The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he will set over it one that is … [4] Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you? Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. A literal rendering would be something like: “If the snake bites without whispering [or being charmed], there’s no profit for a master of the tongue” (compare Young’s Literal Translation, Green’s Literal Translation and Interlinear, Strong’s and Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicons). Where verse 12 says that a wise man’s words are gracious, this could also be translated to say that they bring grace or favor on the wise man himself—in contrast to the self-destruction a fool’s words bring in the second part of the verse, his own lips swallowing him up. Think state dinners, religious festivals, national celebrations and other special occasions—not foolishly draining state resources in drunken revelry. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these?" 3 Even when a fool walks along the way, Read verse in New King James Version 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. 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. A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.American King James Version×; compare Luke 6:39 Luke 6:39And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? 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). The Law of Light. It is better to hold one’s tongue and wait for the best time to speak. 3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him , and he saith to every one that he is a fool. Ecclesiastes 5:10 - KJV. Other times we need to act before it is too late. 53:11; Jer. It’s not meant literally, although it could be based on the fact that a number of birds can mimic human speech and repeat what people say. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”. This rendering would fit with Jesus’ warning that “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14 Matthew 15:14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. [5] Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment. 249-250), the fool is worn out by work because he’s fooling around when he should be working, leaving him exhausted from guilt over lack of productivity and from realization of so much work left to do that he should have done already. Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. 10 As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. Or maybe the proverb here just means that feasting and wine make for a good time, but all this has to be paid for. The NKJV interprets the KJV in saying “the babbler is no different.” This is saying that a person just talking and talking is no better than a snake not being charmed. Consider Solomon’s father David with Saul. That is the sense in what David wrote in Psalm 7: “Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler: This is true in at least two senses.First, alcohol mocks and fights with those who abuse it in any sense. 10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV) Scientists and philosophers have perpetually puzzled over the origin and meaning of the created order, the space-time universe. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. Regarding the upset ruler here in verse 4, who is perhaps flying off the handle, it’s important to maintain composure and, if in the ruler’s service, not desert one’s post—and to be careful in responding, recognizing that “conciliation pacifies great offenses” (same verse). It’s also been suggested that the imagery here could fit with someone overhearing another and sending a written message about that by carrier pigeon. Not knowing the way could tie back to verse 3, where a fool is known for how he walks along the way. 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. 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. Both can have disastrous consequences. 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. While there are some verses in this segment of the subsection (that is, in verses 4-20) that do not seem exclusive to that topic, they could still apply to it. Yet it could be even older. Proverbs 10:1 to 22:16 - The Proverbs (wise words) of Solomon [or download in RTF format] Proverbs 22:17 to 31:31 - More Wise Lessons [or download in RTF format] Ecclesiastes: The Teacher searches for the purpose of our lives [or download in RTF format] A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes. 1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? The sun sinking to the west may have reminded them that the day … Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools. [4] He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap. Whatever the case, the image is still merely figurative of the private denigration of powerful people being eventually found out. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Certainly it’s true that we should act when needed and not dawdle or linger, and Ecclesiastes 11:3-6 Ecclesiastes 11:3-6 [3] If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall be. 18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. [9] All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man rules over another to his own hurt. 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. This can be taken to mean either that the indulgent princes get up and “party before they have done their work” (Nelson, pp. 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. All rights reserved. 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. Then serious problems with ruling officials were highlighted—being unfit for their positions and licentiously indulging in feasting and drunkenness while failing to address needs, leading to national decay and vulnerability (verses 5-7, 16-19). [6] Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great on him. This could obviously lead one to curse or speak evil of such rulers. 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). © 1995–2021 All correspondence and questions should be sent to Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In any event, those under the influence of such leaders get no benefit from them” (note on verse 16). 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. You shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called 'Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"; Koheleth or Kohelet), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BC. We have today the expression “He who hesitates is lost.” Just so, here would be someone who has taken the time to prepare in learning the skill of snake charming but doesn’t use it when needed. the generations. The course of wisdom is to not take the chance of putting oneself in jeopardy this way. Send-to-Kindle or Email . 7 But # Matt. What benefit is … — August 2018 — DATE. Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him. [9] Whoever removes stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that splits wood shall be endangered thereby. 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. 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). Solomon next interjects within his series of proverbs a relevant observation about a failing he’s witnessed in human governance (verses 5-7). A wise person knows when to be quiet (Eccl[esiastes] 3:7; Ja[me]s 1:19-20) . In parallel, Proverbs 15:28 Proverbs 15:28The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.American King James Version×says that “the heart of the righteous studies [or ponders] how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” And Proverbs 15:2 Proverbs 15:2The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.American King James Version×says, “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness” (see also Ecclesiastes 12:23 Ecclesiastes 12:23American King James Version×). It’s worth pointing out that certain Egyptian texts present the exaltation of unworthy characters as a sign that society is falling apart. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. 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