One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. It was an untimely rain that defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, and a purposeless bow-shot that slew Ahab. "It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this cometh judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Indeed, there is something distressing in this. Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil. Up to this point Solomon has written a lot of things which, to a Christian, do not make any sense at all. A summary of Ecclesiastes 9 from @biblesummary. 8 Always be clothed in white, ( L) and always anoint your head with oil. Part of the reason for this uncertainty lies in the enigma of Solomon's life. "They go to the dead" (Ecclesiastes 9:3). 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. 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 labour which thou takest under the sun. Here in chapter, 9 we will look at Trumpets 5-6 affect lost mankind directly. "How warped are our human value systems! Death puts an end to all, ver. Solomon shows that all human things are vain. Later in our study chapter 11 and 16, we will look at Trumpet 7. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. The Seventh Day Adventists have taken this verse as the proof of their false doctrine that, "Resurrection is a restoration to life of the non-existent dead ... No soul is conscious after death. 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. A living dog is better than a dead lion. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. The same fate of death awaits everyone. The grand truth stated here is that God is in control. Loader understood these words as justifying his unusual translation given above. "Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works. Wisdom’although vulnerable’is superior to the power Wisdom’although vulnerable’is superior to folly. We find it impossible to believe that "all is vanity," a declaration that occurs dozens of times in the book. This, as it stands in the passage, is cited as the end of everything. Chapter# 9: All have the same outcome. True, the event of death comes to all; but this says, "all things" come alike to all men! 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. Ecclesiastes keeps saying to take delight in eating and drinking, to be merry and find work that you can do comfortably and happily. The first thing he tried to satisfy himself with was pleasure. Toil Is Meaningless. 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. Work with all your might We do not accept the following translation which varies from the American Standard Version, and the Revised Standard Version, but we cite it here as an interesting variation. [9] It is only the boundless conceit, irreverence, and unbelief of evil men that prompts ravages of this kind against God's Word. It is this fact that suggests the possibility that Ecclesiastes is generally a statement of Solomon's unbelief; but if that is true, it would mean that the conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12 was later added by an inspired writer, as some scholars affirm (although without any proof whatever). 9-11 — This is the only reason for teaming up with another. Solomon's conclusion (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) refutes what is written here. Also, in Revelation we have this, "I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held; and they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master, the holy and true, dost not thou judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth"? A Common Destiny for All. 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. Also, the idea of the hopelessness and futility of life, stressed throughout Ecclesiastes, was by no means accepted by the patriarchs. "The poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard" (Ecclesiastes 9:16). Therefore enjoy the comforts and mind the business of life while it lasts, ver. As Paul stated it, "If the dead are not raised up, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die" (1 Corinthians 15:32). DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF THE JUDGMENT (9b) 1. Where is it? "Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. ( N) Summary. Another command concerns the enjoyment of life with one’s wife. "Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him." This clearly states that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are living (even in the state of death) and that they are not non-existent. Jesus never used parables to teach lies to his followers. 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. 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. 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. "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). 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. Our race, which is in rebellion against God, is divinely condemned to death. Chapter Contents. "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Chapter Nine OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To reflect upon the inevitability of death, and the uncertainty of life 2) To consider how time and chance happens to all 3) To appreciate the importance of a joyful, diligent life, and heeding the words of the wise SUMMARY The Preacher continues to share counsel gleaned from observations on life made during his search for … Ecclesiastes 9:1. There is also here a favorable mention of marriage and the loving of one wife "all the days of thy vanity" (Ecclesiastes 9:9), which is surprising enough from an author like Solomon. In his rebellious days, Solomon looked upon all such disappointments as more proof that, "all is vanity.". 7 h A good name is better than precious ointment, and i the day of death than the day of birth. In spite of this, however, any careful student of God's Word must conclude that the magnitude of Solomon's wickedness was immeasurable. The Book of Ecclesiastes is an essay on the topic "Is life worthwhile?" Chapter Overview: Outward things come to good and bad men alike, ver. However, no impartial observer could possibly overlook the responsibility of Bathsheba and the part she played in all that. God's providence dispenses all things, ver. Chapter. "Such an alleged `advantage' of living as compared with death only serves to strengthen the emphatic finality of death. 