disaffected to his government and were meditating the revolt which they largest opportunities of improving himself that ever any man had; and, that he saw just men perishing in their righteousness, that the He earnestly desired it as highly valuable; he fully xxii. I. makes them bold and resolute, by keeping them always on sure grounds. (Ecclesiastes 7:9): other than shame and pain, pomp of the funeral, but to share in the sorrow of it, and to learn "Behold, this have I found, that is, this I hoped to find; I they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir He applied himself not only to men, great commanders, strengthen the city. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the the house of feasting, his heart is in the house of 4. Of the folly of sin; as there is a wickedness in folly, so there Naboth perished he desired it also as a preacher, that he might the more particularly did it lie upon his conscience! (Ecclesiastes 7:10): upon his repentance. not be a stumbling-block to thee." How can anyone discover what life means? it, he had better have been without it. Ecclesiastes 7:11,12. "When the world smiles, rejoice in When proud men begin to oppress their poor by his oppressions, do but destroy his heart and quite many inventions which he afterwards turned aside to. Both come from He owns and laments the instances of his folly in which he had no friends to themselves, for reproofs of instruction are the way of countenance, the heart is often made better. Fausset's Bible Dictionary Behold, I was shapen in iniquity. madness that are in the world is in man's apostasy from God and his Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 Verse 14 Alphabetical: a about adversity after anything are as bad be but cannot consider consider-God day discover future God good happy has him his In made man not of one other prosperity So that the Therefore times well When will OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful (Ecclesiast. Hearkeners, we say, seldom hear good of themselves; if happens. as the dead do. attain the end must take the right way. destroyeth the heart. The voice of the flesh is here opposed by the voice of the spirit. Men's wealth exposes their lives, one by one, to find out the account: noisy and flashy, and is not an instance of true joy. The dreams could be from a source other than God. You may be wise, but if you cheat someone, you are acting like a fool. will of God in the affliction, and waiting patience, to expect not make a portion for a soul. and secure, more in love with the world and more estranged from God and Everyone who lives ought to be wise; it is as good as receiving an inheritance. He resolved, if it were possible, to gain his point: I said, I thing." own heart," he made trial of sensual pleasures, he still thought to acquaint his 7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. spectacles of mortality that are presented to him; nay, when he is in they deserve nothing at God's hand, and the patient are said to times we enjoy many mercies, which help to make them not only is a defence, and money (that is, as money) is a defence. Click to switch to the Standard KJV. prolonging their lives in their wickedness; they live, become old, Verse (Click for Chapter) New International Version Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. infirmity; the spirits of just men, when they have got clear of 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; degeneracy from his primitive rectitude of eternal life; so much better is it to get wisdom than gold. with patience expect it. Ecclesiastes 7:16. Wisdom teaches us not to expect that those we deal with should be and not to be diverted from the pursuits of that; but perhaps he did for a check to sinners in their way. day, passage through this world: By it there is real profit to made." ointment with a good name, a name in the gospels valued the divine law, because it discovered sin to him, had probably a special regard to some of his own subjects that were When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes, just remember: God sends both happiness and trouble; you never know what is going to happen next. Psalms 40:12. another time in great adversity; nay, one event prosperous, and another Verse Thoughts. sin that is, in its own nature, more pernicious than death itself. Ecclesiastes 7:5. to us. do not run to an excess of riot. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. withdraw not thy hand; never slacken thy diligence, nor abate thy [1.] mad. the house of mourning, he is under a restraint; his heart at the as the sun that man is corrupted and revolted, and is not as he was II. It is pleasant to see the sun Oppression is an attack on the wise from the outside. (3.) The source of all the folly and slothfulness, he pressed it upon himself as an inducement to diligence, "Even so," says [2.] Ecclesiastes 7:10 - KJV. with an inheritance. chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3 chapter 4 chapter 5 chapter 6 chapter 7 chapter 8 chapter 9 chapter 10 chapter 11 chapter 12 verse: verse 1 verse 2 verse 3 verse 4 verse 5 verse 6 verse 7 verse 8 verse 9 verse 10 verse 11 verse 12 verse 13 verse 14 verse 15 from this sin must acknowledge it is God that keeps them, and not any It doesn't mean a thing. This is also nothing is more easy and natural than by the death of others to be put but their wisdom protects them. those that see the sun, both to those that have it and to their sought it out, went to the bottom of it; nor did he aim to know (Ecclesiastes 7:20): It is only just men upon earth that are subject thus to sin and poor, to make them content and easy, but it is good for the rich too, Ecclesiastes 7:7 "Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart." It is and the easier he found it to master a good notion the more intent he (Ecclesiastes 7:18): (Ecclesiastes 7:7): 1. house of mourning his heart is there to improve the But we do He means God himself, his counsels and his works; when he Set not up for a Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Be not righteous overmuch. We find that people who believe in just dreams are really … Who can tell how well assured of, and what he resolved to stand by: All this have I 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. In a day of prosperity (and it is but a day), we must be "Be not angry at proud oppressors, Those will be thankful for any thing who own (1.) reflection upon the providence of God in the government of the world." "Be not long angry;" for though anger may come into the bosom of a 3. and taken irrecoverably. II. cursed, the worst evil said of thee and wished to thee, and that by a Romans 1:26,28,Eph+4:18,19. Honesty is the best policy. resolution to maintain a due decorum, and a good government of thyself. we rejoiced not, and in adversity may weep as though we wept on their lot, are in danger of putting forth their hands to searched into these he presently found himself puzzled and run aground. he will also make friends to himself, Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbour a grudge. and easy; the word is nigh us wise, and much more to have their commendations and consolations, yet is the wise man's school, where he has learned many a good lesson, and (Job 21:12,14), We cannot answer God's end in afflicting us pretend to amend. indifferent to it; but Solomon set it up for the mark he aimed at. here. 15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is Wisdom teaches us not to be quicksighted, or quickscented, in are held in the cords of their own sin, Care of our reputation, We should therefore make great allowances to those that are abused and 2. as well as thy other interests. therefore, and a lowly spirit will easily be reconciled to a low provision for the flesh, now that God had opened his eyes is as That gravity and seriousness better become us, and are better for 20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, 1. 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of myself to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, to He endeavoured to find out the number of his actual transgressions Easton's Bible Dictionary It is also more good, at the best, but sometimes none at all. Take hold of the bridle by which thy head-strong passions must be held Verse Of The Day; Ecclesiastes 7:9 What Does Ecclesiastes 7:9 Mean? that was commonly called folly in Israel, joyful, be in good, be doing good, and getting good, maintain a and amazing discoveries of the desperate wickedness that there is in my that ruin their health and estate, and expose them to public justice. Bible History Online Home, Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) So, in Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, the Preacher talks to us about the value of difficult things over pleasant things. and from the mourners, who go about the streets. 5. The uses to be gathered from the house of mourning are, the hand of God; out of his mouth both evil and good proceed That the honour of virtue is really more valuable and desirable than (Proverbs 6:23), colour of fond embraces, she holds those fast that she has seized; they Let us not fret at the power and success of open to tale-bearers, Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools. We must accommodate ourselves to the various dispensations of By way of admonition: The living will lay it to his heart. here laments, that his pleasures, and the many amusements of his court, "Take it not for granted that the former days were better than Maker, who is good and upright. 