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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Ecclesiastes 10

 

 

Verses 1-20

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

Ecclesiastes 10:1Comments- Adam and Eve did a lot of good things, but they have always been known for their one folly, the sin in the Garden of Eden of eating the forbidden fruit.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man"s heart is at his right hand; but a fool"s heart at his left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2Comments- A man is normally very skilled and accurate with his right hand. Thus, a wise man is skillful in using his heart to discern wisdom. In contrast, a man is normally more clumsy with his left hand. Thus, a fool is clumsy in using his heart to discern wisdom because he is in the habit of using his fleshly desires, his emotions and his reason to make decisions.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Ecclesiastes 10:3Comments- A fool demonstrates his lack of wisdom by how he makes choices in his daily life. A wise man can see a fool"s clumsiness in making wise decisions.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Ecclesiastes 10:10Comments- Wisdom sharpens our senses to discern between right and wrong choices, thus, making life easier to deal with.

Many times while working at a task, we do not have ideal circumstances in which to work. We do not always have the best tools or the right weather. We may not be feeling up to par, etc, but the task can be done more efficiently if we will just use a little wisdom ( James 1:5).

James 1:5, "If any of you lack Wisdom of Solomon , let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

Ecclesiastes 10:11-14The Tongue of the Wise and the Fool - Ecclesiastes 10:11-14 deals with man's tongue. Ecclesiastes 10:12-13 is a wonderful illustration of James 3:5-6. The tongue of the foolish kept on until it ended up causing mischievous by the fool.

James 3:5-6, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

Ecclesiastes 10:18Comments- Ecclesiastes 10:18 can apply to the growth of the building or church of Jesus. Much slothfulness in God's kingdom leads to decay and ruin ( Proverbs 24:3).

Proverbs 24:3, "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:"

Illustration- Having served as a maintenance supervisor and construction manager, I have seen how quickly a piece of real estate can decay and fall into ruin. It takes constant care to maintain a piece of property ( Proverbs 24:30-34).

Proverbs 24:30-34, "I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man."

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

Ecclesiastes 10:19Comments- The interpretation of Ecclesiastes 10:19 is within the context of this earthly life, rather than spiritual truths. Thus, we can interpret this verse to say, "A feast is used to bring laughter into our lives, and wine is used to make one merry, but money is used to bring us all earthly desires." In other words, money is the answer to anything in this life related to bringing joy and pleasure to men.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

Ecclesiastes 10:20Comments- How often we say things about people that we should not be discussing. Many times those spoken words make their way to those people's ears to which we spoke evil of.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 could be a reference to the ability of demon spirits to hear what we say, and then make plans to cause a hindrance to our plans. A demon is able to take a thought that we said and put it into someone"s mind. However, it is more likely to refer to the fact that the king has the divine gift to discern the heart of those under him in order to rule them effectively; this give given by God. Thus, our thoughts are communicated to a leader over us in the spirit realm. A good example of this is found in the testimonies of those who have visited heaven and saw how easy it is to know one another's thoughts in that heavenly realm. Or, how often has a husband and wife understood the thoughts of the other, since they are spiritually joined. We are spiritually placed under authorities on earth. The Lord can reveal to a leader the thoughts and mind of his people.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/ecclesiastes-10.html. 2013.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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