Ecclesiastes Chapter 3
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19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The changes of human affairs. (1-10) The Divine counsels unchangeable. (11-15) The vanity of worldly power. (16-22)1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.
11-15 Every thing is as God made it; not as it appears to us. We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up with thoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither time nor spirit to see God's hand in them. The world has not only gained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts against the beauty of God's works. We mistake if we think we were born for ourselves; no, it is our business to do good in this life, which is short and uncertain; we have but little time to be doing good, therefore we should redeem time. Satisfaction with Divine Providence, is having faith that all things work together for good to them that love him. God doeth all, that men should fear before him. The world, as it has been, is, and will be. There has no change befallen us, nor has any temptation by it taken us, but such as is common to men.
16-22 Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that aside, and judges will not use their power well. And there is another Judge that stands before the door. With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not. Solomon seems to express his wish that men might perceive, that by choosing this world as their portion, they brought themselves to a level with the beasts, without being free, as they are, from present vexations and a future account. Both return to the dust from whence they were taken. What little reason have we to be proud of our bodies, or bodily accomplishments! But as none can fully comprehend, so few consider properly, the difference between the rational soul of man, and the spirit or life of the beast. The spirit of man goes upward, to be judged, and is then fixed in an unchangeable state of happiness or misery. It is as certain that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. Surely their case is lamentable, the height of whose hopes and wishes is, that they may die like beasts. Let our inquiry be, how an eternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? To answer this, is the grand design of revelation. Jesus is revealed as the Son of God, and the Hope of sinners.
Mark's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 3/04/2014, 8:28pm...
Concerning the determination of all God s creation after death It should be noted what v 14 states that God does things forever Nothing can be added or taken from it Death is simply a transition period For those who think animals plants or fish cease to exist upon their demise here should look no farther than the Tree of Life which was in the midst of the Garden of Eden prior to the advent of man Once Adam and Eve sinned there were banished from said Garden What happened to the Tree of Life Did it perish No It makes a return in the New Jerusalem Rev 22 2 Same tree different realm What God creates in the natural realm is good and He in no way ever gave Lucifer Satan another created being the ability to utterly destroy it s existence permanently
Agim emmanuel's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 1 on 2/09/2014, 8:48am...
This verse make us to know that in this life they is a time to be happy and also a time of sorrow not every time someone need to happy so in any place u find ur selfe give thanks to God
MockingBird's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 1 on 2/09/2014, 7:37am...
I agree with Unicesha s comment You reap what you sow and there is a time that you will get it Watch what I do say and go I could not have said it better There is a time and place for everything
Laniel's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 2/07/2014, 11:22am...
This chapter ishelping me understand death
SEAN's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 21 on 2/02/2014, 11:05am...
SPIRIT IS SPIRIT AND THATS WHAT IT SAYS AND THATS WHAT IT MEANS. SPIRIT MEANS SPIRIT,LOOK IT UP. THE THING IS, SPIRIT NEVER DIES. IT TELL US MAN HAS A SPIIRIT AND ANIMALS AS WELL. IN THE BIBLE SPIRIT MEANS SPIRIT. THEN THEY LIVE ON ITS NO HARD THING FOR GOD TO DO THAT. IF THE SPIRIT OF THE ANIMAL GOES DOWN TO THE EARTH, IT MAY BE GOD HAS A DIFFERANT PLACE FOR THEM UNTILL THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS.
Victoria's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 14 on 1/17/2014, 9:36am...
whatsover God had determined for the lives of those who love and obey him is forever settled. Many around them may envy and may want the good works of God in their lives to stop, but they shall surely stand forever because the purpose for their lives is of God.
TRACIE's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 11/18/2013, 2:30am...
My favorite saying is "It's All Relative" What happens day to day is the same from yesterday and will be the same tomorrow. That is Vanity. What is important to God is that we be thankful for his gift of life. Rejoice and have joy in our labors. Understanding that we have a chance to MORE THAN the beasts of this earth by what we do for and how we love and honor God. Value the simple things of just eating and drinking because God has given Everything to you. If we do not fear God and TRY to live as he DIRECTS we are no more than the beasts if this Earth and will die and go downward instead of rising to be with God in Heaven.
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