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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Ecclesiastes 7

Verse 1

7:1 A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of {b} death than the day of one’s birth.

(b) He speaks thus after the judgment of the flesh, which thinks death is the end of all evils, or else because this corporal death is the entering into everlasting life.

Verse 2

7:2 [It is] better to go to the house of {c} mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that [is] the end of all men; and the living will lay [it] to his heart.

(c) Where we may see the hand of God and learn to examine our lives.

Verse 6

7:6 For as the crackling of {d} thorns under a pot, so [is] the laughter of the fool: this also [is] vanity.

(d) Which crackle for a while and profit nothing.

Verse 7

7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man {e} mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

(e) A man that is esteemed wise, when he falls to oppression, becomes like a beast.

Verse 8

7:8 Better [is] the {f} end of a thing than its beginning: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.

(f) He notes their lightness who attempt a thing and suddenly leave it off again.

Verse 10

7:10 Say not thou, What is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire {g} wisely concerning this.

(g) Murmur not against God when he sends adversities for man’s sins.

Verse 11

7:11 Wisdom [is] good with an {h} inheritance: and [by it there is] profit to them that see the sun.

(h) He answers to them who do not value wisdom unless riches are joined with it, showing that both are the gifts of God, but that wisdom is far more excellent and may be without riches.

Verse 14

7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity {i} consider: God also hath appointed the one as well as the other, to the end that man should find {k} nothing after him.

(i) Consider why God sends it and what may comfort you.

(k) That man should be able to control nothing in his works.

Verse 15

7:15 All [things] have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just [man] that perisheth in his {l} righteousness, and there is a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his life] in his wickedness.

(l) Meaning that cruel tyrants put the godly to death and let the wicked go free.

Verse 16

7:16 Be not righteous {m} over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

(m) Do not boast too much of your own justice and wisdom.

Verse 17

7:17 Be not {n} over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

(n) Do not tarry long when you are admonished to come out of the way of wickedness.

Verse 18

7:18 [It is] good that thou shouldest take hold of {o} this; yea, also from {p} this withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God shall escape from them all.

(o) That is, on these admonitions that go before.

(p) Consider what desolation and destruction will come, if you do not obey them.

Verse 21

7:21 Also take no {q} heed to all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

(q) Credit them not, neither care for them.

Verse 24

7:24 That which is far off, {r} and exceedingly deep, who can find it out?

(r) Meaning wisdom.

Verse 27

7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, [counting] one by one, to {s} find out the account:

(s) That is, to come to a conclusion.

Verse 29

7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many {t} devices.

(t) And so are cause for their own destruction.

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Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.