Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6:5

It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; it is better off than he.
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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Rather, it hath not seen nor known the sun: this (the untimely birth) hath rest rather than the other.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Moreover, he hath not seen the sun,.... This must be spoken of the abortive, and seems to confirm the sense of the former text, as belonging to it; and whereas it has never seen the light of the sun, nor enjoyed the pleasure and comfort of it, it is no ways distressing to it to be without it. The Targum is,

"the light of the law he seeth not; and knoweth not between good and evil, to judge between this world and that to come:'

so the Vulgate Latin version, "neither knows the difference of good and evil";

nor known anything; not the sun, nor anything else: or "experienced"F26ולא ידע "ueque expertus est", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Rambachius, so Broughton. and "felt" the heat of the sun, and its comfortable influences; which a man may, who is blind, and has never seen it, but an abortive has not; and indeed has known no man, nor any creature nor thing in this world, and therefore it is no concern to it to be without them; and besides, has never had any knowledge or experience of the troubles of lifts, which every living man is liable to. Wherefore this is certain,

this hath more rest than the other; that is, the abortive than the covetous man; having never been distressed with the troubles of life, and now not affected with the sense of loss.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

thisyet “it has more rest than” the toiling, gloomy miser.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

More rest — Because he is free from all those encumbrances and vexations to which the covetuous man is long exposed.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6:5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known [any thing]: this hath more rest than the other.

Ver. 5. Moreover he hath not seen the sun.] A second privilege and prerogative of the poor abortive. None are so miserable, we see, but they may be comparatively happy. It is ever best to look at those below us, and then we shall see cause to be better contented.

This hath more rest than the other.] The grain that is cropped as soon as it appeareth, or is bruised in pieces when it lies in sprout, is better than the old weed, that is hated while it standeth, and in the end is cut down for the fire.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He hath not seen the sun; he never beheld the light, and therefore it is not grievous to him to want it; whereas the covetous man saw that light was very pleasant, and therefore the loss of it was irksome to him.

Nor known any thing; hath had no knowledge, sense, or experience of any thing, whether good or evil.

Hath more rest, because he is perfectly free from all those encumbrances and vexatious to which the covetous man is long exposed.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5.Hath not seen the sun — All analogy suggests that human life begins with the soul, which builds up for itself a body by assimilating the materials furnished in its various conditions. The embryo enters into the rest of souls, where the wicked never trouble it, and its loss of sight and knowledge of the sun is compensated by its escape from earthly ill. Such is the sense of the verse. The sun should follow the word known.

Rest — In all the Old Testament, “rest” is used in an emphatic and comprehensive sense, as if including all worldly good.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1874-1909.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

"It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; it is better off than he."

"never knows anything"-i.e. never knows anything of this life or never knows what life is like.

"better off than he"-the miscarriage is better off than the rich man in this section. Why? Note, Solomon doesn"t say that the rich man in this section and the miscarriage are equal, but rather, the miscarriage is better off than such a man.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

This - yet it.

Hath more rest than the other - than the toiling, gloomy miser. The more unenviable is the state of the embryo, the worse is the misery of the covetous rich man. It has "rest" from suffering: he has no rest. He is to be pitied, not envied.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/ecclesiastes-6.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.
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Job 3:10-13; 14:1; Psalms 58:8; 90:7-9
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ecclesiastes-6.html.