Be slow to anger, slow to speak, and quick to hear – as James says in the New Testament. for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this [asking this question is not wise]. He’d rather just enjoy life and forget all about the reality of death. So it is good if people know that. Chapter 7. (1-4) Better in life and death. That’s not to say that there were no righteous women in the Preacher’s day. It’s pleasant. The praises of wisdom. So, too, does oppression turn a wise man into a fool. But we’ve all sought out many evil schemes. 7 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. There’s no end to his work. And, there is an overriding theme: What Is Better. Avoid extremism in … 27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account: 28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one [righteous] man among a thousand have I found [which isn’t saying much]; but a woman among all those have I not found [which is saying even less]. Sorrow can therefore be better than laughter. And he’ll be unprepared for what’s to come. And the emphasis I think is on having a long life. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. How can my servant or buddy or whatever curse me?! 20 ¶ For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. 18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this [one warning]; yea, also from this [other warning] withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all [go forth in both, obey both]. He hasn’t found any righteous women. Against hastiness of spirit, Ecc 7:9. Ecclesiastes 7:7. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. That laughter and mirth enjoyed by a fool is vanity. So, now, the Preacher is going to move on – because he believes that you got the point of valuing difficult things over pleasant things. It’s not wise for you to say “Why were the old days better than what I have now?” And this admonition aligns well with all that we’ve seen so far. Only fools do that. Many things are here said in its commendation, to engage us to get and retain wisdom. So, in Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, the Preacher talks to us about the value of difficult things over pleasant things. and the day of death [is better] than the day of one’s birth. But there’s a really good chance that you’ll die earlier than usual if you live that kind of lifestyle. Ecclesiastes 9:4 "For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than … The guy in this new section is working so hard. We don’t want to experience death. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better [in sadness of face (sober reflection) there is good for the heart]. But also when you’re experiencing difficulty – just remember that God has made both. Moving on, I’m thinking that most of us who are a little farther along in life have been caught thinking the way that the Preacher criticizes next in Ecclesiastes 7:10…. So, in light of that, If you try really, really hard to make yourself righteous and wise so that you have a long life – you’re going to be disappointed when you happen to die early. Now, when you make a mistake it can really cost you. Be ready for death. And again, the difficult wins over the pleasant. But this is what the Preacher says. The fool doesn’t consider death. Whereas, perfume is pleasant and it’s a good thing – but the value of the difficult in this case is greater than the value of the pleasant. 3 Frustration is better than laughter, because a … That’s Ecclesiastes 6-7. Though these themes are only mentioned briefly in Ecclesiastes, Solomon and others speak at length regarding true righteousness and wisdom in the book of Proverbs. What offense we take at people speaking poorly of us. Yea, than great riches. I came across your site and Wow it couldn’t be a simpler, non-complex explanation. Hostility seems to be a hallmark of this church age in a similar way that road-rage is to the world.It is alright for us to be righteously indignant as long as we do not sin.There is a place for righteous indignation, but God does not permit much anger because it is difficult not to sin when angry. Obrigado. Your email address will not be published. Patience is a good thing. The man who does right dies young and the man who is evil lives a long time. Solomon, in these verses, recommends wisdom to us as the best antidote against those distempers of mind which we are liable to, by reason of the vanity and vexation of spirit that there are in the things of this world. Vexation is better than laughter, for with a stern countenance the heart will rejoice. 7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad [into a fool]; and a gift destroyeth [bribe corrupts] the heart. Ecclesiastes 7:8-10. So, don’t be evil and foolish either. Those thorns under a pot will burn and crackle quickly and will be no more. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. No one. of Who wants to read God’s word without really understanding it.Kathy. Who doesn’t like music? He’s found maybe one righteous man in a thousand. It would seem that in a perfect world, a man who does right would have a prolonged life and one who is evil would have a very short life. Solomon had given many proofs and instances of the vanity of this world and the things of it; now, in this chapter, In these verses Solomon lays down some great truths which seem paradoxes to the unthinking part, that is, the far greatest part, of mankind.I. And because of that, don’t listen too carefully to people or you’ll likely hear your servant or your friend or whomever else curse you! 