Expositor’s states: “We should rather take an objective look at ourselves, and maybe we will find that we should apologize. Others, however—including the Tyndale commentary itself—disagree with this interpretation, taking verse 19 as instead a negative commentary on the licentious life of verses 16 and 18: “The failure of the slothful life is seen here: bread…wine…money is the limit of its horizon.” That is, these are the height of what immature, self-indulgent people have to live for. Part of the problem here is not realizing what is most needed or valuable for the task at hand—in this case a sharpened implement. THIS CHAPTER COVERS… – Hundreds / thousands of years in just a few verses. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. This, too, would apply individually and nationally. Preview. Send inquiries regarding the operation of this Web site to webmaster@ucg.org. The picture here of a bird telling the matter is a metaphor of something being overheard and passed on— and, with flight, getting around fast. [12] For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them. A footnote in the Easy-to-Read Version says, “This is a person who was never a slave and whose parents were not slaves.” The New American Commentary says that, as in verses 5-7, “once again ‘servant’ (v. 16) and ‘noble’ (v. 17) refer to the moral character of the king more than to his genealogy” (note on verses 16-17). Either way there needs to be an awareness of risks. There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven… (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Don’t let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness. It starts with Ecclesiastes 10:4 Ecclesiastes 10:4If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses.American King James Version×giving counsel on choosing the right course for those in a particular difficult situation—of dealing with a ruler or one in authority becoming upset with them. Their longwinded explanations only wear out the confused traveler. This results in the building decaying and the house leaking. Of course, maybe the person the ruler comes down on is in the wrong to start with—at least in some way. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Since Solomon had ships that brought animals from afar, and he had great interest in animals, including birds (1 Kings 4:33 1 Kings 4:33And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall: he spoke also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.American King James Version×; 1 Kings 10:22 1 Kings 10:22For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.American King James Version×), it’s quite possible that he himself had talking birds—perhaps even in his royal bedroom at times. Letting down, not remaining vigilant and diligent, will result in the breakdown of our literal homes as well as our households or families and our lives in general. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called 'Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"; Koheleth or Kohelet), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BC. Proverbs 10:1 to 22:16 - The Proverbs (wise words) of Solomon [or download in RTF format] Proverbs 22:17 to 31:31 - More Wise Lessons [or download in RTF format] Ecclesiastes: The Teacher searches for the purpose of our lives [or download in RTF format] A Bible text and commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes. Psalm 15 - [[A Psalm of David.]] See you a man that is hasty in his words? Consider Luke 12:21 Luke 12:21So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.American King James Version×about being “rich toward God”—and that the word noble can also mean virtuous. Read more Share Copy Show footnotes A service of Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. The Law of Light. The word typically translated “quarrying” in verse 9 could indeed mean quarrying, although it might mean merely uprooting or removing—as a farmer clearing stones from his field, and injuries could result from that as well as from quarrying work (NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, note on verse 9). The “strength” sought in proper feasting in verse 17 includes bodily nourishment but also the promotion of a strong nation through healthy leaders and proper provision for others as well as elevated camaraderie and morale and connectedness within and with allies. Consider Solomon’s father David with Saul. It’s better to stay calm, remaining committed to the relationship unless it becomes an unbearable situation (though of course that could happen rather quickly depending on the circumstances). Ovid, the famous Roman poet, is reported to have said, ‘At times it is folly to hasten, at other times, to delay. Genesis 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light …. (It’s possible that the rolling of a stone in Proverbs 26:27 Proverbs 26:27Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.American King James Version×is also associated with quarrying or removing stones, though the reference there seems to be an act against others.) 3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. ? It’s often thought to refer to an ax here because the previous verse mentions splitting wood. On the other hand, these verses could apply to anyone trying to act against others (perhaps reacting to the problem leadership situation) or conducting normal, everyday labor—in which case the point would be that whatever is done involves risks, so we all have to use wisdom and be cautious. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.American King James Version×; compare Luke 6:39 Luke 6:39And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? One must be prudent and cautious. This lectionary is followed by many churches across the globe including Anglican, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed and many more.Read more about the RCL at Vanderbilt.edu and CommonTexts.org.. Click on "Find Related Songs" to search for worship songs for a given service. Nehemiah 3:1-5 Introduction Many Bible commentators and preachers just skip this passage. The point here would be to guard against hastily or carelessly saying something harmful. 16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! [14] Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. Then serious problems with ruling officials were highlighted—being unfit for their positions and licentiously indulging in feasting and drunkenness while failing to address needs, leading to national decay and vulnerability (verses 5-7, 16-19). Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. While the verse doesn’t carry all these various meanings, of course, they all seem plausible as they represent true ideas in any case. All rights reserved. Only dignitaries rode on horses, and yet here we see servants or slaves in this role, with princes walking on the ground as menials (verse 7). Even though life is risky, we shouldn’t let that stop us from living. The King James Version presents the serpent biting in verse 11 of Ecclesiastes 10, but instead of saying there is no good for a charmer in that, it says “the babbler is no better”—the latter word “better” being used instead of “profit” or “advantage” in the other interpretation. Still other commentators see both ideas in Ecclesiastes 10:8-9 Ecclesiastes 10:8-9 [8] He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. What benefit is … But by the second interpretation of verse 11, warning against being too hasty in speech, the verse would be giving another example of acting too quickly without proper forethought and preparation as in verse 10—and we should note that this is also the point of the next few verses, 12-14, so that verse 11 might well be grouped with these thematically. David stayed until it was no longer safe. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. Consider an untamed tongue being compared to a slithering uncharmed snake. Some commentators take the digging of a pit and breaking through a wall in verse 8 as doing something against other people—laying a trap or breaking into a home or establishment—and having this backfire (falling into the pit or getting bitten by a snake). And verse 14 shows the fool talking more and more, even when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, including acting like he knows how various matters will shake out, despite what we’ve seen about life’s unpredictability. While these could be literal problems caused by the avoidance of needed work, they are probably also metaphorical of problems in the ruling administration and in the nation as a whole, both compared to a building or house—consider the references in Scripture to the house of David and to the house of Israel and house of Judah. He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. Yet it could be even older. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Proverbs 20 – Wisdom, Weights, and Wickedness Proverbs 20:1. The NKJV interprets the KJV in saying “the babbler is no different.” This is saying that a person just talking and talking is no better than a snake not being charmed. 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