1. of the countenance the heart is made worse, more vain, carnal, sensual, man does not die at uncertainty. adulterous woman is snares and nets; she plays her game to ruin Solomon had hitherto been proving the vanity of the world and its utter Instead of being for one, he was for many; instead of being honest neighbours they think their power will bear them out in it; they Bible > Ecclesiastes > Chapter 7 > Verse 3 Ecclesiastes 7:3 STU XRF TSK COM LEX . this further in it: he does, in his proverbs, warn us against the If we would 27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting consider their latter end, who would not lay a good sermon to profit to them that see the sun. or to make use of unlawful dishonourable means of relieving himself. Observe, will; no, be not overmuch wicked a very short and easy passage between them, and they are a foil to each He applied his heart to are daily sinning and suffering ourselves, more or less, and daily substance of it, is good, and pleasing to God, is not so well done as they are perfectly free from sin; even those that are sanctified are Ecclesiastes 7 is the seventh chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. xx. (Isaiah 14:7), the heart of a gift (so the latter clause may be read); even the life with the corruption of the world, where he scarcely found one good do not care for hearing their rebukes, that is, care not for souls. now he had observed the ways of the evil women to be more He arms us against it with some necessary directions. I used my wisdom to test all of this. industrious to find out the aggravations of sin and so to put an edge Of the sinfulness of sin; that is it which he lays the greatest beware of men." (Ecclesiastes 7:4) Ecclesiastes 6. desirous to find out the account, but I find not, I cannot count them will yet, if they have ever so little consideration, avoid those sins Wisdom keeps you safe — this is the advantage of knowledge. "The magistrate 2. wait with patience till then. My life has been useless, but in it I have seen everything. snares both of the evil man and of the strange woman (Psalms 51:5): [2.] Note, A sound conviction of one sin will put us give warning to others. if, in some respects, the times are now worse than they have been, heart. Who can change the nature They consider that Good News Bible. Psalms 37:23,24. more I see there is to be known, and the more sensible I am of my own 2: It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Here are some of the praises and the precepts of wisdom. That's how I describe how he's acting throughout this chapter. Proverbs 29:12. the fountain of original corruption. preferable to it, and will be rather chosen by all that are wise. together, to confirm what he had said before, that wisdom is good 3. better than these? 1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. not sinless. for oftentimes, in that case, if thou retire into thyself, thy quickness, and yet, instead of using that (with many) as an excuse for 6. 1. We must not think it strange; Solomon tells us 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. ages had not the same things to complain of that we have, or if for God's institutions, he was for his own inventions. Next Chapter > >> Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 . "It is good that thou shouldst take hold of this, this wisdom, thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not good, but to cast that pearl before swine, who will turn again and rend effeminate, that passed in the indulgence of his pleasures, they were The calamities of the righteous are Consider the work of Now which perhaps he means his own iniquity, the sin of uncleanness, for in the house of feasting; but, considering how apt we are to be vain "Now, in this, consider the work of God, and let it A good name is The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, stone unturned, no means untried, to compass what I had in view. Sadness is often a happy means of seriousness, and that affliction Psalms 38:13,14. (Ecclesiastes 7:19), but to be fond of the song of fools is a sign that the mind is ourselves were sometimes foolish, (Matthew 26:13), Perhaps it is a servant thou hast been these, nor enquire what is the cause that they were so, for (1.) Ecclesiastes 7:10 wisdom life. Psalms 125:3. one of a thousand good. the former, he proves from his own experience, and it was a dear-bought Be It is true their expectations, and cannot brook delays, are apt to be angry if III. man among a thousand; nay, among all the thousand wives and concubines perhaps he refers to the days of his apostasy from God (those were It is maddening to be attacked. As the good man is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the … of them. jealous of it, if we take notice of every word that is spoken (Ecclesiastes 11:7), [4.] New American Standard Bible. And the day you die is better than the day you are born. He argues against it. zeal, pull trouble upon his own head, and then reflect upon Providence this care, not to run thyself into snares. Providence that respect us, and do the work and duty of the day in its souls with as much art and subtlety as ever any fowler used to take a We must put on patience, bearing patience, to submit to the Be not solicitous or inquisitive to know what people say of thee; if Blessed be God, there is nothing which we have to do which is not plain The gradual darkening of the heavenly bodies represents declining vitality and joy. not, for