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. And again since behind the Preacher is Solomon, it’s not hard to see why he might not have found any righteous women – since he got married to all those pagan wives. Obey both commands. Your parents are happy. The vain, meaninglessness of life without God, and the vital importance of having the Lord in our lives, is summed up at the end of the book of Ecclesiastes: we are to fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" And yet, even then, can’t you wish for some other way to enter into glory? 6:12 are answered in Eccl. Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary Summary Meaning Explained. This has helped me immensely. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The title “Ecclesiastes” comes from a Greek word indicating a person who calls an assembly, so it makes sense that the author identified himself in Ecclesiastes 1:1 by And I’m sure this kind of statement is very offensive to the broader culture in which we live. The end better than the beginning, Ecc 7:8. But it’s in Ecclesiastes 7:26 that he gets to his latest findings regarding life under the sun…. Be patient. You can read through all of Ecclesiastes 7 below. Next, the Preacher moves from the value of the difficult task of considering one’s death to hearing rebuke…. Of oppression, Ecc 7:7. Rejoice when things are pleasant and abundant. He’d rather be in the house of mirth. T here is a book of the Bible that is often overlooked. 16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise [do not depend upon your righteousness or wisdom FOR YOURSELF (reflexive) to obtain long life]: why shouldest thou destroy thyself [be disappointed when you die early]? Ecclesiastes; or the Preacher Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET CHAPTER 7 Ecc 7:1-29. And sadly almost everyone is this way. 8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. The eternal benefits are greater. Ecclesiastes 7:4 "The heart of the wise [is] in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools [is] in the house of mirth." Now you have responsibilities. But the Preacher wants you to estimate the value of the easy days of old as far less than what you’re experiencing now. There was a day when you were born. The beginning of a thing is right there immediately. But whether he faces that reality now voluntarily or not – he will eventually meet his end. 21 ¶ Also take no heed unto [do not give your heart to] all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: 22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. Those actions might actually end your life prematurely. Songs are lovely. I had to read it twice to let me truly understand. I’d want that. It will do more good to go to a funeral than to a feast. Next, the Preacher considers contradictions to the law of retribution…. On the other hand, the fool won’t go there. Required fields are marked *. But do we ever consider how we’ve spoken of others? Or at least, they should. So, pay attention to both of these warnings. But he is saying that he couldn’t find any. If your heart is in the house of mourning – if you consider the end of your life and let that sober reality sink in and act on that reality – then you’re in good company. ◄Ecclesiastes 7:7 ► Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart. God has made both the day of adversity and the day of prosperity. 7:1-14 (6:12a is answered in Eccl. And so, for the person who is going to try to achieve long life by doing right, the Preacher has a message in Ecclesiastes 7:16 and following…. (Ecclesiastes 7:8-10 ESV) In this section of Ecclesiastes there are proverbs, but with some expansion beyond just a brief statement. (See see on JF & B for Ec 6:12). 6 For as the crackling of [quick-burning] thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. And don’t be a fool or you might die prematurely. But at least you don’t remember the day of your birth. Solomon had given many proofs and instances of the vanity of this world and the things of it; now, in this chapter, I.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. 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Ecclesiastes 7:6. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. I took my time to ready it along side of my Bible. The New American Commentary notes on verses 1-7: “This text is similar to Deut[eronomy] 23:21-23 [about keeping vows to God], but the emphasis in Ecclesiastes is on the limitations of human knowledge and the contingency of human existence. 25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: Now, we’ve heard this kind of statement before. Ecclesiastes 7. Everyone’s happy. Enduring Word Bible Commentary Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 Ecclesiastes 7 – Trying to Find a Better Way A. Aliás, também o usei em uma devocional com a equipe da minha igreja. Commentary on the Bible, by Adam Clarke, [1831], at sacred-texts.com. 13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? Thank you for this! Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. Avoid extremism in seeking to righteous and wise, lest you destroy yourself b. He asserts that they’re more valuable than the pleasant things that you and I prefer to experience. But the day when you die will be better. So, both wisdom and money can provide some protection in various ways. But, the Preacher wants us to think differently about difficult things. But money won’t save your life. But would you agree that it’s hard to gain a good reputation and really easy to lose it? 5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. Verse Thoughts. So, don’t waste your time trying to prolong your life by those means. COUNSEL FOR BALANCED LIVING (7:15-29) A. There are things that God shows us through sorrow that teach us so much more than laughter ever can. Ecclesiastes 7 Wisdom. And – above all – fear God. It’s good to patiently wait for the end of something. 