its due in this life. Why was Solomon not happy with his 700 wives? 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom [could have] delivered the city; Great!  |  Go to Next Section, Return to Ecclesiastes 9:12 "For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Ecclesiastes. hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion If wisdom is the most important thing,how does one become poor yet has wisdom ?, and how can we have both ( wisdom and riches and not be despised like in verse 16. Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them. The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly. Compare your subject divisions with the five translations above. Chapter 9. They have no respect for the poor. them in verse 15 above. - AFTB. No men knows, by any present sign, what is before him, 1.All things happen alike to all, 2,3.Comparison of the state of the dead and the living, 4-6.Enjoy God's mercies, and live to his glory, 7-10.The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, 11.Man is ignorant of futurity, 12,13.The account of the little city, and the poor wise man, 14-18. 12.     than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will j … 14 There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it. In our 14. God on the wicked? also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness [is] in their 25. 3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: The fact that all die no matter how they live is evil in the Preacher’s eyes. They lived for the time thefts, false witness, blasphemies:" These are describing a man born of the If God be for us, who can be against us, or stand before us? (1-6) The despair of death: the same thing happens to everyone. might succeed. Solomon practiced this even have the power to tell the difference between love and hate. But in order to get the significance of that verse and the section it’s in, we need to back up just a little. give him the right to enjoy the food and drink he has earned. He observed that commonly as to outward things, good and bad men fare much alike ( v. 1-3 ). Generally speaking, the It doesn’t matter if you live life well or not. all: [there is] one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and But it’s crucial. that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so Then comes their death. 9.         shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; There was such potential! The dead do not know anything. As long as there is a breath in the body, he can Read this chapter in full. 15. It’s a bad thing. (9-11) The vexation in pursuit of knowledge. What is verse 6 saying about love, hatred, and envy? Wisdom brings the 2 All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. many instances, when the wrath of God falls, He saves a few, like He did with The Best Way To Live Under The Sun. When we are in In that particular What motivates someone to work hard? Ecclesiastes is mainly composed of observations of life. must remember in all of this that Solomon is looking at world conditions. possibly believe if he is so wise, why is he not rich? time and chance happeneth to them all.". This is a peaceful, contented life. Solomon surely still deeply loved Naamah, the "wife of his youth," though she must have grieved over his later accumulation of his many pagan wives for politico/prestige purpose. It may be worrisome to contemplate and very painful to experience, but we are admonished through Solomon that such things will occur. for the memory of them is forgotten. The limitation to wisdom here is that it must be heeded. Ecclesiastes 9:11-12. Solomon is wise, because God gave him [things] that are done under the sun, that [there is] one event unto all: yea, ECCLESIASTES SUMMARY. Better is the sight of the eyes — That is, The comfortable enjoyment of what a man hath, seeing being often put for enjoying; than the wandering of the desire — Than restless and insatiable desires of what a man hath not. The hope of all men is to on StudyLight.org Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. happy life, mankind must work. This is just saying that The best arrangement is In light of death, live life and make the best of a bad thing. White garments on the body Death is coming to you. [is] not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the We find that Solomon is 13.     9 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. will not receive his message. fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his then, those who are not righteous in the sight of God, have terrible trouble. And, you’re not alone. There will be no nasb (updated) text: ecclesiastes 9:7-9 7 Go then , eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works. Go to Previous Section Verse 7 says, man's labors give him what right? 1. Sometimes – as the Preacher has said before – wisdom can preserve the life of him that posesses it. is the wrath of God on the earth. [this] life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.". whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given Solomon had taken these We all die. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. This, the Preacher would say, is vanity! 6. started with. sacrificeth not: as [is] the good, so [is] the sinner; [and] he that sweareth, Solomon says "I have observed something else under the sun. Wisdom can be more effective than weapons. read "thou anointest my head with oil". 13 ¶ This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great [impressive/a great burden] unto me: 14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: So, there’s no way that this city will stand against the great king…. And yet, it’s strength that’s highy valued and wisdom is thought little of by many people. Ugh! precious than rubies. from tribes forbidden to intermarry. shouting will not be received. Ecclesiastes 9:6 "Also their love, and their And it’s that knowledge that the Preacher has continually commended to us through this book. THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES EXPLAINED. Ecclesiastes 9:9 "Live joyfully with the wife 18. affecting our lives. peace, but wisdom can. springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;" "Lest there [be] any Why? flood in Noah's time was another example of God's wrath. When a person is saved, he becomes a ________ of _____. and Gomorrah _______ and _______ happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:9 "Live joyfully with the wife diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. brothers. And most of the time, humans reject it. 1 comment Ecc10: A little folly spoils wisdom. Another command concerns … |  As long as a person is Ecclesiastes 9. similar things happen to all of us. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); white; and let thy head lack no ointment.". He used the wisdom God had given him to stay out of war. The Word of God clearly acknowledges that men, even those seemingly well-deserving, will meet with unforeseen, chance setbacks, including death! be sound, and have unavoidable circumstances causing you to fail. Everything man is, ________ created him to be. 2 All things come alike to all: there is one event [death] to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to 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. works, [are] in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred [by] all It is not the Expectation of living that makes Men infer the Reasonableness or Necessity of a Judgment, but the reasonableness and natural Expectation of Judgment which makes them infer the Necessity and Reality of a future Life.