ecclesiastes 10 4b nkjv

Paul echoed, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18 Romans 12:18If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.American King James Version×). For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. Moving on to the next segment, how exactly the proverbs of verses 8-15 are meant to fit in context is not completely clear. Psalm 15 - [[A Psalm of David.]] And He urged being compliant in cases of maltreatment by authorities—to “turn the other cheek” (see verse 39). 1-2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11-12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16-17 Day 18 Day 19-20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23-24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27-28 Day Looking for the ideal Ecclesiastes Gifts? (It should be noted that this is not speaking of mystical enchantment but a method of holding a snake’s focus—mostly through movements.) The next two verses in Ecclesiastes 10, verses 16-17, concern two divergent national destinies—woe or blessing—based on the kind of rulers a land has. So verses 8-15, in between, may have been placed here to further highlight why this inaptness is a problem—that wisdom, with the strategies and cautions it provides, is required in various endeavors that leaders need to engage in (and thus having unwise people in managerial roles is dangerous and inefficient). This might seem a bit disjointed, but remember that the verses here are a series of poetic proverbs that could stand alone—placed together but without any narrative explanation. This is not to say there would not come a point to necessarily flee the situation. However, these renderings leave out the conditional “if” at the beginning and the term “master of the tongue”—which seems opposite to a babbler or unbridled tongue. Ecclesiastes 10. The words of Ecclesiastes 10:4 Ecclesiastes 10:4If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses.American King James Version×are good counsel not just for the courtiers of a king—but for all of us in dealing with various relationships—with civil authority, with a boss at work, with parents, with one’s spouse. In verse 10 we see the need for wisdom in working smarter, not just harder—which is necessary for leaders in directing the work of others, and for all of us individually in whatever it is we need to accomplish. a. The “strength” sought in proper feasting in verse 17 includes bodily nourishment but also the promotion of a strong nation through healthy leaders and proper provision for others as well as elevated camaraderie and morale and connectedness within and with allies. Recognizing the propriety of princes serving in high positions is not an argument for nepotism—exalting people mainly because they are family or friends—as that can result in the very problem lamented of those in leadership positions being out of their depth or even bad people. And the book earlier warned against being quick to get angry as foolish (Ecclesiastes 7:9 Ecclesiastes 7:9Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.American King James Version×). And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall: he spoke also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. Note on John 9:14), then this work must have come near the close of the day. Indeed, it’s surely no coincidence that laziness and idleness are condemned immediately after in verse 18. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city! This terminology would not designate a snake charmer but just someone who is able to speak well—and who is being analogized here to a snake charmer. Other times we need to act before it is too late. Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. This seems to denote an inexperienced or immature ruler with other subordinate leaders who are immature in self indulgence. It doesn’t mean you can’t think in your thoughts that a ruler is an awful person. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written, You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people. Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools. Proverbs 20 – Wisdom, Weights, and Wickedness Proverbs 20:1. The course of wisdom is to not take the chance of putting oneself in jeopardy this way. Ovid, the famous Roman poet, is reported to have said, ‘At times it is folly to hasten, at other times, to delay. 3 Remind them () to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, () to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: SONG OF SOLOMON 1:4b 4b "We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. Discussions are endless surrounding the origin of our majestic cosmos—the mind boggling microscopic world of bacteria, all the way to the wonder of animal life, and of course, human life. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his crown” (verses 14-16; compare Ecclesiastes 9:15 Ecclesiastes 9:15Now 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.American King James Version×; Ecclesiastes 35:7 Ecclesiastes 35:7American King James Version×). Participation in winebibbing and gluttony is of course wrong (Proverbs 23:20 Proverbs 23:20Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:American King James Version×). Expositor’s states: “We should rather take an objective look at ourselves, and maybe we will find that we should apologize. The king in verse 17 who brings blessing to the land is not led around by self-serving lower officials. While the verse doesn’t carry all these various meanings, of course, they all seem plausible as they represent true ideas in any case. This is a picture of society turned upside down—not in the sense of societal justice, with rulers and aristocrats getting just desserts for abuses of power, but in a bad way of unqualified people being promoted while qualified people are rejected or ignored. Gen 4:11. In any event, those under the influence of such leaders get no benefit from them” (note on verse 16). Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. [5] As you know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so you know not the works of God who makes all. 13:44 what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Or perhaps these intervening verses concern how we as individuals react to the inequity of inappropriate leadership—pointing out that we ourselves need to be very careful, not doing things that would add to our difficulties or bring us harm (fitting with the inclusio theme beginning in verse 4 and ending in verse 20 about dealing cautiously with rulers). Come check out our giant selection of T-Shirts, Mugs, Tote Bags, Stickers and More. If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses. Recall that Ecclesiastes 8:2-9 Ecclesiastes 8:2-9 [2] I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. Enduring Word presents free Bible resources from David Guzik, including his written commentary on the Bible. © 1995–2021 All correspondence and questions should be sent to [email protected] 10 As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. If we are right in placing the whole section from John 7:37 to John 10:21 on the same great day of the Feast (comp. He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. Verse 20 apparently ends the inclusio beginning in verse 4 concerning dealing with ruling authorities. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness. And this would tie in to verse 18 quite well, as it’s not just idleness that causes the house to decay, but resources going to feasting instead of being used to meet vital needs. 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. According to the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, the Hebrew na‘ar, translated “child,” here “refers not to age but to general maturity. For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it. However, other commentators understand Ecclesiastes 10:8 Ecclesiastes 10:8He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.American King James Version×in the context of verse 9, which points out the danger of different kinds of labor generally—here giving examples involving stones and wood. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Some commentators take the digging of a pit and breaking through a wall in verse 8 as doing something against other people—laying a trap or breaking into a home or establishment—and having this backfire (falling into the pit or getting bitten by a snake). We see an even closer parallel to Ecclesiastes 10:8 Ecclesiastes 10:8He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.American King James Version×in Proverbs 26:27 Proverbs 26:27Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.American King James Version×: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.” This is likewise often taken to refer to acting against others. In 1 Kings 3:7 1 Kings 3:7And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.American King James Version×Solomon considers himself ‘a child’ and recognizes his immaturity as a disadvantage to be remedied only by God-given wisdom” (Eaton, note on verse 16). Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Continue in a diligent and faithful discharge of thy duty, as becomes a … Still, both reflect a common way of describing a world gone wrong [or in disarray]” (note on Ecclesiastes 10:7 Ecclesiastes 10:7I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking as servants on the earth.American King James Version×). Salem Media Group. Withdraw not thyself rashly and hastily from his presence and service: see on Ecclesiastes 8:3. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV) Scientists and philosophers have perpetually puzzled over the origin and meaning of the created order, the space-time universe. But, as already pointed out, these are a series of possibly standalone proverbs that have been placed together. Ecclesiastes 10:4 Ecclesiastes 10:4If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses.American King James Version×now concerns what to do when there is some point of offense. The word typically translated “quarrying” in verse 9 could indeed mean quarrying, although it might mean merely uprooting or removing—as a farmer clearing stones from his field, and injuries could result from that as well as from quarrying work (NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, note on verse 9). .they" It is very difficult to identify this group(s). A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”. The Ferrar Fenton Translation renders the verse similarly: “The serpent stings without a charme, and an unbridled tongue is the same”—the problem being uncontrolled speech. Letting down, not remaining vigilant and diligent, will result in the breakdown of our literal homes as well as our households or families and our lives in general. Graces of the Heirs of Grace. It’s better to stay calm, remaining committed to the relationship unless it becomes an unbearable situation (though of course that could happen rather quickly depending on the circumstances). Sometimes it is important to take more time to prepare. He tends to speak rashly (Prov[erbs] 12:18) and to say too much. It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. Ecclesiastes 5:10 - KJV. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Come check out our giant selection of T-Shirts, Mugs, Tote Bags, Stickers and More. Yet there are a few other ways to view verse 19 that make sense in context. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. Another error that the fool makes is that he thinks he can figure out the future” (Moore, note on Ecclesiastes 10:14 Ecclesiastes 10:14A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?American King James Version×). The wise counselor, however, knows that he cannot predict the future (v. 14b,c) and thus tempers his remarks with restraint and humility” (NAC, note on verses 12-15). Expositor’s comments that a meaning of servant or slave for the king in verse 16 would “indicate that the king is someone who has suddenly come to the top by others and who keeps his power by letting his deputies do what they want,” while a meaning of child or lad would “indicate that the real power is that of the deputies. 4 f In him was life, 1 and g the life was the light of men. But what exactly does it mean? It could in Ecclesiastes 10:16 Ecclesiastes 10:16Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!American King James Version×refer to “a king who acts like a child” (Tommy Nelson, p. 168). The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh. The NKJV's designation of the chorus as "The Daughters of Jerusalem" is taken from that label as explicitly found in the Song's lyrics. Sign up for the Verse of the Day. The power of spiritual illumination. In a fine note of sarcasm, this proverb says that a person may be so involved in arguing about the universe [or lofty matters] that he misses what the ordinary person is concerned about, namely, finding the way home” (Wright, note on Ecclesiastes 10:15 Ecclesiastes 10:15The labor of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he knows not how to go to the city.American King James Version×). Speaking evil of rulers, even bad ones, can promote personal arrogance and hardening against authority in general, and it leads eventually to further societal breakdown, as others are influenced to despise and disregard not just the occupants of offices but the offices themselves and even the nation’s laws. Or perhaps, as the Preaching the Word commentary contends (pp. The King James Version presents the serpent biting in verse 11 of Ecclesiastes 10, but instead of saying there is no good for a charmer in that, it says “the babbler is no better”—the latter word “better” being used instead of “profit” or “advantage” in the other interpretation. All rights reserved. Ecclesiastes 5:10 - ESV. The Hebrew word here just means “iron,” as in the earlier King James Version. The Holman Old Testament Commentary agrees, stating: “Although verse 19 is somewhat enigmatic, it does seem to point to the fact that the fool believes that earthly things are the way to achieve the good life” (Moore, note on verses 16-20). Read verse in New King James Version Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. And beyond the enclosing verses about leadership problems, verses 8-15 also appear to illustrate the main subject of the current subsection of the book—living boldly with wisdom and diligence. This chapter marks a decisive change in the book in that it not only becomes much more positive than it has been preceding this, but it also becomes more exhortive. How much worse to take their counsel in affairs of state” (note on verses 12-15). It is better to hold one’s tongue and wait for the best time to speak. Send inquiries regarding the operation of this Web site to [email protected] The Law of Light. A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things. The Law of Light. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron H1270 be blunt H6949 , and he do not whet H7043 the edge, H6440 then must he put H1396 to more strength: H2428 but wisdom H2451 is … ? California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Galatians 2:2 Psalms 45:4 Ecclesiastes 10:15. Read more Share Copy Show footnotes A service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. ], and the Hittite Tale of Elkuhirsa [before Solomon’s time]. the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. “The proverb of v[erse] 18 can obviously apply equally well to the administration of the whole state and the private economy of one’s household” (NAC, note on verses 18-20). 10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her. And knowing that no man can truly tame the tongue, we should all pray as David did, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalms 141:3 Psalms 141:3Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.American King James Version×). The master of the tongue here is often taken to be the one whispering—a snake charmer. Song of Songs 3 All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. Preview. This is in line with God’s law, which states, “You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people” (Exodus 22:28 Exodus 22:28You shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people.American King James Version×; compare Acts 23:5 Acts 23:5Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written, You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people.American King James Version×). It seems to say that whatever it is they have to do wearies them because they don’t know how to go about it—not even the simplest thing like going to town. American King James Version×will tell us as much. Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. And not only are the deplorable leaders of verse 16 taking advantage of the nation’s wealth, it seems they are appallingly flaunting their ability to do so. So the proverb of verse 20 again gives the wise course to follow—don’t succumb to the temptation to do that. This lectionary is followed by many churches across the globe including Anglican, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed and many more.Read more about the RCL at Vanderbilt.edu and CommonTexts.org.. Click on "Find Related Songs" to search for worship songs for a given service. And this would be a direct contrast to the blessing in verse 17 of having a king who is the son of “nobles” or, literally, of “freemen” (YLT). 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