14 ¶ In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set [made] the one over against [as well as] the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him [can’t know what the future holds]. Don’t make great efforts to prolong your life through super-right living. We cannot just drift through life pleasing our flesh, and … 24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? So, you and I might want to value the former days when things were easier and more pleasant for us. They sober you up and get you searching for God in the midst of the difficulty. And it’s when life is filled with these kinds of things that we’re most likely to bitterly contend with God. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of … And the Preacher’s not done with this theme of needing wisdom in dealing with the unjust…. Here are some of the praises and the precepts of wisdom.I. Fui edificado com o comentário que você postou. That’s where the Preacher comes back with this convicting thought – you, too, have cursed others, haven’t you? Looking at life through better and worse. Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes overview / walkthrough. 15 ¶ All [the following two] things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in [despite] his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in [despite] his wickedness. You’re in the real world now. It will ultimately end. 10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? 2 You may enjoy a party. So, enjoy the good things that God has given, submit to his sovereignty in your life, value difficult things over pleasant things, remember these contradictions to the law of retribution, and deal wisely with the unjust. גט֥וֹב כַּ֖עַס מִשְּׂח֑וֹק … 7:1 A good name [reputation] is better than precious ointment [perfume]; Well, that’s not so bad. And then it seems like the next verse is a warning about the potential of a wise man becoming a fool…. 1. So, Ecclesiastes 7:2 sheds more light on why the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. In that sense, it’s difficult. And you might think – what?! Isn’t this one reason we yearn for the rapture of the Church? The day of one’s death is difficult. … And you want to be wise, don’t you? Be wise. It’s wise for you to consider your end and act based on what you learn. Choose a verse from 'Ecclesiastes 7' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLıght .org . Ecclesiastes 7:9. You need wisdom precisely because of the absence of just men who do right and don’t sin. Reality is, some courses of action are better than others. We will all die in the end. And the next verses (Ecclesiastes 7:17–18) keep it all in balance. And he’s going to be completely unprepared. The Preacher is still addressing work and an imbalanced view of it. Ecclesiastes 7:9(NASB) Picture courtesy of WenPhotos-Pixabay. The name of the book is Ecclesiastes and it is found in the Old Testament after the book of Proverbs and before Song of Solomon. So, this is speaking of the evil, adulterous, seductive woman. And, so, I think that statement is easy to accept, but what do you think about the second part of Ecclesiastes 7:1?…. 12 For wisdom is a defence [protection], and [like] money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth [preserves] life to them that have it. But then the day of your death. For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility. Salem Media Group. name--character; a godly mind and life; not mere reputation with man, but what a man is in the eyes of God, with whom the name and reality are one thing ( Isa 9:6). I assume that many things were easier and more pleasant for most of us when we were children than they are now. Yes, you might prolong your life even though you’re wicked and foolish. 17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? Rather, take it to heart. And lastly in this section, we’re directed to the relative value of adversity, which is difficult, and prosperity, which is pleasant…. 11 Wisdom is good with [like] an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. (2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. ◄ Ecclesiastes 7:1 ► A good name is better than fine perfume, and one’s day of death is better than his day of birth. And let your knowledge of death lead you to consider what comes after – not merely reality under the sun – but spiritual reality. We might notice that our life seems to be filled with difficult things – difficult people, difficult situations, problems that are over our head, etc. So, this is saying that either – 1) when a wise man oppresses someone else he will become a fool or 2) that the wise man can become a fool by witnessing oppression happening around him. The Preacher said that he’s seen that happen. The righteous don't always prosper, nor do the wicked always suffer a. Now, in a sense, Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 are a continuation of the previous section about finding a balance in your work life. And yet strangely he’s not satisfied with all that work and what it produces – riches. A good name is better than precious ointment.] An honest autobiography of the vapid life of the man who had everything. