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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.

4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

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.

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

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.

13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.


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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.


Recent Comments for Ecclesiastes Chapter 9...


Luckyson Kapinga's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 11 on 4/13/2014, 4:18pm...

Skills ability is vanity before God, but in all our business ' we have to put God first. And wait promotion from Him.


JBall's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 4/09/2014, 11:14pm...

I have been studying Jesus,ible for the past two weeks anddemise,red on this page. I am going to agree with the person who stated we are not to ponder on the demise who is gone. I lost my mom last year and if someone else feels like me I made it a habit to speak to my mom daily, but the LORD is my first preference for the day. I will remember from now on you should not pray to the demise, not sure about speaking or telling how much you Miss them? Me as well love Christ Jesus my Heavenly Father!


Mattew's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment on 3/31/2014, 3:01pm...

God 's Sovereign Grace and Government 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. Ecc. 9 11 The race will not always be won By the swift with the length of their stride Nor battles be his when 'tis done, Who is strong and courageous beside. The wise will not always have food, Nor riches to those of great mind. Your skills may be misunderstood, By others who lag far behind. The giver of all is the Lord, And His is the purpose and will. He will act in accord with His Word And His wisdom and power will fulfil. Matthew J.Cordiner


Amber's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 3/19/2014, 11:39pm...

I have been studying for two years straight using multiple Bibles my conclusion is that the Bible is incomplete due to religious and political pressure and it is perfectly OK to question many things in the Bible and God LOVES us and will help us in the times we need Him most during LIFE as a mortal and after death whatever our state is and after the resurrection which he will give us our glorified bodies beleive it or not God wants us to have as many chances as possible to follow Him read scripture in ANY Bible this is true and it is ultimately up to us if we want to be subject to His awesome rules and laws because He is the Almighty and only wants the best for us Please dispute this if you like but I really don t think anyone in any religion or thought would really want to disagree if they REALLY want to know about God and whatever he has for us other than those who refuse the possibility of anything much wiser outside of themselves I LOVE God and everything about Him knowing that He loves me and I am worth it even though I feel I don t deserve His everlasting love


Evans's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 11 on 3/12/2014, 2:32am...

this text teaches us on the grace of God It s by grace thru faith no one should boast Romans 3 21 31 4 1


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.


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1.  According to the 'Preacher' of Ecclesiastes, a living dog is better than what?

A dead lion
A lame bird
A barren field
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