Ecclesiastes Chapter 3
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.
Victoria Bakir's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 1 on 9/07/2014, 3:53pm...
God 's timing is never to late or to early He is always on time.So have faith and know when you are slipping off the edge he is there to catch you before you fall and hit the ground.Praise the Lord!
Pastor charles brantley's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 9/07/2014, 9:18am...
This word is a blessing... Amen and amen
Canaguilar's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 19 on 8/23/2014, 11:31pm...
God chose Noah and his family.
Solomon's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 8/20/2014, 4:26am...
Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us how God has predestined man, plants and animals living things from the beginning. So whatever situation we find ourselves, let us know that it is the will of God concerning our us. Wot an awesome chapter, leaving us with hope in time of distress! Thanks you Holy Trinity
Samuel's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 2 on 8/17/2014, 2:41pm...
Everything in this world has begininning and everything has ending
Bradley Bozant's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 8/02/2014, 6:43pm...
I am living proof. Died February 5, 2010 while undergoing brain sugery. I remember everything from it. There is life as well. There are bountiful blessings here to. Helps you Endure as you ride out the unpredictable weather conditions
Fred Morency's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 15 on 6/27/2014, 4:35pm...
My question is, the first part of the verse is talking about what is, that 's present,now and then God says in the last part of the verse that it has already been. In other words, sometime in the past. Well how far back in the past what we have today could it have been?
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