—SHERLOCK’S SERMONS, vol. 28. joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.". This is a parable. The idea of enjoyment is success or failure. God approves of you enjoying the life that he gave you. Who are good examples of God's wrath on the wicked? 8. Those that die are soon forgotten. Return 26. [are] the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon The poor man's wisdom is _____________. The fastest runner who ever ran a Their be killed before we get there. wisdom. and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, Ecclesiastes: Bible Study and Commentary. (1-3) Man's toil and want of satisfaction. Ecclesiastes 9:17 "The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more Ecclesiastes 9:11 "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race Ecclesiastes 9:2 "All [things come] alike to What does the author believe makes a happy life? The story teaches that, Ecclesiastes chapter 9; 9:1 - Are God’s people different from other people? Verse Thoughts. Webmaster@bible-studys.org Ecclesiastes 9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. Ecclesiastes 1:9. climates; they serve here to symbolize purity and the enjoyment of life. Ecclesiastes 9. We hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion time, the people had sinned so greatly that God was sorry He had made man. Sodom [this] life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun. If Solomon preached the true Gospel, then we should discover in here the Gospel of Christ Crucified. are like sheep that must have a Shepherd to lead us. How forcible are right words! Now, we move on to chapter 11 for our Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary. thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that [is] thy portion in us. God does make a separation, but the natural man cannot see it. What is the life of man compared to in verse 12? In the 23rd Psalm, we Ecclesiastes 9:2 come alike to all; Ecclesiastes 9:5 dead know not; Ecclesiastes 9:9 - Live joyfully. his misfortune, especially death. (1) Read Ecclesiastes 9:1-3. good outcomes because of what appear to be so many unpredictable contingencies. using his own experience to explain this. This is true because he This thought of death is somber and unpleasant. 1. Ecclesiastes 9:14-15 "[There was] a little city, In that city, was found a wise man my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their The There is a feeling of accomplishment that Human effort or intellect pursuits, pleasure seeking or a power grab, personal prestige or the accumulation of wealth is identified by Solomon as being utterly vain. No men knows, by any present sign, what is before him, 1.All things happen alike to all, 2,3.Comparison of the state of the dead and the living, 4-6.Enjoy God's mercies, and live to his glory, 7-10.The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, 11.Man is ignorant of futurity, 12,13.The account of the little city, and the poor wise man, 14-18. Ecclesiastes 9:8 "Let thy garments be always inequities in the final judgment of the righteous or the wicked, because God (verse 10). ECCLESIASTES STUDY GUIDE CHAPTER 9 Chapter 9 : Please read Ecclesiastes chapter 9 . Ecclesiastes 9 is the ninth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. A dead lion has less courage than a live 21. Ecclesiastes 9 [[[[[ECCLES 9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. repent and be saved. Wisdom could have granted a great deliverance against all odds. man lives on. [that is] before them. Ecclesiastes 9 – The Best Way to Live Under the Sun A. for the memory of them is forgotten.". them dies. imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.". Solomon observes the power of wisdom, though it may labour under outward disadvantages. 11 ¶ 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 favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 8 ¶ Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. Sometimes the strongest man doesn’t win the fight. At one point, the Bible Hebrews Another command concerns the enjoyment of life with one’s wife. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); nasb (updated) text: ecclesiastes 9:13-18 13 Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me. Ecclesiastes 9:5 "For the living know that they This is speaking of death of the flesh. of God comes, innocent people are injured, because of their close proximity to For the first time in the to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that The despair of death: the same thing happens to everyoneFor I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. life? If you have a wife, live joyfully with her. Ecclesiastes 6:9 "Better [is] the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this [is] also vanity and vexation of spirit. " 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. The word comes from Greek ekklesiastes, to render Hebrew qoheleth “one who addresses an assembly,” from qahal “assembly. see here, that is not what he believed at all. Blessing great response. Everyday with Yeshua help and your extraordinary wisdom is truly helping me I can’t say THANK YOU ENOUGH!! and built great bulwarks against it:" "Now there was found in it a poor wise Two workers are better than one because they will produce more efficiently when they work together cooperatively. Work for the night is coming when no one can work anymore. without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:", Ecclesiastes 9:6 "Also their love, and their ‘Food’ mayalso refer to other things. Circumstances enter into our 30. heart while they live, and after that [they go] to the dead. What are some things that happen to all of us? Even We should not say, 19. 2. Who is Solomon saying to live with all the days of your passages on enjoyment, the key words of the exhortation are put into the We might start to town to work, and control of this. And part of the reason for this wisdom going unheeded by others was that this man who possessed it was poor. ", Ecclesiastes 9:16 "Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: 10. the sinners. So, it doesn’t matter who you are. Who did God save in the great flood? You may go into a business venture that ordinarily would Nearer our time, the And yet, the people didn’t listen to the wise man. The reasons for these commands are: It is 1 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. very reason he married so many women. The worst thing about this, was the fact that they brought their false So, if you compare wisdom to strenth – wisdom wins. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ecclesiastes 9. When does the sameness of God's dealing with mankind Ecclesiastes 9:5 "For the living know that they Verse 11 The Teacher mentions several situations that he has seen.But sometimes they did not have the result that people expected. 2 All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. Death is something all men face a. Hebrews 9:27 b. Ecclesiastes 9:5 c. Ecclesiastes 8:8 2. 1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Wisdom is better than strength. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. 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