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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.

9Live 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...


Kathy Jo Bryant's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 11/05/2014, 7:47am...

I believe the Bible means just what it says. All those who are alive, know that they will eventually die, but those who are dead, don 't know anything at all. One must compare scripture with scripture, to arrive at the truth. Ecclesiastes 12 7,Genesis 2 7,James 2 26,Job 27 3,Genesis 2 7,Ezekiel 18 20,Revelation 16 3,Job 4 17,1 Timothy 6 15,16,John 5 28, 29,Acts 2 29, 34,Job 17 13,Psalms 115 17,Ecclesiastes 9 5, 6, 10,Job 14 12, 21,Psalms 146 4,Job 14 12,2 Peter 3 10,Revelation 22 12,Thessalonians 4 16, 17,1 Corinthians 15 51 53,Genesis 3 4,Revelation 12 9,Exodus 7 11,1 Samuel 28 3 25,Daniel 2 2,Acts 16 16 18,Revelation 18 23,2 Corinthians 11 13,Revelation 16 14,Matthew 24 24,Revelation 13 13, 14,2 Corinthians 11 14,Matthew 24 23, 24,Acts 17 11,Isaiah 8 20,Leviticus 20 27,Luke 20 35, 36,Revelation 21 4,Psalms 104 29,Psalms 146 4,2 Kings 20 1,Job 17 13,Job 14 1, 2,Revelation 16 14,Matthew 24 24. If you want more on this verse, check out the following a m a z i n g f a c t s . o r g .


Segun Alabi's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 11 on 10/22/2014, 7:38am...

With power shall no man prevail, with intelligent no man shall make it, but with grace through faith in God one can get there in life.


Mwaniki's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 11 on 9/04/2014, 11:36pm...

Everything depends on God who provides all the capabilities.The condition is only Faith in God.


Cherie's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 4 on 6/12/2014, 4:06pm...

Edmund, "The Old Testament Does not have Jesus or Heaven... "? Have you read Isaiah 53 lately, or the Psalms or any of the major or minor prophets? No, the name "Jesus " is not mentioned in the Old Testament but the Son of God, who became Jesus, is everywhere in the Old Testament and so is reference to His kingdom, which is heaven. In the four gospels, Jesus Himself makes reference to so many texts from the Old Testament, many which are prophecies about Himself and there are literally hundreds of text references from the Old Testament in the New. I have frustration with those who say the Old Testament is no longer relevant, when without the Old Testament, we would have no clear understanding of the plan of salvation, no knowledge of our origin, the creation of the world, the fall of Lucifer, the divinity of Jesus or the law that Jesus came to defend with his death on the cross.


Edmund lamb's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 4 on 6/05/2014, 1:35am...

Though Ecclesiastes is 1 of my favorite Books. It must be kept in a Mature readers Believers mind that it was written before JESUS......So to point out little inconsistencies is a little hmmmm What are u getting at? The Old Testament Does not have Jesus or Heaven, The New Testament does...u should expect it too be different..Solomon spoke of life..Jesus spoke of The After Life!!!!!'s Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 5/26/2014, 11:58pm...

And when I say experience life with GOd. I mean so we can live according to God 's orignal plan when he created Adam and Eve. Those who don 't make it to paradise WILL NOT LIVE. Jude 7 and 2 peter 2 6 makes it pretty clear that everlasting fire is clearly symbolic for destruction. Not to mention all the other times fire was used to destroy. Aka sodom and gomorrah's Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 5/26/2014, 11:54pm...

Mstlpflx If your implying that the dead knowing nothing, does not literally mean that in this case in the way you present it. Then that would mean the the righteous do know things. But there is no distinction made between the good and bad in this case. David himself FELL ASLEEP in death. Acts 13 36. If you think about it, death mean exactly what it implies. DEATH. If the dead are conscious, then they are not dead. The soul that sins dies. It doesn 't get transferred to life sentence prison. It DIES. It will not live anymore. Christ died so that we can live. He didn 't die so we can be transferred from the Paradise in the rich man parable to another paradise. He died so that we can experience life with God.


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