4:13 "poor" This Hebrew term (BDB 587) is found only four times in Ecclesiastes (cf. Ecclesiastes: Bible Study and Commentary. Yea better is he then both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seene the euill worke that is … 4 Then I saw that all toil and skillful work is the rivalry of one person with another. Ecclesiastes 4 Solomon, having shown the vanity of this world in the temptation which those in power feel to oppress and trample upon their subjects, here further shows, I. Chapter Contents. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). Eccl. Enjoy this Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary! Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. Solomon realizes the sources of problems of those who do good, and includes all those who work diligently and whose efforts are crowned with success.They often become great and prosperous, but this generates envy and opposition. (9-11) The vexation in pursuit of knowledge. Calmness and stillness. 7-16 Disappointment in riches. Chapter. The benefit of society, ver. 9 - 12. V. The mutability even of royal dignity, not only through the folly of the prince himself (Ecclesiastes 4:13,14), but through the fickleness of the people, let the prince be ever so discreet, Ecclesiastes 4:15,16. 1 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I … Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Ecclesiastes 4 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. View Ecclesiastes 4 in the note window. Ecc 4:8 “pointless.” See commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:2. 7, 8. 1:1+12 the author calls himself son of David and king in Jerusalem. Chapter 4. In Ecclesiastes chap. Solomon shows that all human things are vain. Chapter 5 vs.7: For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also divers vanities: but fear thou God. In verse 16 he speaks of his great wisdom which according to 1 Kings 3:12; 1 Kings 4:2 f; 10:1 only King Solomon had. Let’s look at the passage surrounding Ecclesiastes 4:16 to put it into context. A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction. Chapter 4 deals mainly with the inequalities of life and Solomon bemoans the terrible acts of oppression, the shocking discrimination and the lust to control the minds of others, by certain individuals... that seemed to characterise the days of Solomon, and is so prevalent in today's society. In Ecclesiastes 12:9 he mentions that he set in order many proverbs. The value of difficult things over pleasant things. Chapter 4 vs. 6: Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. (1-3) Man's toil and want of satisfaction. Ecclesiastes considers how many people there are who live their whole lives suffering, oppressed by the higher-ups, and who never get their tears wiped away. There are powerful forces in this world, but even the greatest people are really very weak. 3 But most fortunate of all are those who are not yet born. Ecclesiastes, Part 4: The Vanity of Both Wealth and Poverty. The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter— On the side of their oppressors there is power, But they have no comforter. Chapter# 3: An appointed time for everything. The folly of hoarding up wealth, ver. This also is vanity and a chase after wind. Vanity is the key word of … The Uselessness of Selfish Toil - Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. Keith Simons. In all things union tends to success and safety, but above all, the union of Christians. The title “Ecclesiastes” comes from a Greek word indicating a person who calls an assembly, so it makes sense that the author identified himself in Ecclesiastes 1:1 by Resuming our presentation of Solomon’s Ecclesiastes here with chapter 6, as we have already explained, there are going to be times when we shall necessarily repeat ourselves, because the work itself is quite repetitive in nature. A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Ecclesiastes. In Ecclesiastes 12:9 he mentions that he set in order many proverbs. The lord’s mysterious plan allows injustice to exist in the world. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ecclesiastes 4. 3 And better off than both is the yet unborn, who has not seen the wicked work that is done under the sun. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called ' (the) Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"), composed probably between 5th … From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ecclesiastes 4 is the fourth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. 2 So I concluded that the dead are better off than the living. One of the wise sayings of Ecclesiastes urges us to maintain calmness and stillness. But there is clearly also the idea that people will get paid for the good work they do, even by God on Judgment Day. Ecc 4:9 “wage.” The word “wage” is used in a broader sense than just the wages paid for work, but any “wage” or benefit one gets from work. 4 - 6. Explain for me Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. THE BEAT by Allen Parr 60,437 views. They often become great and prosperous, but this excites envy and opposition. In Ecclesiastes chap. All the power is on the side of the oppressors. The misery of the oppressed and the oppressor, ver. 1:1+12 the author calls himself son of David and king in Jerusalem. The Lord has ordained the ebb and flow of human activities. A remedy against that folly, in being made sensible of the benefit of society and mutual assistance, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. 4:4-6 Solomon notices the sources of trouble peculiar to well-doers, and includes all who labour with diligence, and whose efforts are crowned with success. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 4: 4-6. 4:1: So I returned, and con side red all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. - AFTB. To get a proper understanding of those verses, let’s read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12, “Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. Posted on Mar 7, 2016. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS. 1 - 3. Chapter 4. 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity. Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness. Ecclesiastes 4 1 Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. Ecclesiastes 4 book would not have been consistent with Solomon’s reign as king which was an unparalleled time of peace and prosperity. He says it's pretty obvious that it's better to be dead than to be alive. This is a study guide commentary which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. Solomon, having shown the vanity of this world in the temptation which those in power feel to oppress and trample upon their subjects, here further shows, ... Commentary on Ecclesiastes 3 ← Prior Chapter. IV. 4:13; 9:15[twice],16) and means "a poor man." … And I praise the dead who have already died, more than the living who are still alive. Chapter 4 1-3 Opression - this is the fourth obstacle to thwart the preacher in his quest. King James Bible Ecclesiastes Chapter: 4. 5:41. 4:9-12 Surely he has more satisfaction in life, who labours hard to maintain those he loves, than the miser has in his toil. Previous | Index | Next >> "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Chapter Six OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To reflect upon the Preacher's observations gleaned from his search for the purpose of life 2) To understand the limitations of riches, and that the ability to enjoy them is a gift from God SUMMARY The Preacher continues his observations about the vanity of riches in this chapter (cf. This fact also speaks for Solomon only (see 1 Kings 4:32; Proverbs 1:1). בוְשַׁבֵּ֧חַ אֲנִ֛י … This leads Ecclesiastes to one of his darkest statements yet. So, in Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, the Preacher talks to us about the value of difficult things over pleasant things.. We might notice that our life seems to be filled with difficult things – difficult people, difficult situations, problems that are over our head, etc. 5 “Fools fold their arms I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. No one understands the Lord’s mysterious plan. (12-18) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 1:1-3) Much is to be learned by comparing one part of Scripture with another. Others, seeing the vexations of an active course, foolishly expect more satisfaction in sloth and idleness. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless. Of being envied, which occasions sloth in others, ver. How to have a worthwhile life. They assist each other by encouragement, or friendly reproof. (Read Ecclesiastes 4:4-6) Solomon notices the sources of trouble peculiar to well-doers, and includes all who labour with diligence, and whose efforts are crowned with success. Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" The lord-given task Chapter# 4: Oppression worse than death. Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. ECCLESIASTES EXPLAINED IN AROUND FIVE MINUTES | BOOK REVIEW - Duration: 5:41. Therefore I praised the dead who were already dead, More than the living who are still alive. Ecclesiastes 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. (4-8) There is nothing new. Each of us must walk in the light we have. 4-6 Competition - a fifth obstacle in competition and envy - envy being but another form of oppression - for it can be as inhuman as tyranny. They often become great and prosperous, but this excites envy and opposition. This fact also speaks for Solomon only (see 1 Kings 4:32; Proverbs 1:1). 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