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning [a funeral], than to go to the house of feasting: for that [death] is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. We may … What’s pleasant about that? 1 You may be a nice person. When we walk through an empty house, we may see possibilities for it, but because it is empty, it is not a warm, accepting, and welcoming place. And then in Ecclesiastes 7:8 the Preacher goes back to comparing difficult things with pleasant things…. When you were a child, you were taken care of – or you should have been, at least. And yet, you would do better to listen to the difficult rebuke of a wise man than to listen to the pleasant song of a fool. But the Preacher sees that the value of the end of that thing is higher. Sadness of face is good for the heart. You need to be patient to accept this. Click the verse number to read commentary, definitions, meanings, and notes for that particular Ecclesiastes 7 verse. 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions [evil schemes, devices]. 7:1-12 and 6:12b is linked to 7:13-14 by the phrase "after him" [BDB 29]). And this unfortunately is why you and I need wisdom in dealing with unjust people. The UBS Translator's Handbook on Ecclesiastes (p. 214) asserts that the last two rhetorical questions of Eccl. Be ready to face this God that the Preacher keeps talking about. That’s what we saw in the previous verse – that emphasis on prolonging one’s life. 1. We should be careful about making great promises to God because we do not know if our circumstances tomorrow will be what they are today. Ecclesiastes 7, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. In Luke 11:24-26, Jesus uses the illustration of an empty house, "swept and put in order," but what fills it makes a great deal of difference in terms of it "end." I mean, really, the only pleasantness that we can derive from it is if we’re believers and if death is simply our entrance into life. I think this is more like right and wise living. Ver. Advantages of sorrow and correction, Ecc 7:2-5. Then the Preacher pictures the fool’s song-producing voice as something fleeting that will quickly vanish in light of eternity. Learn how your comment data is processed. But waiting for the end of it takes patience. It seems to be the Preacher’s attempt to communicate his efforts to understand the way things are under the sun. 19 ¶ Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city. And this is the case in spite of God originally creating man upright. Not even you. 1. It is good to remember that. We might notice that our life seems to be filled with difficult things – difficult people, difficult situations, problems that are over our head, etc. Again, the beginning of something is naturally more exciting and hopeful. ecc 7:0. Because those thoughts are the exact ones that wise men have. They’re ultimately much better than easy and pleasant things. That the honour of virtue is really more valuable and desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world (, Solomon had often complained before of the. So, in Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, the Preacher talks to us about the value of difficult things over pleasant things. The context here is the house of mourning – or a funeral. Death is the end of everyone. It’s fleeting. Want a free Bible overview .pdf study tool ? It might not work. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called '(the) Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. Ecclesiastes’ authorship is usually attributed to Solomon based on the first verse of the book which reads, “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” (Ecclesiastes 1:1 ESV). And lastly, the Preacher turns his attention to the need for wisdom in dealing with the unjust…. We may lawfully go to both, as there is occasion; our Saviour both feasted at the wedding of his friend in Cana, and wept at the grave of his friend in Bethany. And yet, the Preacher wants us to value this day above your birth day. This is another instance where we need wisdom in dealing with the unjust. And in the Preacher’s mind, that’s a good thing. This alone is "good," while all else is "vanity" when made the chief end. And sometimes you just don’t remember problems in the world back then – whereas maybe now you’re keenly aware of them, and even worried about them. This gives a contextual relationship for interpretation that attempts to follow the intent of the original inspired author. (Read Ecclesiastes 7:1-6) Reputation for piety and honesty is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. The value of a good name, Ecc 7:1. DO THINGS IN MODERATION (15-22) 1. New American Standard Version. And as long as the Preacher is talking about patience and pride in one’s spirit, he continues in Ecclesiastes 7:9 talking about other potential problems within one’s spirit…. But it is better for you if you go to a funeral. And at the same time, who likes rebuke? The emptiness of a fool's joy, Ecc 7:6. Proud member chapter 7, it baffled me so I had to research it. He reviews what he had been discoursing of already, and tells us that what he had said was what he knew and was well assured of, and what he resolved to stand by: Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. All rights reserved. And again, we have money here – which is pleasant and wisdom which is difficult to obtain. So, here’s the first piece of wisdom in dealing with the unjust – realize that no one is totally just and without sin under the sun. He is here, more than any where in all this book, putting on the habit of a penitent. Wow this explains everything so much better, keep posting please, As I just started reading Eccles. And whichever of those is the case, it’s similar to the effect that a bribe has on a person – it corrupts that person’s heart. 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