2. a. Because for every matter there is a time and judgment: Wisdom knows what Solomon first poetically explained in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – that there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven. a. I saw the wicked buried… they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: Solomon saw that the wicked die, and their evil is soon forgotten instead of being memorialized in infamy. When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. One might say that this question is even more troublesome, because in a very real sense, there are no. Would you know one if you saw him? Numbers 6:25). (15-17) Live for the moment – and know there is more than what you can see. “…There is a time wherein one man–” what? Some particular instances of wisdom prescribed to us. (1-5) To prepare for sudden evils and death. a. Next, the Preacher speaks of the spreading of evil due to its punishment not being executed swiftly…. Keep the king’s commandment for the sake of your oath to God: The Preacher understood what the Apostle Paul would later write in Romans 13 – that we should obey government authority as part of our obedience to God. But it doesn’t matter how it appears. A note about Ecclesiastes We see in chapter 1 verses 1 and 12 that Solomon is the author. All this added to the sense of life’s meaninglessness for Solomon. (1-5) To prepare for sudden evils and death. 3:9-15: A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #2: 8. A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, Ecclesiastes 8 Solomon, in this chapter, comes to recommend wisdom to us as the most powerful antidote against both the temptations and vexations that arise from the vanity of the world. Chapter Contents. Week 1 - Ecclesiastes chapter 1 - There are powerful forces in this world, but even the greatest people are really very weak. There is no release from that war, God is longsuffering. That’s Ecclesiastes 6-7. He had it all, but nearing the end of his life, he equates personal accomplishments with vanity. They have authority. So, even in verse 9 we’re still talking about kings. i. 11, 12 — Life is a matter of luck or a game of chance. i. 16 ¶ When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes: [this is what this kind of quest requires]) 17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. The business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, : “The very busyness of life worries us into asking where it is taking us, and what it means, if it does mean anything. “The shining face generally speaks of favour (cf. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Chapter 3: God makes everything beautiful at the proper time. Linking the first part of V1 (Who is like the wise? The benefit and praise of wisdom . You can also try to vote people out of office. The Preacher continues with his counsel regarding how to relate to a king…. 1. He recognizes that man cannot find out the work of God in fullness; so what we see does not define what there actually is. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. b. ii. “If he be a King, then it is a solemn hazard to your soul if you come short of the least of his commandments. 10 ¶ And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. This also is vanity. Now, the Preacher talks more about wisdom…. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Solomon, in this chapter, comes to recommend wisdom to us as the most powerful antidote against both the temptations and vexations that arise from the vanity of the world. The Book of Ecclesiastes is an essay on the topic "Is life worthwhile?" Now, earlier in the book, we were led to consider that one of God’s works is humbling men through death. Now, in verses 6 through 8 it seems like the Preacher starts discussing something totally different from what he’s just been saying. (1-5) To prepare for sudden evils and death. Required fields are marked *. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NASB) There is an appointed time for everything. Remember that one treason makes a traitor; one leak sinks a ship; one fly spoils the whole box of ointment. Solomon wrote it late in his life, approximately 935 B.C. This appears to have been done to, Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, “What are you doing”, : This is a reason why it is wise to obey a king. They were despotic; they still are so.” (Clarke). Second, look at verse 9. a. He considers the various ends or goals for which people live and finds that each of these reasons brings only vanity and frustration: "Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was … And so he wants to explore that thought a little more in verses 10 through 13…. of God in fullness; so what we see does not define what there actually is. God’s work is unsearchable. (9-13) Mysteries of Providence. 5 One who obeys the command will come to no harm; the heart of the sage knows the right moment and verdict,. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful: Good will come to those who obey and honor the king. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Even if you’re wise. He that bought us with his blood deserves to be obeyed in all things with all our heart, and mind, and soul, and strength.” (Spurgeon). But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God. So, the misery is great upon whom? So, enjoy the good things that God has given, submit to his sovereignty in your life, value difficult things over pleasant things, remember these contradictions to the law of retribution, and deal wisely with the unjust. But we have two reasons that would lead us to think that verses 2 through 9 are one section. Relate skillfully to your king. 10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried —those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise [] in the city where they did this. This also speaks of the hardened response many make to the mercy and forbearance of God toward them. You can check these in your browser security settings. He wishes this were true but cannot have confidence that it is while clinging to his under the sun premise. You won’t get all of it. ii. "This is a religious duty, corresponding to Romans 13:5." Commendations of wisdom. That’s called “going AWOL”. (1-8) A time for every purpose. , but certainly not perfectly; and not all are wise. Who is like a wise man? 9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. And we’ll read the last verse that draws our attention to our duty to obey our authority…. They’re bad to their subjects. And who knows the interpretation of a thing? And yet, the Preacher isn’t fooled about the sinner’s position in the sight of God…. