And yet, his wisdom remained with him. And those verses are not very positive. Ecclesiastes 2. "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" The Preacher's Search For Meaning - II (2:1-26) INTRODUCTION 1. We’ve been told that we can’t find meaning or satisfaction in anything. The vanity of all temporal things. – kouty Sep 30 at 2:18. Ecclesiastes 2 – Life In View Of Death. Ecclesiastes 2:2 tn Heb “laughter.” The term שְׂחוֹק ( s e khoq , “laughter”) has a fourfold range of meanings: (1) “joyful laughter” ( Ps 126:2 ; Prov 14:13 ; Job 8:21 ); (2) “frivolous laughter, merrymaking” ( Eccl 2:2 ; 7:3 , 6 ); (3) “pleasure, sport” ( Prov 10:23 ; Eccl 10:19 ); and (4) “derision, mockery, laughingstock” ( Jer 20:7 ; 48:26 , 27 , 39 ; Job 12:4 ; Lam 3:14 ). I ask for a one-bit answer. I want satisfaction! Well then, if that’s how you’re thinking, you’d be in the position to receive Qoheleth’s teaching in the next section. ... and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. It was through his superior and exceeding wisdom. Here’s the secret: God. God was all but totally absent from this book until this point. I said of laughter, 'It is madness,' and of pleasure, 'What does it accomplish?' Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. ... and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. But not all men are like that. That’s what he says in Ecclesiastes 2:13. It was Rehoboam. You go about your life as if God didn’t exist. Footnotes. Wisdom and knowledge – so-called, not given by God – is futile and useless. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it? And it’s interesting what he says about this pursuit of his. And that kind of situation Qoheleth looks at and says “it’s vanity!”. But then look at the end of Ecclesiastes 2:14. Who created the plants that give seed? He didn’t allow himself to be sidetracked by all those things. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. In fact, most don’t recognize God. as the fool. Despite the advantages of earthly natural wisdom – both the wise man and the fool suffer the same fate in the end. ecclesiastes 12:2 meaning; Blog. And notice the pronoun you keep seeing. And you might wonder why he’s doing that. 2  I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? Where do I turn? He realizes now that his work will achieve nothing lasting. It truly is. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. A VERSE BY VERSE COMMENTARY ON ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 2 DEALING WITH SOLOMON'S ATTEMPTS TO FIND MEANING IN LIFE. Anything he wanted he took and did. And the farmer died and his stuff went to someone else. And you might get annoyed with this kind of thing.Where the author repeats and repeats the same point. We find meaning and satisfaction and lasting achievement in him. Hence Ecclesiastes is usually understood to be a qualified teacher, the leader of an assembly of wise men. This Book is called Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher, (in Hebrew, Coheleth,) because in it, Solomon, as an excellent preacher, setteth forth the vanity of the things of this world: to withdraw he hearts and affections of men from such empty toys. Did you know that God isn’t against enjoyment? What does this verse really mean? What’s the antidote to life lived merely “under the sun” as a lost man who has no interest in or knowledge of spiritual realities? Yeah, God did it all. Emphasis on Joy. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem # 2:8 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. Now, he sums up all of this in Ecclesiastes 2:9. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. The reference to his being the son of David is typical of pseudoepigraphical literature’s tendency to attribute the work of an unknown author to some illustrious person in order to give it greater credence. Hard work. God wants you to. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. We find our purpose in him. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it? 2 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. Qohelet's Investigation Of Self-Indulgence. Qoheleth starts again in Ecclesiastes 2:12 speaking of his seeking to discern wisdom and madness and folly. Definitely a lesson I will pass on to my son. And the benefits of knowing God just keep accumulating in this section. . 1. But let me just summarize what we’ve seen so far. And on and on. What a contrast we see then in this section from what came before this. Ecclesiastes 2. ” (Ecclesiastes 2:2, HCSB) ... Solomon realized and we can realize that if we make the pursuit of wisdom and work as our meaning in life, in the end, we have nothing. And there is no real lasting satisfying pleasure apart from him. 25 For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I? Ecclesiastes 3:8. I tend to think he’s saying he had a harem of many women. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. Here you were, thinking they would somehow provide meaning and satisfaction in this life. Ecclesiastes 2:26 tells us how God provides wisdom, knowledge, and joy to the one who pleases God – who is good in his sight. Where is the locus of meaning and satisfaction in this life? And one more – Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 tells us that if the resurrection won’t happen, then we might as well “eat and drink”. Follow either of the two large buttons below to see these verses in their broader context of the King James Bible or a Bible concordance. But that’s it. But not all men are like that. And some of them begin to “eat and drink” and get drunk and abuse their fellow slaves. Everything in this life is so … Who created animals for our food? Ecclesiastes 2:2 Translation & Meaning. Buildings, food, beautiful landscaping, water, entertainment, people to serve you, sexual fulfillment, money. And so ultimately I think we see Qoheleth despairing of his work. Even though Qoheleth is now speaking very highly of wisdom, knowledge, joy, work, food, and drink – these things in and of themselves are still not where people find meaning and satisfaction. This page was last modified on September 15, 2017, at 5:25 AM. A VERSE BY VERSE COMMENTARY ON ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 2 DEALING WITH SOLOMON'S ATTEMPTS TO FIND MEANING IN LIFE. He had musical instruments. I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. Well, he comes to think that probably not much will change. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced because of all my labor; and this was my portion from all my labor. Then he turned to pleasure and wealth. The whole time he’s testing the value of alcohol, he says his heart is guiding him with wisdom. It’s all for him. But Qoheleth doesn’t intend this verse to be taken negatively. If all the things I’ve been led to believe will satisfy me… really won’t? This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. And yet, the next guy in line to inherit it hasn’t done anything to deserve it. Meaningless!” says the Teacher. So, that’s what he’s doing here. To drink? And it’s for exactly that kind of person that Qoheleth writes the section of Ecclesiastes that we’ll be studying now. No ultimate fulfillment. Remember the one who created you, he says, verse 2… 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: It seems that the first part of verse 2 is referring to one’s deteriorating vision as he gets older. (Ecc 2:4-8) The search for meaning in work and accomplishments. Put yourself in the place of someone who doesn’t know God – who doesn’t have any thoughts of spiritual realities – who has no hope of eternity. Even to the man who knows God – it’s not as if work in and of itself or wisdom or knowledge by themselves is what provide meaning to our life. In chapter 2, Solomon launches into what he had learned about his works of building material things like houses and gardens and seeking even greater wealth. That was Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. 2:18 And I hated all my labor wherein I labored under the sun, seeing that I must leave it unto the man that shall be after me. Solomon is wise, because God has given him the gift of wisdom. 3 I searched in my heart how to cheer my flesh with wine, my heart yet guiding me with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what it was good for the sons of men that they should do under heaven all the days of their life. And how doth the wise man die even as the fool! Why? What more can a natural man ask for? Then the farmer planned to tear down his current facilities and build new ones to store his extra produce. And what does pleasure accomplish?”3 I tried cheering myself with wine,(C)and embracing folly(D)—my mind still guiding me with wisdom.
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