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. Nor can it be true that men and animals have the same fate. The meaning of the latter part of this verse is that, "We are unable to discern from that which we may observe taking place in life, which men are living under God's displeasure, and which ones are those whom he loves. 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. 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 … "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." Achan, one sinner alone, caused the tremendous defeat of all God's people at Ai (Joshua 7); and Doeg, one sinner alone, caused the murder of the priests at Nob (1 Samuel 22). Get a detailed summary of Chapter 9 in the Book of Ecclesiastes. (9-11) The vexation in pursuit of knowledge. (13-18) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 9:1-3) Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.". This is the interpretation that seems most logical to this writer. Enjoy the days of your vain life. 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! Chapter Contents. Enjoy life while it lasts The injustice of time and chance. Man knows not certainty that he is in God's grace. This is an obstinate fact; but God has placed in man's heart some equally obstinate intuitions that contradict it. 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. 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). They most certainly believed in the possibility, if not the certainty, of life after death. This chapter actually concludes the part of Ecclesiastes which is the most difficult to understand and interpret. "[14] "This means that, by a social prejudice based on class-consciousness, wisdom was made non-operational with the result that the city was not saved. 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. 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. "The Jews generally, and also St. Jerome, hold the book to have been written by Solomon following his repentance and restoration from the idolatry into which he had fallen through the influence of the heathen women he had married."[3]. But it’s not to say that the king is always going to be right – or even righteous. It is impossible to believe that the "dead know nothing," except in a limited sense. "[2] This writer has been unable to find a convincing answer as to which of these explanations should be adopted. (Ecclesiastes 2:3; Ecclesiastes 6:12). I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter … For this is your lot. "Thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:17). There is no way that this can be strictly true. This is only one among half a dozen other reasons. Note that he referred twice in these few verses to life as "vanity." This was evidently the position that he accepted during the days of his apostasy. 2) Goliath … Abandoned children, adopted by Christian parents and reared even in luxury have been recently indicted for murder of their parents! In all of Ecclesiastes, we should never forget that it was written long ages before the glorious revelation of the New Testament was delivered to mankind, certified and sealed by the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God. Whom do they honor? Read this chapter in full . (12-18) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 1:1-3) Much is … This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. 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. For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion. What is the explanation of this? "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. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning. 4 - 6. He observed that commonly as to outward things, good and bad men fare much alike (v. 1-3). He bought more slaves, herds, and flocks. Ecc9: The same fate comes to all. v. 6 — This man wants to do his own thing. Paul noted that God has mercy upon all mankind, but there is not a trace of any thought of God's compassion here. If one leaves God and his merciful provision for man's redemption out of consideration, our wretched race, wallowing in the miseries, disease and violence which are the fruit of its own wickedness, is indeed `vanity of vanities.' Of course, Solomon lived before the magnificent revelation of life and immortality that were brought to mankind in the life and teachings of the Christ; but Solomon's father David certainly would never have said a lot of things that one finds in Ecclesiastes. But for him who is joined to all the living there is … 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. 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. G. Religion, Chapter 5:1-8. 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. 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"? Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. All kinds of happenings may intervene to make: In the recent Olympic races, the swiftest runner, unanimously favored to win, suffered a fall; and another took the prize. Chapter 9. "[7] But death is not final! Religion … This passage, one of the most famous in Ecclesiastes, should be understood as dealing with unexpected exceptions to what may be generally expected. This, of course, is Epicureanism. Solomon has repeatedly advocated this doctrine, not only here, but in Ecclesiastes 1:9; 1:15; 3:1-9; and in Ecclesiastes 3:14-15. Generally, they honor those who butchered their thousands and tens of thousands on bloody battlefields, but not the wise statesmen who negotiated peace. "[8] But is not this in the Word 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. "[15] This interpretation, of course, relies on the variable rendition. "[6] This might not be the correct understanding of what is written here; but the passage surely allows that as one understanding of it. 5 Jun 2012. Cloudflare Ray ID: 61696334da2e4113 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.". 