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.
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.
Maacar's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 11/16/2013, 7:37am...
The Word here helps us to realize, that God, as Creator, has given us a bit of time to occupy, and all things are temporal.
Although God created man a little lower than the angels, he is befallen by the same thing that befalls every beast of the earth and that is death. In this regard only, man and beast are alike...they are born, they have the same basic needs (food, water, shelter, air), and they die (vs.19). But there is a spirit in man that God created in His likeness...an eternal spirit that is answerable to Him; a spirit that is created to worship Him; a spirit that must be born again by His Holy Spirit in order to inherit the Heavenly home the Lord prepares for those who love and obey Him.
God was well pleased with all of His creation but man alone has a soul that is atoned for by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. I ask you, have you ever seen an animal be born again? Have you ever seen an animal worship the Lord? Have you ever seen an animal preach the gospel of Christ? God judges man, not animals, therefore, with animals, there is no "heaven to gain and hell to shun". They exist for God's pleasure and our enjoyment and use. If God has animals in Heaven it will be those He created in the beginning and in that heavenly place where sin does not enter and nothing or no one ever dies.
Let us not judge God's ways, much less tell Him that He is wrong. He is the creator and judge of all the earth. The question therefore of the spirit was not that "Who knows IF the spirit of man goes up and the spirit of beast goes down?" It is who can KNOW (have complete knowledge of) the spirit of the man which goes upward who can KNOW the spirit of the beast which goes downward to return to the earth(vs.21). God alone knows us full well.
Good and right are all the works of the Lord. He does and has done what pleases Him. Blessed be His name forever without end.
Talent's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 1 on 10/26/2013, 11:52pm...
God has perfect timing ,never too early never too late. But it needs a lot of faith and worth a wait
Kezia's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 21 on 10/21/2013, 4:45am...
ecclesiates 3:21 its refearing to thatWho is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth? and meaning god give every living creature a soul/ spirit for a reason, and meaning who says that animals should just rott here when they die and we should go to heaven, what makes us more loved than animals, if we go to heaven then so they!!! By Kezia Foley Murray Aged 13
Christopher's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 10/20/2013, 6:25am...
brings out avery strong revelations
Susan's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 9/30/2013, 9:36am...
To TOM I don't agree-it clearly says Man has no preeminence above a beast. Reread 18 and 19. You are missing the point. It means that we are no better or worse (as one doeth so doeth the other)- and 21 ( who knows for a fact that mans spirit goes up and a beasts goes down). Yes be happy in your accomplishments but realize its all vanity. In the long run hearses don't come with luggage racks.
Antoinette Page's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 8/07/2013, 11:49am...
This is a very precise warning in your life,don't take life for granted because nothing in this life belongs to us it was given for such time and season.Don't spend your life holding on to vanity,vain thing such as money ,houses,car,education u name it.it's Good to have all those but when u start putting ur trust and worshiping them thats where u fall...but do Good and love the LORD and anchor ur soul in him..
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