Ecclesiastes Notes 3:1-11

The Book Of Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Notes

Everything Has Its Time Verses 1-8

Verses 1-8 God has appointed the proper time for all things. Even pertaining to our wants and needs. Be patient with God, his will be done. God appoints the proper time for all in Verses 2 – 8. Also, the duration thereof. We will experience them all in proper time.

The God-Given Task verses 9-11

Verse 9 Since God appoints the times and seasons needed by man for all he does, what is man’s profit? It is none except to glorify God.

Verse 10 This sore travail(Ecclesiastes 1:13) Solomon saw the tasks God had given to men. That never brings lasting profit. After all, we all die naked as we came into the world.

Verse 11(God has made everything beautiful in its time.) All the things we see as beauty God made in its time. To everything, there is a season. (Also He has put eternity in their hearts) God has put an everlasting yearning in the hearts of man for eternity, salvation, and God. (except that no one) Though this is so, man does not know the work of God fully from creation to present.

Ecclesiastes Notes 2:14-26

Ecclesiastes 2:14-26 Notes

by Kevin Poston

14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Verse 14 Solomon seen the event of death happens to both the wise man and the fool. The wise man can see where he is going, but the fool is blind.

Verse 15 Then Solomon Earnestly thought. If the event of death happens the same to wise men and fools: He asks God the question: why was I given more wisdom? This is empty and has no meaning.

Verse 16 After his words in Verse 15 Solomon adds: Because there is no remembrance of the wise more than a fool eternally. All will be forgotten and swept away by the hands of time. Solomon Asks God another question: How is it, that a wise man dies the same as a fool?

Verse 17 So after all this Solomon hated life; because the work that is done on earth is full of grief, and all is empty, meaningless, and worrisome to the soul.

Verse 18 Now Solomon acknowledges, he hated the labor he had done on earth. Because he will leave it for an inheritance to the man after his reign.

Verse 19 Follow up to Verse 18 Solomon says: Who knows if he will be a wise man or a fool? But he will have everything I have, which I showed myself wise in receiving. This is empty and meaningless.

Verse 20 From then on Solomon was depressed and hopeless about the labor he had done on earth.

Verse 21 There is a man who uses wisdom in all he does. Also, he uses knowledge and fairness. But all he gained using these will be left to someone else for their inheritance. This Solomon says is empty and meaningless. It is Vanity of Vanities. The worst of all vanities. A great evil.

Verse 22 What does man gain from his labor, and the weariness or pain of his heart. In the labor, he has done on earth.

Verse 23 Since man’s days are full of sorrow and his labor full of sadness. His nights are restless. This is empty and meaningless.

Verse 24 There is nothing better for man except to enjoy the gifts he has on earth and enjoy his labor on earth. These are gifts from God himself.

Verse 25 Solomon Acknowledges no one could have found these things better than he did. An extremely wealthy, wise, and comfortable king.

Verse 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to the man who does good in his sight. But gives sinners laborious burdens continuously to give to the upright in God’s eyes. Also, this is empty and troublesome to the soul.

Ecclesiastes Notes 2:1-13

Ecclesiastes 2:1-13 Notes

By Kevin Poston

I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.

I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:

I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

Verse 1 Seeking diligently for happiness Solomon now tries just having a good time. But Solomon found this was vain and did not bring happiness to man.

Verse 2 Solomon had found virtually that laughter is madness. Also, that mirth does nothing for anyone.

Verse 3 Solomon gave himself to drinking wine. Yet, still holding on to wisdom, but committing folly as well. Doing this so that he may find out what was pleasurable for mankind in their lives.

Verses 4-8 Solomon was very wealthy, with at least 700 wives. The amount of gold he received yearly was 666 talents of gold per year. One talent of gold equals 34.5 kg, which converts to 1109 troy ounces. A ballpark current value of gold is $960 per ounce. Multiply that out and the King’s salary was about $760 million per year. which, after 40 years of reign adds up to 30 billion. Not to mention his assets of horses, land, etc. which adds up to amounts we couldn’t imagine.

Verse 9 Solomon points out he was great. He increased all he had more than anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem before him.

Verse 10 Solomon satisfied all his desires. He enjoyed everything possible. He also enjoyed all his labor. This was his reward for his labor.

