Chapter 11

Commentary for Ecclesiastes 11

Exhortation to liberality. (1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. (7-10)1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excuse not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou hast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, #Ga 6:9|.

7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 11

  • Bob Hilt on Ecclesiastes 11:1
    Something found inside the old Gideon's Bibles:

    The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

    Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword and the Christian's character.

    Here paradise is restored, heaven opened and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good is its design and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.

    It is given you in life and will be opened in the judgment and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

    -Author Unknown
  • Why Jesus did not make miracles in the presence of Pontius Pilatus and High Jewish religious priests.

    Also, When Jesus raised from the Death He should have presented himself to the Roman government who condemned him to be crucified and the Jewish High priest that asked the Government to crucify Jesus. If He showed himself were it counts, the people of planet Earth would have accepted Christianity as their sole religion. The first one to see him was Maria Madeleine and some other unidentified women why?
  • Karen - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 11:10
    I think that if the Bible doesn't say why, then it's not for us to know
  • Chris - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 11:10
    Greg, I see your point, as Jesus could have at anytime, whether during his Ministry or standing before Pilate in judgement, done something that would show them His Divinity, or even escaped from them. But was this in God's Plan for Jesus & the World?

    John 12:27 speaks of Jesus in agony of His impending death, which meant bearing the load of mankind's sin as well, cry out to the Father to "save Him from this hour; but for this cause came I unto this hour". So Jesus had it in His Power to thwart the wicked plots of the Jews & Pilate, but refrained because of the wiser Plan of God for dealing with our sins.

    Even after His Resurrection, he could have given witness to His Divinity & the Power of God, & no doubt that would have shaken them to the core. But would all be convinced? Would 'the people of planet Earth' in the future take note of that witness by Jesus? Jesus gave the story of 'the rich man & Lazarus' who had died (Lk 16:19-31) which gives us insight to this. The rich man, in Hades, is in torment & longs for his five brothers on Earth to be warned that they don't come to the place he was at. Jesus replied, that the Scriptures were available to them to learn about this, but the rich man pleaded that Lazarus who was in comfort should be sent to his brothers to warn them (as one coming from the dead). But Jesus' reply: "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." So Jesus knew that even His presentation to the people after His Resurrection, may convince some, but not all, & of course the rest of us would very likely also reject Him, as so many do now.

    And besides all this, all things that Jesus did, was according to His Father's Plan. And this included, for reasons not revealed, that Jesus should not promote His Resurrection except his revelation to those closest to Him & for this witness to be carried into all the world by His servants, as those who were there to see it all.
  • Mickey on Ecclesiastes 11:5
    When you open this website there's a search box. Type whatever you want to look up I.e heal healing baptism
    It'll go fetch every verse in the Bible for you to read.
  • The Heavenly birth is somewhat like the earthy birth but the heavenly birth is in the Spirit th child is the H.G. Thats y jesus said that which is born of the spirit is spirit thats our new innerman the H.G. our fruit unto God .My lil children of whom i travail in birth till Christ is formed in you,the heavenly birth is very much like natural birth but the heavenly birth is when man will birth God via the word/seed.To whom the word ( THAT GOOD SEED ) came it made them GODS. Thats y the sower of the good seed wants to sow his precious seed in our hearts.Being born again of an incorruptible seed.On the cross he was calling for Elijah to come and turn the hearts of fathers to th Children etc GB
  • Alphonse Anders on Ecclesiastes 11
    How many days are many days in Ecclesiastes 11:1
  • Verse 1~When we first give of ourselves we may not see the immediate results or experience immediate gratitude from others. If we continue to be generous, we will experience the help we need from others when we are in need.
  • Noel JB on Ecclesiastes 11
    Verse 1:Many times we sow the seeds through normal church divine service , family worship , on the Radio station , TV station , in large evangelism , during visits in the Correctional Centers , Hospitals and other places and expecting the hearers to be converted quickly but our expectations are wrong , the holy spirit got the message into hearers heart and after many days they will come and join
  • Jacqueline Little - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 11
    Jesus just want us to cast our cares on Him and He will do the rest in His timing not ours. While we wait on Jesus don't forget to praise Him for His mighty acts toward men. Thank you Jesus for this revelation to my spiritual need in times like this. We serve an awesome God is He.


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The 'Preacher' of Ecclesiastes says to cast your bread upon the waters for you will find it after many days. What does this mean?
  • The way to catch fish is to throw bread on the water
  • Give without expecting a return
  • Soggy bread is better than no bread
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