. It was to David's magnificent forgiveness, that we must attribute the fact that he never blamed Bathsheba for this. 9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. "[8] But is not this in the Word of God? 7 h A good name is better than precious ointment, and i the day of death than the day of birth. After death no more work or merit. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. These three trumpets (5-7) all affect mankind directly, this is why they are given the title “the three woes” SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: Revelation 9:1-12 – The Sounding Of Trumpet 5 5 Jun 2012. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, that do with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in Sheol, whither thou goest.". Today's headline in the Houston Post (July 22,1993) highlights the story of a benefactor who stopped to aid stranded motorists, and they tried to rob him! (Matthew 22:32). What is the explanation of this? For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their … (12-18) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 1:1-3) Much is … "And there was found in it (the city) a poor (but) wise man; he could have saved the city by his wisdom, but no one thought about the poor man. "How warped are our human value systems! "They go to the dead" (Ecclesiastes 9:3). This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. v. 6 — This man wants to do his own thing. Loader interpreted what is written here as saying that, "Religious and moral qualities of man do not have the weight of a feather in affecting his fate. "God hath already accepted thy works" (Ecclesiastes 9:7) "... Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest ... which he (God) hath given thee" (Ecclesiastes 9:9). Yes, wisdom is more valuable than strength or weapons of war; "But we are left here with a suspicion that, `In human politics the last word generally goes to the loud voice of Ecclesiastes 9:17, or to the cold steel of Ecclesiastes 9:18.'"[16]. Chapter 4. v. 1 — The egoist rebels against the establishment. ", We should preface this paragraph with imaginary words from Solomon: "This is the way I viewed things while in rebellion against God." He observed that commonly as to outward things, good and bad men fare much alike (v. 1-3). Solomon shows that all human things are vain. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. The first thing he tried to satisfy himself with was pleasure. This knowledge on the part of the living is here cited as the one and only reason given in the text that living is any better than being dead. [9] It is only the boundless conceit, irreverence, and unbelief of evil men that prompts ravages of this kind against God's Word. One of the shameful characteristics of our fallen race is that of ingratitude. God's providence dispenses all things, ver. Read this chapter in full . Paul noted that God has mercy upon all mankind, but there is not a trace of any thought of God's compassion here. Nevertheless, that is a necessary corollary of our interpretation of Ecclesiastes. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. "[15] This interpretation, of course, relies on the variable rendition. The incredible pessimism of this passage staggers one's imagination. Oh yes, this is a parable, but it is not a fable; and one of the characteristics of a parable is that it is based upon an event which either happened or could have happened. "But one sinner destroyeth much good" (Ecclesiastes 9:18). The glorious one who is Greater than Solomon gave us the story of the rich man and Lazarus; and the rich man is represented as being, not merely conscious after death, but in terrible pain and anxiety regarding his brethren who had not yet died, but who were living wickedly as he had lived. Moses and Elijah stood on the mountain of transfiguration and carried on a conversation with Jesus Christ. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. "For the living know that they shall die" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). The same fate of death awaits everyone. This is only one among half a dozen other reasons. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning. "Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works. "Thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:17). THE RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT; NOR THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG, "I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Good and bad men fare alike as to this world. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, "For the living know that they shall die", "The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward", "... Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest ... which he (God) hath given thee", "The poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard". Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. They most certainly believed in the possibility, if not the certainty, of life after death. v. 16 — This philosophy leads to a meaningless existence. Your IP: 77.240.97.140 (13-18) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 9:1-3) If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. Wisdom’although vulnerable’is superior to the power Wisdom’although vulnerable’is superior to folly. 