Ecclesiastes Chapter 11
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9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 Bible commentary...
Exhortation to liberality. (1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. (7-10)1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excuse not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou hast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, #Ga 6:9|.
7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.
Toksy's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 comment on 5/14/2013, 8:08pm...
Ecclesiastes 11:9,10 Being a youth it is good to enjoy life but we must always remember that everything that is done will be brought to judgement. So we have to live the way God wants us to live. Afterall if anything that is done outside of God is vanity.
Dube Maxwell's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 comment on 1/16/2013, 9:32am...
Verse 3: For the clouds to be full of rain, there is evaporation which first takes place, thereby making clouds pregnant with rain! The blessings which shower us from on are dependent on what goes up! More prayers combined with fasting go up to the throne of God, and galvanize the father into action! God help us!
Ongaria Joseph's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 comment on 9/26/2012, 6:30am...
Jesus Christ having wiped all the sorrows of man and brought hope to us, its high time that we rejoice, cheer up and move according to his footsteps as youths today.
Susan Dalton's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 comment about verse 10 on 1/01/2012, 8:37pm...
Happy New Year!
"Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity." (Ecclesiastes 11:10)
When looking back over a year or over a life, many may have sorrow of heart and see where they went wrong.
When we walk contrary to God's ways and walk in our own ways, when we look back we can have sorrow of heart and regret the way we took.
I heard a man asked in an interview what was his biggest regret in life; his answer was the husband he was in his first marriage. I heard sorrow of heart and regret. The sorrow is what the heart feels and knows; the evil in the flesh is the wrong way seen.
A man was beaming talking about his love of the Lord. As he talked, he referenced all the tattoes that were on his body; he said they were before he came to the Lord. Though his flesh evidenced a way he wished he had not gone, and his heart expressed recognition and sorrow of a way he had took, he had joy in the spirit. His new man rejoiced, even as he sought to acknowledge the lasting image of the old man. Yet, as he stayed in the new man and the spirit of the Lord, the image of the old was covered.
I heard a man say his biggest regrets in life were distractions. He expressed sorrow of heart when looking at the error of his flesh.
For any to not have sorrow of heart and to not be grieved over the wrong seen in their flesh, the sorrow and the wrong must be removed.
Jesus Christ has come, and in Him is forgiveness of all sins. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If any has sinned against us, we forgive as Christ has forgiven us. If we have sinned against others, we seek their forgiveness.
As we begin to walk anew, if we desire to not have sorrow of heart and to not see a wrong way in our flesh, we must walk in the Spirit, keeping the way of the Lord and His commandments.
James's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 comment on 10/16/2011, 9:38am...
Reading of the Word and receiving of Gods wisdom thru Solomon will bring much understanding. KEEP studying. Thank GOD for all the youthful days!!
LINDA HALL's Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 comment on 7/27/2011, 12:12am...
LINDA ECCL 11:6:GOD SAID, SOW YOUR SEED BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW WHICH SEED YOU SHALL PROSPER FROM OR WHICH SEED WILL CAUSE THE BREAKTHROUGH.
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