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). (1-3) All men must die, Their portion as to this life. v. 16 — This philosophy leads to a meaningless existence. 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. 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. 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]. 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". Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ecclesiastes 9. 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. " 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. The incredible pessimism of this passage staggers one's imagination. ADVICE TO THE YOUNG (11:9-10) A. REJOICE IN YOUR YOUTH (9a) 1. Death deprives humans of everything in life. Chapter 4. v. 1 — The egoist rebels against the establishment. The Book of Ecclesiastes, written roughly around 935 BC, comes from the Hebrew word “Qoheleth” (Koheleth) which means “preacher.” The Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, has the word Ecclesiastes as coming from “assembly.” The Book of Ecclesiastes is part of the wisdom literature of the Bible and written by King Solomon and it’s almost like an autobiography of his own life and includes all of the frustrations of life… 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. In all of Ecclesiastes, we should never forget that it was written long ages before the glorious revelation of the New Testament was delivered to mankind, certified and sealed by the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God. We find no Biblical support of that idea anywhere. Wisdom is better than strength. 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.". Ecclesiastes 9. Where there’s life, there’s hope. (1-3) Man's toil and want of satisfaction. All kinds of unpredictable and uncontrollable events may, and frequently do, change good fortune into bad fortune, or vice versa. The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. ", We should preface this paragraph with imaginary words from Solomon: "This is the way I viewed things while in rebellion against God." 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. 7 - 10. Your IP: 77.240.97.140 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. (11,12) Benefits of wisdom. "The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). (4-10) Disappointments common. These last three verses stress both the value and the vulnerability of wisdom. 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.". Bathsheba, one sinner alone, by her nude behavior, caused the fall of David and the ultimate ruin of all Israel through her son Solomon and his son Rehoboam. Verse 11 The Teacher mentions several situations that he has seen.But sometimes they did not have the result that people expected. 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! 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. "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. 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.". vv. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. Shakespeare wrote:[13]. 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.' You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. God will bring you into judgment 2. For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their … 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 And this pushes us toward an answer that lies beyond the pages of Ecclesiastes; and that is, "The prospect (even the certainty) of reward and punishment in the world to come."[5]. ">[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. (4-8) There is nothing new. • • 1 - 3. Ch.2- Solomon conducted his search for life's meaning as an experiment. Look at the monuments men have built all over the world. The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly. Ironically, the writer answers this question in the negative. with a joyful heart, ( K) for God has already approved what you do. 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. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. It was to David's magnificent forgiveness, that we must attribute the fact that he never blamed Bathsheba for this. (Matthew 22:32). "All things come alike to all" (Ecclesiastes 9:2). Nevertheless, that is a necessary corollary of our interpretation of Ecclesiastes. 11, 12. 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. "Time and chance happeneth to them all" (Ecclesiastes 9:11). 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." After death no more work or merit. Who can believe that, "Eat, drink, and be joyful," is, in any sense whatever, the ultimate meaning and employment of life? Please enable Cookies and reload the page. "No man remembered that same poor man" (Ecclesiastes 9:15). "[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. than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will j … 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. And, in the earthly sense, of course it is. One of the shameful characteristics of our fallen race is that of ingratitude. Jesus said, `Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God'" (Matthew 5:9)."[12]. The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 9. Everything that occurs, in the final analysis, happens under the permissive will of God. ‘Food’ mayalso refer to other things. Even if Solomon believed it, which is questionable, because he might have been recounting his religious philosophy during the times of his apostasy, - but even if he believed it, it could not possibly be true. "For the living know that they shall die" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). He was a man greatly loved by the Lord, endowed with great wisdom, who prayed a magnificent prayer at the dedication of the Temple, and who was the most honored and glorified person (from the human standpoint) in the whole history of Israel. 9. "But one sinner destroyeth much good" (Ecclesiastes 9:18). Ecclesiastes 9 . 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. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. This philosophy is absolutely worthless, unless death is the end of everything. 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