Try it free for 30 days. Ecclesiastes 6 Ecclesiastes 8. Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below. Try it for 30 days FREE. Cancel at any time. You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. Archeologists have compiled and recorded a great deal of evidence about the time Abraham lived. The people of that day built fine houses and huge buildings. The cultures were highly developed, and their building projects were grand and extensive.
If one is looking over his shoulder while trying to move forward at the same time, he is likely either to crash into something or to trip and fall over some impediment. Jesus cautions in Luke 9: Solomon is urging us , the called, to move on with life and its problems by looking and working toward the future.
This makes this warning more individual and potent. Being called creates new difficulties, but it is especially difficult now because we are living in nations that are simultaneously losing both their moral and economic powers.
Thus, what we are experiencing can create feelings of despair that keep us focused on just merely making it. This kind of attitude is not good. God warns us in verse 10 that it is not wise to hold a strong opinion that former days were better.
He wants us to keep our minds on His sovereign power and purpose while accepting His governing judgment as to the circumstances of our times. We do not want to be guilty of calling Him into account, but that is exactly what we would be doing. We must never forget that He rules—constantly! His oversight of what is occurring in this world is not merely an occasional giving of His attention.
Therefore, He is pleased to give us the world as it is without our calling Him into account. Wisdom is good with an inheritance, and profitable to those who see the sun. For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.
These verses briefly examine one of the properties that wisdom and money share. The reason is that wisdom is so superior to wealth that it derives no additional glory from it. If a person has both, that is of course good.
However, if they are personified, one must conclude that wisdom could do better without wealth than wealth could do without wisdom. Even in regard to this quality, the comparison reveals that wisdom is of greater value. The comparison shows that wisdom is like a wall of protection whereas wealth is merely a hedge. In adversity, wisdom provides reserves of strength to the person who possesses it.
This translation is vague and difficult. It thus becomes an admonishment to young people to learn from their parents. The Soncino commentary catches the essence of what Solomon is saying. Biblical wisdom always gives a person an advantage regardless of age, and the younger the person is when he begins using what he learned from his family the better.
At the same time, in order to be realistic, some events may affect our lives that neither wisdom nor wealth can protect us from, such as a national economic cataclysm or a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake that one cannot be physically prepared for. Except for those extraordinary situations, from what does wisdom defend a person? It protects individuals who have this wisdom derived from a relationship with God from the ordinary trials of the times, whatever their time in history.
Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.
Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.
Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death. Jesus teaches in Matthew When a person is poor, he can be deceived into imagining that, if he were rich, he would be happy. When he is rich, he deludes himself that, if he were only richer, he would be content. The problem is not the wealth.
That belief is often a delusion, since the common understanding regarding wealth is not from God. In contrast, godly wisdom is perfectly balanced and feeds the heart with the right thoughts.
There is no doubt that people of sufficient wealth use it to protect themselves from much of the unpleasantness of life in the world. They tend to eat more nutritious food, which often costs more. They may be careful where they shop; they may make their homes into virtual fortresses; they may travel about only at certain times; they may not make an ostentatious display of their wealth, but they may surround themselves with guards for protection.
Wealth is indeed a symbol of strength.
The last statement in Ecclesiastes 7: At this point, its superiority over wealth becomes very apparent. Wealth can shelter a person from certain classes of physical evils, but it can do nothing against the far more formidable and dangerous spiritual and moral evils that endanger the continuation of life. Wealth may even promote involvement in the temptations of moral evil. Wealth cannot purchase entrance into the Kingdom of God. God-given wisdom can motivate an individual to give himself to God in humble submission.
Wisdom is a greater strength because this kind of wisdom is a gift from the Creator, who expects it be used spiritually to enhance the relationship with Him through prayer, study, obedience, and service. If one cooperates by living by faith , God adds what we as individuals lack by giving more gifts. He can even defend us from illness, which money cannot. Can money protect one from the satanic spirits responsible for the moral breakdowns of life? In times like these, if we are living within God-given wisdom, we have the greatest, strongest, and only reliable defense available.
The Complete Jewish Bible. Douay-Rheims Bible For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: Christian values are consistently being attacked. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. When he is rich, he deludes himself that, if he were only richer, he would be content. That this sentiment in nearly the same language, is repeated in 2 Chron.
In contrast, Proverbs 8: Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what He has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing that will come after him. That this sentiment in nearly the same language, is repeated in 2 Chron. Differently to be admonished are the impatient and the patient. For the impatient are to be told that, while they neglect to bridle their spirit, they are hurried through many steep places of iniquity which they seek not after, inasmuch as fury drives the mind whither desire draws it not, and, when perturbed, it does, not knowing, what it afterwards grieves for when it knows.
The next part of our sanctification is in reference to our daily failings and transgressions, committed partly through the violence of temptations, as we see in David and Peter, and other eminent men of God; partly through daily infirmities, because of our weakness and imperfections; for, "in many things we offend all," James iii. What Shall We Think of Man?
What is his place on the earth and in the universe? What is his destiny? He is of necessity an object of thought. He is the subject of natural laws, instincts and passions. How far is he free; how far bound?