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Bible Commentaries

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts

Ecclesiastes 6

Verses 1-12

Ecclesiastes 6:9

Perhaps the inherent force of a nature is shown even more in its passive and negative than in its active and positive self-expressions. In its power of voluntarily limiting its own horizon; of setting itself arbitrary boundaries; of saying 'Thus far will I go, see, admit, and no further'. For it takes a lot of latent strength to sit, either mentally or physically, really still. Not to fidget. To 'stay put,' in short.

Lucas Malet's Wages of Sin, book iv. v.

Not until a man has rid himself of all pretension, and taken refuge in mere unembellished existence, can he gain that peace of mind which is the foundation of human happiness.


You may paddle all day long; but it is when you come back at nightfall and look in at the familiar room, that you find Love or Death awaiting you beside the stove; and the most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.

R. L. Stevenson.

References. VI. 12. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xlii. No. 2462. VII. 1 . Ibid. vol. xxvii. No. 1588.

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Nicoll, William Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6". Expositor's Dictionary of Text. 1910.