Ecclesiastes Chapter 9
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1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
Good and bad men fare alike as to this world. (1-3) All men must die, Their portion as to this life. (4-10) Disappointments common. (11,12) Benefits of wisdom. (13-18)1-3 We are not to think our searching into the word or works of God useless, because we cannot explain all difficulties. We may learn many things good for ourselves and useful to others. But man cannot always decide who are objects of God's special love, or under his wrath; and God will certainly put a difference between the precious and the vile, in the other world. The difference as to present happiness, arises from the inward supports and consolations the righteous enjoy, and the benefit they derive from varied trials and mercies. As far as the sons of men are left to themselves, their hearts are full of evil; and prosperity in sin, causes them even to set God at defiance by daring wickedness. Though, on this side death, the righteous and the wicked may often seem to fare alike, on the other side there will be a vast difference between them.
4-10 The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Solomon exhorts the wise and pious to cheerful confidence in God, whatever their condition in life. The meanest morsel, coming from their Father's love, in answer to prayer, will have a peculiar relish. Not that we may set our hearts upon the delights of sense, but what God has given us we may use with wisdom. The joy here described, is the gladness of heart that springs from a sense of the Divine favour. This is the world of service, that to come is the world of recompence. All in their stations, may find some work to do. And above all, sinners have the salvation of their souls to seek after, believers have to prove their faith, adorn the gospel, glorify God, and serve their generation.
11,12 Men's success seldom equals their expectations. We must use means, but not trust to them: if we succeed, we must give God the praise; if crossed, we must submit to his will. Those who put off the great concerns of their souls, are caught in Satan's net, which he baits with some worldly object, for which they reject or neglect the gospel, and go on in sin till they suddenly fall into destruction.
13-18 A man may, by his wisdom, bring to pass that which he could never do by his strength. If God be for us, who can be against us, or stand before us? Solomon observes the power of wisdom, though it may labour under outward disadvantages. How forcible are right words! But wise and good men must often content themselves with the satisfaction of having done good, or, at least, endeavoured to do it, when they cannot do the good they would, nor have the praise they should. How many of the good gifts, both of nature and Providence, does one sinner destroy and make waste! He who destroys his own soul destroys much good. One sinner may draw many into his destroying ways. See who are the friends and enemies of a kingdom or a family, if one saint does much good, and one sinner destroys much good.
Chioma's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment on 1/26/2014, 9:03pm...
It is God dat knowest wat best 4 us,time nd chance
BSP's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 11 on 1/24/2014, 12:11pm...
An unfortunate event can happen to any one of us at any time. It is important to live each day to gain God's approval. Life is a gift from God and in order to make sure that our life is not in vain, we should strive to see what Jehovah God's purpose is for us.
Anonymous's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 1/22/2014, 7:50am...
According to Godís Word, while people are alive, they are aware of death. When death occurs, however, they are aware of nothing. In nonexistence there is neither pleasure nor pain, neither joy nor sorrow. Those dead are not aware of the passing of time.
Rob's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 1/15/2014, 3:44pm...
Reply to Potato Alley..
Actually if it says it in the Bible then it is so and true. The dead know nothing. Now those that are dead in Christ will rise again and those that aren't will be forever codemned.
I'm sorry for both yours and Carlyn's loses, because I too have lost loved ones. Just because they don't hear my prayers doesn't mean that the Lord doesn't and sends me a comforter in the form of an Angel.
Cutty's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 10 on 12/12/2013, 5:46am...
SO HOW ARE PEOPLE "WALKING" AROUND IN HEAVEN WITH LOVED ONES IF NOTHING IS GOING ON AFTER YOU DIE?
Mike C Opara's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 9 on 12/03/2013, 4:14am...
This life is full of ups and downs, happy moments as well as sorrowful times. No one is immune to the stress and troubles of life. However, there is one place one can find succour, comfort and solace - in the home or family, with a loved and loving spouse (and children/siblings). What a tremendous blessing it is to have a happy home! Little wonder then that devil fights marriages leading to countless quarrels, seperations, divorces and broken homes. "Marriage is a unique relationship established by God to fulfill His plan and purpose on earth through man. The marriage institution is established to better the lives of both spouses. The benefits of marriage are best realized when both spouses are committed to it. A breach in the duties and obligations of marriiage by either or both partners, often leads to frustration and disappointment. However, there is the possibility of a joyful, blissful and fulfilling marital life in the midst of all negative experiences arising from different quarters. The basic indispensable ingredients of a satisfying relationship in marriage are acceptance and love on the part of the husband and submission from the wife. A home where there is peace is a home where there is no fault-finding, hardness and bitterness on the side of both husband and wife. Godly communication is the lubricant of marriage and family relationship. There must be a cordial relationship, with a determination to produce a lively and productive togetherness". Our marriages and family life can be a fore-taste of heaven on earth. We can make it work prayerfully and with determination. May the Lord help us in Jesus' name, Amen.
Mark's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 10 on 11/30/2013, 1:01am...
A great encouragement to use our brief time wisely
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