Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. It is worthy of remark, that in all this list there are but two things which may be said to be done generally by the disposal of God, and in which men can have but little influence: the time of birth, and the time of death. When God's vicegerents, destined to protect The weak from insolence of power, to guard Their lives and fortunes, impious robbers turn? Isaiah 45:13; Isaiah 58:12; Isaiah 60:10. God has done it , so that people fear before him. Verse 11 Beautiful in his time - God's works are well done; there are order, harmony, and beauty in them all.
God has produced no being that he intends ultimately to destroy. Wisdom was a popular genre in the ancient world, where it was cultivated in scribal circles and directed towards young men who would take up careers in high officialdom and royal courts; there is strong evidence that some of these books, or at least sayings and teachings, were translated into Hebrew and influenced the Book of Proverbs, and the author of Ecclesiastes was probably familiar with examples from Egypt and Mesopotamia. Verse 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts - From the present comparison of great men to beasts, the author takes occasion to enforce the subject by mentioning the state of mankind in general, with respect to the mortality of their bodies; and then, by an easy transition, touches in the next verse on the point which is of such infinite consequence to religion. After a manner very similar to that of this book are the diverse modes of God's action contrasted in Jeremiah 1:10. The mere fact that it was composed by David forbids us taking the external view. I have seen the God-given task which the sons of men are to be occupied : The Preacher asked the kind of question he had asked before; but this time he found an answer in the God-given task that God gives to man. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
And it signifies the spirit or soul of man, Psalm 31:6; Isaiah 57:16, and in this book, Ecclesiastes 12:7, and in many other places. Dancing verse 4 may be appropriate during a time of celebration, but it would not be appropriate for a funeral. God will not create more; man cannot add. Remember this is the state to prepare for glory; and the evils of life may be so sanctified to you as to work for your good. Copyright Statement These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle. The body of man shall arise, and join his soul that is already above; and both enjoy final blessedness in the fruition of God.
Was not the whole of his ministration, as evidenced in the prophecies that are contained in the book that bears his name, a continual pulling down with one hand, and building up with the other? Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Let our inquiry be, how an eternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? Mortals should take pleasure when they can, for a time may come when no one can. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
Copyright Statement These files are public domain. Koheleth intimates, without attempting to reconcile, the great crux of man's free-will and God's decree. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? The dispute as to whether Ecclesiastes belongs to the or the periods i. Verse 12 I know that there is no good in them, but, etc.
Kohelet's words finish with imagery of nature languishing and humanity marching to the grave. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. It is as certain that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. They possess an unwavering assurance during the remainder of their sojourn upon earth. It is read on Sukkot as a reminder to not get too caught up in the festivities of the holiday, as well as to carry over the happiness of Sukkot to the rest of the year by telling the listeners that, without God, life is meaningless. Verse 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose - Two general remarks may be made on the first eight verses of this chapter.
You will find that no saints of God, whose experience is left on record in the Bible, ever were there; but their path was one of change and vicissitude; sometimes down, sometimes up, sometimes mourning, sometimes rejoicing, but never long together in one unvaried spot. Prudence bids, One while, our treasure to reserve, and then With liberal hand to scatter wide. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? Nevertheless, critical scholars have long rejected the idea of a pre-exilic origin. Is it positive and life-affirming, or deeply pessimistic? Their life seems like a.
A time to heal — Literally, to save. He establishes this dictum by entering into details, and showing the ordering of Providence and the supremacy of God in all men's concerns, the most trivial as well as the most important. So I perceived : It is true that Solomon perceived this, but he did so on the faulty assumptions of under the sun thinking. Why then have I been so very wise? Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him? Copyright Statement These files are public domain. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. The state of the people must have been desperately bad, if God, who in his treatment of them is gracious and merciful, long-suffering, and of great kindness, finds himself compelled to resort to such terrible means.
Verse 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man - I think the meaning of this important verse is well taken by the above able writer: - The nobler part of man, 'tis true, survives The frail corporeal frame: but who regards The difference? While it was said in verse 19, they have all one breath, i. Solomon most evidently makes an essential difference between the human soul and that of brutes. To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. ¶ And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. The brute creation shall be restored, and all human spirits shall live for ever; the pure in a state of supreme and endless blessedness, the impure in a state of indestructible misery. For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.