9 Enjoy life with your wife, ( M) whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. And there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.". Up to this point Solomon has written a lot of things which, to a Christian, do not make any sense at all. But for him who is joined to all the living there is … As Paul stated it, "If the dead are not raised up, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die" (1 Corinthians 15:32). • And, in the earthly sense, of course it is. And that’s where the Preacher ends his consideration of relating to a king in verse 9… Oppressive King. The swift usually win the race, and the battle usually goes to the strong, but not always! This chapter actually concludes the part of Ecclesiastes which is the most difficult to understand and interpret. Jesus never used parables to teach lies to his followers. This is the interpretation that seems most logical to this writer. Here we have a glimpse of the penitent and restored Solomon honoring God for his marvelous gifts and praising him for the blessings given to the sons of men, even while he is still relating the stubborn and rebellious things that he had once believed. Solomon's analysis of what he saw `under the sun' was profoundly correct, if the observer leaves God out of his analysis, as Solomon was obviously doing in this part of Ecclesiastes. The sad fact of this little city's true benefactor having been forgotten is only one of a million other similar situations in which there have been gross miscarriages of human justice and even intelligence. Ecclesiastes 9:9 "Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that [is] thy portion in [this] life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun. " Another command concerns the enjoyment of life with one’s wife. The great value of Ecclesiastes is that it elaborates fully the absolute worthlessness and vanity of life on earth by any man who lives without the fear of God and submission to the divine authority of our Creator. "Such an alleged `advantage' of living as compared with death only serves to strengthen the emphatic finality of death. Verse 11 The Teacher mentions several situations that he has seen.But sometimes they did not have the result that people expected. 7 - 10. Also, the idea of the hopelessness and futility of life, stressed throughout Ecclesiastes, was by no means accepted by the patriarchs. Death deprives humans of everything in life. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.". It is not written that God said, "The dead do not know anything," but that Solomon, one of the wickedest men who ever lived, said it. With these verses, we enter the final phase of Ecclesiastes which contains a large number of proverbs, which may be construed as the author's answer to the question of "What is good for man"? (1-3) Man's toil and want of satisfaction. Nor can it be true that men and animals have the same fate. This clearly states that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are living (even in the state of death) and that they are not non-existent. ALL IS IN THE HAND OF GOD. "[2] This writer has been unable to find a convincing answer as to which of these explanations should be adopted. Whom do they honor? G. Religion, Chapter 5:1-8. Human gratitude! Kidner thought that there was a bare possibility that Paul had this verse in mind when he wrote, "So it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy" (Romans 9:16); but he pointed out that, "Paul's concept is far different from that here. Ecc10: A little folly spoils wisdom. It is impossible to believe that the "dead know nothing," except in a limited sense. "For all this I laid to my heart, even to explore all this: that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God; whether it be love or hatred, man knoweth it not; all is before them.". The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly. "The poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard" (Ecclesiastes 9:16). Another explanation of the magnificent "conclusion of the whole matter" (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) is that Solomon finally came to his senses and returned to the love and service of God. One thing is sure, "If that is what the text says, it is a lie," and must be understood as the false teaching Ecclesiastes was designed to refute and deny. "He has set eternity in their heart" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). But it’s not to say that the king is always going to be right – or even righteous. Later in our study chapter 11 and 16, we will look at Trumpet 7. There is no way that this can be strictly true. Hi Welcome back to BibleStudyMinistry.com (BSM), today we’re going to briefly study Ecclesiastes 9, and glean some of what the God of Israel wants us to know through the words of Solomon, King over Israel.Let’s read the chapter! (11,12) Benefits of wisdom. As well their love, as their hatred and their envy, is perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. Jesus said, `Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God'" (Matthew 5:9)."[12]. A summary of Ecclesiastes 9 from @biblesummary. The Seventh Day Adventist notion that the resurrection is the creation of the non-existent dead is also an outright contradiction of Christ's declaration that "God is the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, and that he is the God of the living, not of the dead." Everything that occurs, in the final analysis, happens under the permissive will of God. We have previously mentioned Paul's description of his life under the Mosaic Law (Romans 7), which is analogous to what was probably Solomon's life (and beliefs) prior to his repentance. This was evidently the position that he accepted during the days of his apostasy. Get a detailed summary of Chapter 9 in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Religion … This passage, one of the most famous in Ecclesiastes, should be understood as dealing with unexpected exceptions to what may be generally expected. Scholars vary in their explanations; but the conclusion must be; (1) that Solomon is rehearsing the allegations of materialistic unbelievers with a view to refuting them in his conclusion (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14), (2) that he was writing of what he saw `under the sun,' and not of what he believed, or (3) that, "Solomon, for the time being, had abandoned his faith in God, altogether,"[1] and that his words throughout Ecclesiastes thus far indicate that, "Man would not know that there was any fundamental difference between a man and a beast. The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 9. Enjoy the days of your vain life. Look at the monuments men have built all over the world. Enjoy life while it lasts The injustice of time and chance. ">[9] In the light of what the Christ has said, one may safely set aside what the wicked Solomon is here reported in God's Word to have said. Of him that is done under the sun: that one thing happens all! 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