Verse 11 After all of this, he found his work fruitless. All he had done and possessed was empty, meaningless, and worrisome to the soul. So actually there is no profit for labor done on earth.

The Vanity of Living Wisely

Verse 12 Then Solomon observed wisdom. Also, madness and folly. Who can do this better than a king? Who has the riches to do so and also anything else he may need? Even if, it had already been done before.

Verse 13 Solomon found that wisdom was better than foolishness. Even if, the pursuit of wisdom was not totally gratifying. Same as the light is better than darkness. It is the difference between being wise and able to see or be foolish and blind.

Ecclesiastes Notes 1:9-18

Ecclesiastes 1:9-18 Notes

by Kevin Poston

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

 

Verse 9 What has happened in the past, will happen now, and in the future. There is nothing truly new, just forgotten.

Verse 10 When a man presents something new to the world, it is not. It has merely been forgotten history. In some form or fashion, it has been already of old time or past ages.

Verse 11 No one fully remembers the past. Neither will there be any memory of us at the present time by future generations.

~8/8/2018 Solomon explains the eye is not satisfied with seeing and the ear is not satisfied with hearing. Therefore, nothing will be remembered. It will happen over and over. Men may even present it as new but it has already been done; just forgotten. Even as we teach history, the same things repeat themselves. War is war no matter where the battle is. Genocide is still genocide were mass murder is. Corruption is still corrupt and empires still rule. They are just called by a different name. States are still conquered but excused for humanitarianism. The example of the children of Israel is still played out today. A people begins their reign humbly.

Verses 12-13 Solomon had applied his mind to find the truth by way of wisdom. Seeking all things done here on earth. He had found God has given men a labor intense, difficult, and worrisome path in life.

Verse 14 After seeing the works of man done on earth. Solomon had found all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Which could also be translated from Hebrew to chasing the wind, striving for the wind, feedeth on the wind, or feedeth on ashes. Either way, the point is taken well that man’s endeavors are meaningless.

Verse 15 Adding more to Verse 14, Solomon makes notice that all of a man’s endeavors or inventions, cannot change the course of events. Also, anything man does can not remedy the defects or faults he has committed.

Verse 16 Solomon considered the condition of his own soul. Also, considers his great wealth. He regards that he had great wisdom and knowledge. More wisdom and wealth than all who came before him in Jerusalem.

Verse 17 Solomon had given his mind to wisdom. Also, to madness and folly. He had given himself to know all the good and bad. He has seen that this was vexation of spirit. (feeding on the wind, Striving after the wind, Feeding on ashes, Chasing the wind). Otherwise, it was vain or meaningless to do.

Verse 18 Much wisdom brings out the truth. You see man’s self-destruction, his inevitable outcome, and his imperfections. All of this is worrisome or a heavy burden and increases sorrow.

 

Ecclesiastes Notes 1:1-9

 

Ecclesiastes 1:1-9 Notes

The words of [a]the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity. What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun? One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its course, and the wind returneth again to its circuits. All the [b]rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again. [c]All things are full of weariness; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

Verse 1 The word of the preacher, he reveals the truth and God's word. The son of David, king in Jerusalem, David only had one son who ruled in Jerusalem, and that was Solomon.

Verse 2 "Vanity of Vanities; all is vanity”. This is the case not only from the brevity of life but also when compared to Eccl 12:13. When we see all truly is vanity except our duty to serve God and obey his commands "for this is the whole duty of man."

Verse 3 What profit does man get from all his labor? Putting more emphasis on laboring for God instead of for man or yourself. When nothing labored toward man or self can go to the grave with you. Laboring for God is the only thing that travels with you on the day of death.

Verse 4 Generations come and go as vapors. This is a never-ending cycle we have lived since the beginning. The earth has cycles, but its cycles renew one another. The cycle of the rain refreshes the trees, animals, and even we humans. There is a purpose for the changing seasons, particularly for trees and animals. The spring brings beauty, mating, and food. The Winter brings rest, and the Summer brings food as well. Besides bearing crops in summer. A man really has no purpose in the seasons. Only to enjoy them during their short lives. So truly, the earth abides forever.

