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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Ecclesiastes 6



Verses 1-12

Riches Without Contentment - There are two dangers to having riches. The first is that riches can easily cause the heart to become covetous, which is discusses in Ecclesiastes 5:8-20. Man's covetousness results in wealth being accumulated through wicked means. The second vice is that men tend to find no rest and contentment after having accumulated wealth. This negative aspect of riches is discussed in Ecclesiastes 6:1-12. When men gain wealth by honorable methods, he is still in danger of falling prey to discontentment and failing to enjoy the life that God intended him to enjoy.

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Ecclesiastes 6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

Ecclesiastes 6:3Comments- Many societies believe that having many children gives him a purpose and elevates him in society. I read in the newspaper of one man's pursuit of having one hundred children before his dies. In order to accomplish this goal in his religion of Islam, which limits a man to four wives, he had to divorce and Revelation -marry many times in order to continue having children. Those who have tried to have many children through polygamy have perverted God's original commandment to be fruitful and multiply.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 — "Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire" - Comments- It is better to be happy and contented with what one actually possesses, than to be dissatisfied because of a desire for things that cannot be quickly obtained.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 — "this is also vanity and vexation of spirit" - Comments- Man's desire for more is a vain, worthless pursuit that vexes and oppresses his spirit.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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