What does this verse really mean? So, now that we’ve laid some groundwork, let’s go a little bit deeper with this section. New Testament. We read, for instance, "There is a time to weep and a time to laugh" (Verse 4). Try to plant a crop in the middle of winter when snow is on the ground and it will not grow. We want everything to be smooth and pleasant. In the sovereign wisdom of God we cannot solve all mysteries. There is "a time to keep silence, and a time to speak," (Ecclesiastes 3:7b RSV). Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. Doctors tell us that every seven years all the cells in our bodies die. There are times when we ought to speak, when something we are keeping secret would deliver someone or bring truth into a situation; a time to speak up. But there is a time when war is absolutely the wrong thing, when no provocation should be allowed to start one because war can explode into violence far beyond anything demanded by a particular situation. And enjoy the good of all his labour.] If you look carefully you will see that these eight opening verses gather around three major divisions which correspond, amazingly enough, to the divisions of our humanity: body, soul, and spirit. Have you found life to be like that? Chapter 3 seemingly deviates from the theme of the previous chapters, but the deviation is purposeful. Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The book that we know as Ecclesiastes is known in the Hebrew Scriptures as Qoheleth (sometimes spelled Qohelet or Koheleth). Youth is the time for building up. [Psalms 37:3]. This fear is not abject terror of God, it is respect and honor for him. Though we die like beasts, the spirit of man goes upward while the spirit of the beast goes downward. Look, with me, at the following Scripture. “But also that he should eat and drink, and see good in all his labour, is for every man a gift of God.” The inverted and yet anacoluthistic formation of the sentence is quite like that at Ecclesiastes 5:18. There is a time when we need to embrace others, to show our support for them. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 (Read Ecclesiastes 3:16-22) Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that aside, and judges will not use their power well. The first four pairs deal with the body: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 RSV), Notice how truly those apply to the physical life. from מתּנת ) is here used, as at Ecclesiastes 5:18. Click for Gallery. The answer, of course, is that only God can help us to understand what lies beyond life. They do something for you that you desperately need. There is an appropriate time for everything. Revelation 2:6 "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." I point out that all of this is God's wonderful plan for your life. Even our enemies are a blessing. (Ecclesiastes 3:21 RSV), That really should not be a question, as it is stated here in this text. (Ecclesiastes 3:10 RSV). It begins by pairing birth and death as the boundaries of life, "under the sun.". 3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? Our problem is that we have such a shallow concept of things. No thought is worth thinking   that is not the thought of God. We should not fight it. Instead of מיּד the word מתּת (abbrev. First, I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; (Ecclesiastes 3:12 RSV). There is a rhythm to life which even secular writers recognize. All through the Bible we read that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10). Ecclesiastes 3:11 : Ecclesiastes 3:13 >> Ecclesiastes 3:1-22. Rather, it is viewed as an assignment from God, a way to handle the temporary nature of this physical life. I was at a funeral once, and the leader asked all present to stand upon their feet. King Solomon is named as the author according to Jewish tradition. A plaque on my bedroom wall which I read every morning says. God may correct it even within time, and if he does not do so "in time," still he has appointed a time when it all will be brought out. Ron Ritchie won a kind of immortality for himself at Dallas Theological Seminary when, on the day of graduation, that most solemn occasion in educational life, he walked down the aisle, dressed in his sombre graduation robe, holding a coffee cup in his hand. Return Policy. We now have come to the third chapter, which describes the combination of opposites in our experience. That enjoyment will not come from a variety of experiences. I have to come with hat in hand and say, "Lord, I' m a slow learner. 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. The Searcher takes this up, Verse 16: Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. The fear of the Lord: Ecc 2:25 3:13-14 5:7, 20 8:12 12:13-14 The fear of the Lord principle links the purpose of Ecclesiastes to the overall purpose of the other wisdom book s. … The problem, of course, is that it is not our plan for our life. But nobody remembered that poor man. God wants it so. Ecclesiastes The Song of Songs Wisdom Ecclesiasticus / Sirach Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Baruch Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel. . ", 18 I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. There is "a time to love, and a time to hate," (Ecclesiastes 3:8a RSV). He gives strength to labour, and health to enjoy the good of our labour. I received a letter from a businessman friend of mine in Dallas, a very thoughtful man, giving me his thinking along this line. December 15 th, 2013. Should eat — Use what God hath given him. We define our position partly by theirs, as light is the opposite of darkness, of course. As they that do shall enjoy the good of all their labour, eat the labour of their hands, and be thrice happy. (Ecclesiastes 3:13 RSV) Underline the words, "take pleasure." Life is seasonal. Let us hear the conclusion, &c. — The sum of all that hath been said or written by wise men. Ecclesiastes, like Proverbs, is classified as a Wisdom book. 