Verse 5 Even the heavenly bodies as the sun abide forever. They also have an unending cycle, a purpose that seems never-ending. As the sun arose and set thousands of years ago, so it does also today.

Verse 6 South and North here are examples. For the wind whirls in all directions. Truly, it whirleth continually and returns to the point that it came. Another endless cycle for the earth. It is the same wind as it was in the beginning.

Verse 7 Another endless cycle of the earth, is the water cycle. All the rivers run into the sea and return again to the clouds. Then through rain return again to the rivers. The same water flows again to the sea.

Verse 8 The Hebrew dabar meaning either things or words. So we could rightfully say that the preacher here is saying, all things and words are full of labor. Neither can man ever fully understand these things. The endless cycles and the endless labor for all things and words. So, the eye is not satisfied nor the ear. Since what is seen and heard is only a repetition of the past.

Verse 9 What has happened in the past, will happen now, and in the future. There is nothing truly new, just forgotten.

Proverbs Notes 13:24

Proverbs 13:24 Notes

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

This proverb, of course, does not condone child abuse. The person who does not whip their children is asking for undisciplined children. This in effect ruins their life. They can not cope with the real world which demands discipline, (work, money management, sexmarriage, etc.) Basically, all things in life require discipline. If the child does not know it, his adult life will be disastrous. Moreover, he can not discipline his soul, so then he is also a fool. The man who has sense will discipline his child. The most fitting definition of betimes here would be occasionally. When needed, you must discipline your child. You should whip them because you love them. This being done only when it is necessary. Also, when they know why and the purpose of it being done. 

Reference: Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13-15, Proverbs 29:15, Proverbs 29:17, Hebrews 12:9, Proverbs 3:11-12, Deuteronomy 8:5-6

Proverbs Notes 13:23

Proverbs 13:23 Notes

Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

The poor, being blessed by God, has much food on their tillage (farm land). In this proverb Solomon makes a comparison. It is between the poor and those who are debt collectors. Since the first part of this proverb speaks of the poor, one can safely say Solomon speaks of debt collectors. At first reading this proverb makes little since. Yet, men who want judgement hold surety against the poor. Therefore, due to their ruthlessness to obtain the debt, they destroy themselves. They reproach their maker (proverbs 14:31). Do not reproach your maker, have mercy on the poor.

Reference: Job 5:15, Job 5:15, Job 24:3-5, Job 24:8-10, Psalm 10:2, Proverbs 10:15, Proverbs 14:21, Proverbs 17:5, Proverbs 18:23, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 21:13

Proverbs Notes 13:22

 
#Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s #children: and the #wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
 
A "good man," which would say; he is blessed by #God. Since he is blessed, he is able to leave an inheritance not only to his children, but his #grandchildren. What wealth a sinner obtains will be given to the just. This is true since what the #sinner gains will be by ill gotten gain. What is gotten #illegally or by corruption will soon be stripped away by the just. 
 
Reverence: Proverbs 17:2 Ecclesiastes 7:11 Proverbs 17:6  Proverbs 12:13 
 

Proverbs Notes 13:21

Proverbs 13:21 Notes

Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be re-payed.

Since sinners willfully live in sin. Not only will they do evil, but evil will certainly happen to them. Just as they wish to commit evilevil will fall upon them. This is only common sense. After all; "if you play with fire, you will get burnt." Righteousness brings favor from man and God. His recompense is honor and salvation. The righteous are greatly paid for their good.

Reference: Proverbs 23:16-18 Proverbs 1:9-11 Proverbs 14:22 Proverbs 16:20 Romans 2:5-9

 

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Proverbs Notes 13:20

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#Proverbs 13:20

He that walketh with #wise men shall be wise: but a companion of #fools shall be destroyed.

The saying; "You are the company you keep!" is very true. If you associate with wise men, you will learn and grow in #wisdom. But if you choose to associate with fools, you will be a fool. Learning from your surroundings is simple #human nature. Just as a child learns from their #parents, so will a person learn from his #companions. Whether his companions are evil or wise.

Reference: Proverbs 29:3, 1 Corinthians 15:33, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 1 Corinthians 5:11, Proverbs 14:7, Psalm 1:1, Psalm 26:4-5