Ecclesiastes Chapter 2
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3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The vanity and vexation of mirth, sensual pleasure, riches, and pomp. (1-11) Human wisdom insufficient. (12-17) This world to be used according to the will of God. (18-26)1-11 Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? The manifold devices of men's hearts, to get satisfaction from the world, and their changing from one thing to another, are like the restlessness of a man in a fever. Perceiving it was folly to give himself to wine, he next tried the costly amusements of princes. The poor, when they read such a description, are ready to feel discontent. But the remedy against all such feelings is in the estimate of it all by the owner himself. All was vanity and vexation of spirit: and the same things would yield the same result to us, as to Solomon. Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content. His wisdom remained with him; a strong understanding, with great human knowledge. But every earthly pleasure, when unconnected with better blessings, leaves the mind as eager and unsatisfied as before. Happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessedness can be attained.
12-17 Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferable to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. The most learned of men, who dies a stranger to Christ Jesus, will perish equally with the most ignorant; and what good can commendations on earth do to the body in the grave, or the soul in hell? And the spirits of just men made perfect cannot want them. So that if this were all, we might be led to hate our life, as it is all vanity and vexation of spirit.
18-26 Our hearts are very loth to quit their expectations of great things from the creature; but Solomon came to this at length. The world is a vale of tears, even to those that have much of it. See what fools they are, who make themselves drudges to the world, which affords a man nothing better than subsistence for the body. And the utmost he can attain in this respect is to allow himself a sober, cheerful use thereof, according to his rank and condition. But we must enjoy good in our labour; we must use those things to make us diligent and cheerful in worldly business. And this is the gift of God. Riches are a blessing or a curse to a man, according as he has, or has not, a heart to make a good use of them. To those that are accepted of the Lord, he gives joy and satisfaction in the knowledge and love of him. But to the sinner he allots labour, sorrow, vanity, and vexation, in seeking a worldly portion, which yet afterwards comes into better hands. Let the sinner seriously consider his latter end. To seek a lasting portion in the love of Christ and the blessings it bestows, is the only way to true and satisfying enjoyment even of this present world.
Roy's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment on 2/07/2014, 6:48am...
this man is simply telling us that many at times we worrying of earthly things that are worthless rather than focusing on the coming of Christ
TRACIE's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment on 11/12/2013, 6:48am...
This chapter is about how the King hates the fact that even though he has built up a great kingdom..he has nothing to show for what God has given him..Wisdom and knowledge..he has not honored God so he hates himself for it...We will die like the fool if the wisdom that God has given does not show itself..or give benefit.. or give respect to God. The wise man is only wise if it makes a DIFFERENCE....AND praise be given to God who has given that wisdom
Tam's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment on 7/15/2013, 5:29am...
ecclesiastes 2 : it's a reminder for all of us that no matter what we have or what we want in the end it's all vanity, when really all we need while here on this earth is LOVE , food and clothing , the latter two of the three will be supplied the first you as a human must make the choice ... will you Love everyone as CHRIST loves you or will you pick and choose who u will Love.
Prince Tuck's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 4/25/2013, 12:10am...
Re: Eccl 2:14
Another divine reminder that the Heretofore is preparation for the Hereafter (Death is only the beginning)... Wisdom is Divine Guidance, rewarded in both the Heretofore and the Hereafter! So capitalise! Because Death doesn't discriminate. All that's left is Piety.
Ngel Ukoh's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment on 3/07/2013, 4:16am...
Ecclesiastes 2 made me to understand that we should not hold the things of this world very tied, so that when the time comes it will be easy to leave them without pain, because everything under the earth is vanity upon vanity.
Joseph G. Conteh's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment on 9/19/2012, 1:29pm...
The economics' theory of unlimited wants of human beings is being drawn from Ecclesiastes. One may desire something, the moment s(he) gets that, then another desire emerges. One is never satisfied with whatever s(he) has, does, sees, hears, feels etc... Therefore one needs to have a neutralizing point which is the Lord God who should be allowed to reign in our lives. We need to care for one another and avoid gathering riches which may be inherited by our enemies.
Terry Trussell's Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 comment on 9/16/2012, 3:20am...
I have been away from God for a long time, but I have been feeling his presence all around me lately, I was saved on Feb.21 1994, after a few years I left the church, been trying life on my own, it hasnít been working out too good! I'm just Thankful we have a forgiving God, like he said he'll never leave me nor forsake me. Praise Jesus!! Will keep asking for prayers for encouragement and uplifting my spirits!
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