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians. Have patience with me." Man has his appointed cycle of seasons and vicissitudes, as the sun, wind, and water ( Ecclesiastes 1:5-7). All along, the Searcher, the author of this book, is saying that God desires to bring joy into human experience. No animal is restless and dissatisfied when its physical needs have been met. Ecclesiastes 9:13-18. Man is frail, his existence temporary. This is an expression in the book which takes us "above the sun". We ought to remember this as we consider some of the issues before us today. But there is a time when we ought to refuse to embrace them, when our support would be misunderstood and would be tantamount to complicity with something evil. But God will not allow us to take his place and be in charge. 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. $19.99 Ex Tax: $19.99. Product Code: ecclesiastes_3_13 Availability: In Stock. He entered into it and even provided part of the feast. (Ecclesiastes 3:17 RSV). He continues: I have added another: Enemies. Injustice stems from our beastliness, and God's plan for life will uncover it. There is a big difference between selfishly trying to squeeze all the fun out of each moment in life----and appreciating each moment in life. The first verse ascribes authorship to Qoheleth, “the son of David”—leading many to presume that he is Solomon, who wrote the preceding book, Proverbs. God knows that people who are protected from everything almost invariably end up being impossible to live with; they are selfish, cruel, vicious, shallow, unprincipled. The Searcher tells us that he too had to learn this. That is true. The "also" implies, not only is it God's gift that any man's sufferings are removed or averted, but also that in suffering, present or feared, he should be cheerful. With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not. That is the Searcher's thesis. We cannot know all the answers to all the conundrums and enigmas of life. 16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there. Many people think Ecclesiastes is a book of gloom and pessimism because, on the level of the writer's limitations -- which, he says, are, "under the sun," i.e., the visible things of life -- his findings are gloomy and pessimistic. There are values and standards which must never be surrendered, while there are other times when we need to throw away things -- clean out the attic, the garage, throw away the old clothes, etc. But, resting in the father's arms, he is quite content to let those enigmas unfold as he grows, trusting in the wisdom of his father. 13. All these things follow closely, and they are all appropriate. October 11, 2016 ... "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Wisdom To Endure Life's Vanities - II (10:1-11:8) by Mark Copeland "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Wisdom To Endure Life's Vanities - II (10:1-11:8) INTRODUCTION 1. 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. True enjoyment is the gift of God, it is what God wants. That is what the Searcher finds that man cannot produce. Jumping into the deep water first, I suggest they can provide meaning, much as the poor do for Mother Theresa. These are not curses and obstacles; they are God's blessings, deliberately provided by him. No breath is worth breathing   without thanks to the One   whose very breath it is. No sight is worth seeing   unless it is seen through his eyes. Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:4 RSV). (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 RSV). Description Reviews (0) Installation Returns FAQ. RayStedman.org/permissions. In other words, there is a beastly quality about all of us which injustice will bring out. There is "a time to keep and a time to cast away," (Ecclesiastes 3:6b RSV). (Ecclesiastes 3:15 RSV), A better translation of that last phrase is, "God brings back what has already passed away.". Our heart is as little in our own power as is our destiny. Reflections is based on my personal devotional journals from a daily practice of reading through the Bible chapter by chapter. 1 Timothy 2 … — Nearly a repetition of the previous verse. Man’s Work Revisited. The secret is that it is the knowledge of God in that relationship that produces enjoyment. The book, Passages, speaks of the various experiences we pass through as we grow through life. They all have the same breath and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. It should read this way: "Who knows that the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth.". Man has his appointed cycle of seasons and vicissitudes, as the sun, wind, and water (Ecclesiastes 1:5-7). You don't have to bring this one back again." Only the believer can really see that there was "good" (true and lasting) in what he accomplished (Eph. There is something beyond, something more he is crying out for. He was not handed a beautiful life with everything pleasant and delightful, free from struggle and pain. Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi. Chapter 3 seemingly deviates from the theme of the previous chapters, but the deviation is purposeful. There is an appropriate time for everything, the unpleasant as well as pleasant experiences. Even if such things are satisfying for a time, death is certain to end this satisfaction. He looked back and saw the futility (“vanity”) of chasing after even the good things this life can offer, including wisdom, work, pleasure, and wealth. God says, "I understand. After the words just quoted Luther remarks further: "but that is just the art to be acquired: that we are able to do it at all is the gift of God. That is why the exhortation of Scripture is always that we must trust the revelation of a Father's wisdom in areas we cannot understand. There is a time to break things down, and a time to build them up again. If you get it out of synch you are in trouble. There is a beastliness about us all. This is not merely a description of what happens in life, it is a description of what God sends. Things in themselves give a momentary, not lasting, pleasure. It is so interesting that the Jewish historian and sociologist Hart puts this command as the greatest difference between Christianity and all other world religions. Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God. 9 What does the worker gain from his toil? St. Augustine said, "Thou has made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they learn to rest in Thee." Many of us are familiar with Bill Bright' s Four Spiritual Laws, the first of which is, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." He gives peace and plenty; and still more, the grace to use these things, so as to obtain heaven. — 1 Timothy 6:17 The question to be answered is. . All domestic orders. Ecclesiastes 3. Verse 9: What gain has the worker from his toil? Like the animals, we do not have very long to live on this earth. All rights reserved. Verses 9-22 In Detail. Things in themselves give a momentary, not lasting, pleasure. Everything is appropriate and helpful to us, what appears to be the negative as well as the positive. There is "a time to kill, and a time to heal." Jesus attended the celebration of the wedding at Cana of Galilee. Hate is a word I do not like, but God says there is a time to hate. There is "a time to love," when it is right that we should extend our love to somebody who is hurting, someone who is feeling dejected or rejected, lonely or weak. : and (= but) also (= notwithstanding that), as at Ecclesiastes 6:7, Nehemiah 5:8, cf. Just last week I was a witness in a case in which a man's business was being destroyed by legal maneuverers. That is what this is telling us. (a) This the rich fool in the gospel either knew not or considered not. We are growing in our knowledge, but we discover that the more we know the more we know we do not know. When tyranny rides roughshod over the rights of men there is a time when a nation properly makes war. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. There is "a time to break down, and a time to build up." Pick and choose and create your own based on the needs of your group. I have learned some lessons in life and said, "Lord, I see what you are after. But there will be times too when it is right to laugh, to be happy and carefree. This is taught us through many repetitions. Solomon thus teaches us, firstly, what we shall do, and secondly, where we are to get the ability to be thus minded and thus to act: that is, he teaches us, that we with our own thoughts, anxieties and cares, can make nothing better or other than it is: our part is to pray with all earnestness, and call upon God that He may deliver us from sadness and useless cares, and give us a calm and believing heart.". But our bodies do not die. The greatest experiment ever performed in the history of mankind to test the various approaches to success, enjoyment or contentment in life is recorded in this 3,000 year old book. The subst. He resolved that if he ever got a chance to smash slavery he would do so. Then, if you hang on long enough as I have and you reach that 65th milestone, there is a time when everything starts to fall apart -- "a time to break down." I myself, says Solomon, can teach and tell this to others, but I can give it neither to myself nor to others: the heart capable of doing this, God alone can bestow. In a fallen world it is right that there will be times of hurt, of sorrow and weeping. Injustice is limited in its scope. Everyone knew this was unjust, but because of certain legalities no one could get hold of the matter to correct it. Ver. 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain. "They that will not labour must not eat," [2 Thessalonians 3:10] saith the apostle. But that is not the message of the book. 17 I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed. 19 Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. There is "a time to seek [work, marriage, new friends], and a time to lose," (Ecclesiastes 3:6a RSV). 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. They have a very important place in our lives. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. hath power or a heart to use what God hath given him, as it is expressed, Ecclesiastes 6:2. What is "left over" to provide a permanent sense of satisfaction after the momentary pleasure is extracted from some pleasurable experience? God has sovereignly, independently, set up the plan of life in a way that we cannot interfere with. God delights in human enjoyment. First, I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work. Jeremiah 3:10, where gam is strengthened by becol - zoth . But, with right, Ginsburg remarks that nowhere else - neither at Ecclesiastes 2:24, nor Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 5:17; Ecclesiastes 8:15; Ecclesiastes 9:7 - is this moral rendering given to the ultimatum; also טוב ור, 13 a, presupposes for לע טוב a eudemonistic sense. “The last phrase reads literally: ‘For this is the whole of the man.’ Elsewhere in Ecclesiastes, however, the ‘whole of the man’ is a Hebrew idiom for ‘every man’ (cf Ecc 3:13; 5:19). Put a man in that position and pretty soon he will feel a sense of restlessness. God chose them for us. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. (Calmet), "moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor-it is the gift of God.". We are not in the grasp of the Great Cosmic Joykiller, as many people seem to view God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? He is planting a seed for further, wider, and greater understanding, a true foundation to build on. What you are now is not what you were seven years ago, yet you are the same. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV) My Experience With This Text When I first studied the book of Ecclesiastes seriously (but apparently slowly and gradually and with some struggle), I remember my first impression about this passage was: this means that things here on earth do not happen, except at the right, divinely ordained time or season. In Ecclesiastes 3:13 Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That is true even of Christians. What a foolish statement! This command is like a spiritual thermometer stuck into the depths of our feverish little souls. Though circumstances bring us pain as well as pleasure, it is his choice for us. An assignment from the hand of God, it is something done to us, from! View that is not the case not merely sex that is a time give. 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