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Solomon wrote it late in his life, approximately 935 B.C. : If wicked men are often not punished after death, they also are often not punished in this life. He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful; Here it speaks of the wise man who is visibly gracious in his demeanour, and (as the next phrase says) whose gentleness is obvious in his facial expression.” (Eaton), Keep the king’s commandment for the sake of your oath to God. 1. He will not be able to find it: “His conclusion is that we must be content not to know everything. “This may be spoken of rulers generally, who, instead of feeding, fleece the flock; tyrants and oppressors, who come to an untimely end by their mismanagement of the offices of the state. Ecclesiastes 8 – Wisdom and Mystery A. Certain things are too powerful for humans to try to control: the command of the king, the wind or "breath of life," and the day when death will come. Sometimes sentences against evil are not executed swiftly – or even at all! This appears to have been done to David, 2 Samuel 5:1-3; to Joash, 2 Kings 11:17; and to Solomon, 1 Chronicles 29:24.” (Clarke). Do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him.”, Where the word of a king is, there is power; But it will not be well with the wicked: In context, we can suppose that the Preacher said this as a hope or a wish, rather than with real confidence. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. There’s discharge after a war. So, there’s some connection between verse 5 and verse 6. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Commendations of wisdom. Though the misery of man increases greatly. Summary of Ecclesiastes 6-7. I said that this also is vanity. Linking the first part of V1 (Who is like the wise? The wicked are buried and forgotten. It’s marvelous. As a result, we need a summary of the many high points of instruction within it before moving into Ecclesiastes 8. Eat, drink, be happy. Under the sun, he saw that death allows no winners, and there is no release from that war. All these things relate to Asiatic despots, and have ever been more applicable to them than to any other sovereigns in the world. And Romans 13 tells us that this authority actually comes from God. 1. So, in this world it might appear that sinners are on top and the righteous are the losers. 7 who does not know what the outcome will be, no one is going to say how things will turn out. And a big emphasis in these three verses is helplessness. Their power – though sometimes held unrighteously – makes it unwise to fail to, He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful. 8 A man's wisdom makes his face shine. Here is, I. And the crowning emptiness to that situation is the fact that this man is forgotten in his city after he dies. [1] Along with Ecclesiastes 11, and a few verses out of Ecclesiastes 10, we have here Solomon's conclusion.He had found his way out of the doubts and perplexities that for a time had confused him; and here (in these passages) he thunders the great doctrinal … That’s Ecclesiastes 6-7. I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. Here’s vanity or emptiness or meaninglessness – a wicked man who comes and goes from the Temple – “the place of the holy” – and then he dies and is buried. 5 Whoso keepeth the [king’s] commandment shall feel [know/experience] no evil thing [trouble]: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. Man is miserable, and death is certain. Wisdom can soften up your face, make you more easy-going, and give your appearance a nice healthy glow. There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. (14-17) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 8:1-5 (Read Ecclesiastes 8:1-5) We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. It’s possible that this was referring to an oath that the citizens of a kingdom would make regarding obeying the king during his coronation. Next, the Preacher counsels us regarding our relating to kings and authorities (vv2-9)…. Primarily, we honor government authority for the sake of our oath to God. That rebellion won’t deliver you from the wrathful king whom you’ve disobeyed. “Man’s godless ingratitude is as deep a mystery as is God’s loving patience. RELATE SKILLFULLY TO YOUR KING . We do this primarily not to honor the king or government authority (though this is part of our obligation). You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Why goodness is shown to the undeserving is a question that looks to the remarkable mercy of God. There may be discharge before a war – like when Gideon let go all those who were scared and who didn’t drink water in a certain way. v. 1 — One night on the town means a lifetime in the darkness of disease or death. But ultimately, if the person is in office and the law is the law, then you better obey it because the government does whatever it will and no one can say “what are you doing?” to them because they have power. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. You’ll be prudent about this if you’re wise. It is strange that, with such constant failure of His love to win, God should still persevere in it.” (Maclaren). The book of Ecclesiastes contains Proverbs, maxims, sayings, and is largely an autobiographical story. Do not be hasty to go from his presence. Some particular instances of … (1-4) Wisdom in obeying and honoring the king. And yet, the effect is the same. Including, putting down rebelions. No one can fully comprehend God. And yet, he’s not unrealistic about the character of some kings. VERSE 1. Who is like the wise man? But during a war? Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. (1-4) Wisdom in obeying and honoring the king. We just considered God’s works and how they’re ultimately unsearchable. And that’s where the Preacher ends his consideration of relating to a king in verse 9…. II. i. Ecclesiastes - a 12 week study guide. It shouldn’t happen. So, what a man possesses on the inside – wisdom – will affect how he appears on the outside, particularly on his face. e. All this I have seen… there is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt: The Preacher knew that part of man’s misery on this earth was to be ruled by others oppressively. And this seems strange – since he’s discerning enough to be able to deal rightly with a king. Ecclesiastes 8 Solomon, in this chapter, comes to recommend wisdom to us as the most powerful antidote against both the temptations and vexations that arise from the vanity of the world. We have Congress or a Legislative Branch. In a New Covenant context, we do it as part of our obedience to God. Commendations of wisdom. 