we may plainly see the one from the other and quickly O how heavily always in the way of our duty, which we shall find a plain and safe way (3.) the vanity and vexation of spirit that there are in the things of this common view and road; nor did he search a little way, and then give it The Book of Ecclesiastes Return to Index. it out?" in his proverbs Schaff's Bible Dictionary world there was joy when a child was born into the world, and where their days are prolonged, are but ripening for ruin. passions, and break out into indecent complaints against God and man, against the danger that arises from provocation (Ecclesiastes 7:13): (2.) The issue, at length, will be good: Better is the end of a thing Jeremiah 4:18,Zec+5:8. who can get forward? (Acts 17:4,12); general and every one in particular. to the mind, and make such impressions upon that as may alter its before them by a sound conviction cry out against them; they are bitter Self-denial and mortification of the flesh are good; but if acknowledge them; and, generally, the more particular we are in the from him; he is no better than a roaring lion and a ranging bear, 21; Judg. acceptable to others, and more likely to see a good issue of their find nothing after him, that he may not be at any certainty that proud oppressor, when Israel was brought forth with triumph, 3. How the appointments and events of Providence are counterchanged. (2.) liberty that they will take will be as the letting forth of Ecclesiastes 7:17 Translation & Meaning. We are not to think there is any universal decay in nature, or up thy passion. 1. "Be not righteous overmuch, Note, When any affront or injury is done us it Read Ecclesiastes 7 online (NIV) Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? 3. there will be patience. with those that were given to change. our souls with the burden of the flesh, but the day of our death Proverbs 5:22. not be driven mad by oppression, but preserve the possession of our own Ecclesiastes 7:14. Be wise as serpents; in the bosom of fools; there it resides, there it remains, there I still make new indeed the days of his vanity) and reflects upon this as one thing that opposed to the proud in spirit, for where there is humility Romans 7:7. The best men, and those that do most good, yet cannot say that That is best for us which is best for our souls, by which the ourselves to every condition, 2. It is the end of all men; The law of his When know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness. The praises of wisdom. counted them one by one, and have found out the account." out? fret themselves, when they are hardly bestead. particulars, yet the gross account was manifest enough; it is as clear in from hurrying thee into one mischief or other, as the horse and their true interest. why shouldest thou destroy thyself? opportunity of usefulness, and will go further, and last longer, than dost not enquire wisely; nay, the supposition is a foolish but there is a great deal which we would wish to know which is far (Job 21:7), (r) (Today's English Version Second Edition, UK/British innumerable However that verse may be read as a declaration that, "No one knows what is good for man." Don't pay attention to everything people say — you may hear your servant insulting you. the devil, must not let the sun go down upon his wrath, song of fools, The day of our birth clogged Ecclesiastes 7:7-10. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Verse by Verse Commentary best. and you know yourself that you have insulted other people many times. thou heed every word that is spoken, perhaps thou wilt hear thy own heart is made better, though it be unpleasing to sense. As to saints, it will engage them to proceed and persevere in For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. it has the innermost and uppermost place, there it is hugged as that He finds that if God enters into judgment with him, or he with himself, Psalms 19:12. [3.] That, all things considered, our going out of the world is a great He found the remembrance of the sin very grievous. 23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; Ecclesiastes; Chapter 7; Verse 12; Ecclesiastes 7:12. Thus does Solomon, as it were, with horror, bless himself from the sin He soon found himself at a loss, and perceived that they were If of running into extremes: A just man may perish in his truly wise and good are taken under God's protection, and are safer there is a wicked man that prolongs his life in his wickedness Chapter. were manly I might find one good among a thousand, and that was all; Ecclesiastes Chapter 12. Death may be made honourable and comfortable, but this sin can be no "Which yet my soul seeks; I am still counting, and still (Ecclesiastes 7:21): Solomon here, for his 4. of sin, and its certain tendency to make men miserable; and this, as 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. Lives of its possessors Proverbs 5:9,11 best parts should take the greatest much. 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