14 ¶ There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked [they get what the wicked deserve]; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. . For he does not know what will happen; 6 for there is a right moment and verdict for everything; but misfortune lies heavy upon anyone. Who is like a wise man: Solomon searched for a wise man, who knew the interpretation of a thing. If you don’t follow the Preacher’s advice and obey the king, then remember that you don’t have power over the day of your death – which is what you’re going to experience from your enraged king for your disobedience. But it will not be well with the wicked, : In context, we can suppose that the Preacher said this as a hope or a wish, rather than with real confidence. As we enter this Ecclesiastes 8 summary article, we remember that chapter 7 ended with considering our need of wisdom in dealing with the unjust. 14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. Ecclesiastes 8 – Wisdom and Mystery A. And that’s where our system of government is a little different. “This may be spoken of rulers generally, who, instead of, ; tyrants and oppressors, who come to an untimely end by their mismanagement of the offices of the state. Chapter Contents. 3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not [don’t join] in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. : Wisdom knows what Solomon first poetically explained in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – that there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven. The Theology of Ecclesiastes - Excerpt... Summary - “Because man’s existence is perforated with puzzles, ... Introduction: In chapter 8 Solomon continues his theme on wisdom. A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. Allow me to shed some light on three arenas: authority, agony and academics. Yet one must say that it sounds self-serving coming from Solomon, who was a king himself. Remember – he already considered that wickedness can’t deliver people who are given to it. All this I have seen… there is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt. Chapter 9 Chapter 10. The spirit or soul goes to God (see Ecclesiastes 12:7). And recognize that God gives you these things and fear him. (9-13) Mysteries of Providence. And who knows the interpretation of a thing? 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me() 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish() Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my … And we’re a Democratic Republic. You can also change some of your preferences. God and time. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. For he does not know what will happen: The Preacher understood that for every matter there is a time and judgment; but he also knew that we don’t know what those times are. Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Enjoy your work – whatever it is you do. (6-8) It shall be well with the righteous, and ill with the wicked. Well, who is a wise man? 9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. Or maybe it’s saying that the king himself made an oath to God concerning his duties while in office. Why goodness is shown to the undeserving is a question that looks to the remarkable mercy of God. Going out of the king’s sight hastily and joining yourself to an evil thing are probably both referring to abandoning your allegiance to the king to go join a rebellion against him. “The highest wisdom is submission to things as they are… Yet in doing all this there will abide in the heart the recognition of abounding injustice.” (Morgan). (6-8) It shall be well with the righteous, and ill with the wicked. 3:16-22: A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life. : With the meaninglessness of life so plain to the Preacher, all he could counsel was to make the best of a bad situation and enjoy life the best way possible. There’s no discharge in a war. Ecclesiastes keeps saying to take delight in eating and drinking, to be merry and find work that you can do comfortably and happily. And wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it. I say, “Keep the king’s commandment for the sake of your oath to God. Your email address will not be published. c. Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, “What are you doing”: This is a reason why it is wise to obey a king. Keith Simons. in some way. (14-17) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 8:1-5 (Read Ecclesiastes 8:1-5) Ch.9- Solomon believes in enjoying life as God's gift. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. Chapter 11 Chapter 12. 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. 3. Solomon does not expand on each element significantly but provides enough thought-provoking commentary to trigger our interest so we grasp that this is important to God and to our lives in glorifying Him. So, I think verses 6 through 8 are related to the broader discussion about kings and how to relate to them. 7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? I saw the wicked buried… they were forgotten in the city where they had so done, die, and their evil is soon forgotten instead of being memorialized in infamy. 3:1-8: A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #1: 7. c. I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. 6 Because to every purpose [pleasure] there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And just like that, there’s no way of being released from anything by wickedness. All this added to the sense of life’s meaninglessness for Solomon. Kings are to be greatly respected. Ecclesiastes 5:20 "For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth [him] in the joy of his heart." But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Ironically, the writer answers this question in the negative. Then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: Here Solomon begins to undermine his once-so-certain premise of life lived without an eternal perspective. The court process should be speedy. Solomon knew that wisdom makes a man happier, even in an, makes his face shine… the sternness of his face is changed, Numbers 6:25). Ecclesiastes stresses obedience to the king. Because for every matter there is a time and judgment: Wisdom knows what Solomon first poetically explained in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - that there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven. a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine [illumines him/brightens his appearance], and the boldness of his face shall be changed [causes his stern (strong) face to beam/softens his harsh countenance]. How to have a worthwhile life. Though the misery of man increases greatly. our need of wisdom in dealing with the unjust, Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary Summary Meaning Explained. 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