A man would give all that he has for his life, and it is particularly dear to him when he is in ease and affluence: but let each remember that, The light of the sun is at all times sweet and pleasant. and slain, for the worst of sinners; it makes manifest his However great are the sufferings of this life, however manifold is the vanity to which the world has been subjected since the day spoken of in Genesis 3, however sad are the circumstances of the time, it still remains true, that life is a good thing; and when a gloomy and depressing mood gets the upper hand in the Church, it is the task of the word of God to impress upon it this truth. When the clouds are full, it rains. Young people tend to be angry and resentful when things do not go the way they like. And how do you know that you are correct? will be the light of the latter day glory, and more especially Ecclesiastes 11:7 Translation & Meaning. (1-2) Working for a profit that can’t be immediately seen. This light irradiates the chambers of the soul, and thus enables reason to perform her high and important functions. God expects the believer to enjoy his or her physical life (Ecclesiastes ; 3:12,22; 5:18; 8:15). 2:9 ) ; and so is the light of joy and gladness to believers, the insufficiency of their righteousness, of all their own IV. When we find its directions specially suited to our circumstances. Eternal light. The Hebrew word translated “young” can mean “dawning” or refer to the dark hair of youth (as opposed to the gray hair of age). de Fals. Many beautiful instances will occur to every mind of men skilful and unremitting in business, yet liberal and kind in using their fortunes; and of those, too, who, having neither silver nor gold, have given such as they had to bless their race. prosperity; for, as afflictions are expressed by darkness, and 3. BY JAMES M. MACDONALD, D.D., PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY. [Psalms 34:12] I do, saith one; and I, saith another; and I, a third, &c., as St Augustine frames the answer. Above all, pray God to “send out His light and His truth,” that the light of His revealed will may be universally diffused, the light of His grace universally enjoyed. A light this that not only scatters moral darkness, and makes clear God and His universe, duty, and destiny, but quickens with the highest life all the faculties of the soul, and brings them out in harmony with the Divine will. IV. Intellectual light. The same results that follow sunshine in nature follow its moral image in a home. If we work at this quietly, we shall get our character into harmony; and the result of that is good-temper, sunlight in heart and home. The happiness, joy, and rejoicing which are admonished here are envisioned as taking place, even in the contemplation of death itself (the days of darkness), and in the full consciousness of the Eternal Judgment to come (Ecclesiastes 11:9). [1 Kings 20:32] "If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition," said that καλη και σοφη, that paragon of her time, Queen Esther. and peace? We might notice that our life seems to be filled with difficult things – difficult people, difficult situations, problems that are over our head, etc. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 (Read Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. 2. The Targum and Jarchi interpret it of the light of the law; VI. Looking beyond what can be seen. 1. 2. 1. Do you know what it means? Truly the light is sweet - Life is dear to every man as the light of the sun is to the eye. III. III. As social beings we are wondrously influenced by the character of the circle in which we move. God's countenance, ( Psalms 4:6 Psalms 4:7 ) ; and such the natural sun, shining at noon day, which is a luminous and The light of life, of a lightsome life especially. [1 Samuel 25:6] "Thus," said David to his messengers, "shall ye say to him that liveth," viz., in prosperity; which such a man as Nabal reckons the only life. not only of showing men their sinfulness, as the law does; but Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:26) The Teacher reflects on what he has learned about achievement, wealth, power, and other earthly pursuits. But there are other lights in life which are very “sweet.”. iii. And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life… The light of grace, 4. Note: Along with the call for earnest activity, is the call to enjoy life! "Walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes" (Ecclesiastes 11:9). (Psalms 23). and which is indeed a light, and so is the whole word of God, ( This verse should not be separated from the preceding. but not in the sight of thine eyes. who despises it, and reckons it foolishness, but to those who are This is one reason why light is conducive to health and length of life. Proud member All rights reserved. What said Christ? Our sorrows and our gloom are to a great extent the result of our shortcomings; but the light of grace is “truly sweet.”. light and day, which are very desirable and delectable: and here It shows what monuments of Divine forbearance we have been. marvellous, as well as what is the way a man should walk in: and 3. (Ecclesiastes 6:1-8:17) Life is good, but it can be even better. 1. It shines upon the balance-beam of judgment, and thus enables us correctly to decide. As with everything to do with the Bible or Quran or Tanakh, nobody knows what any of the verse means. Some are amiable by nature, all can be amiable by cultivation. To "see the sun", in the language of this book, is to live in this world, and to enjoy the light of the sun, and the comforts of life; see Ecclesiastes 7:11; and now a life, attended with outward prosperity and inward peace, that is spent in doing and enjoying good, is a very desirable and delightful one; though such a man should not think of living always, but of death, and the days of darkness, as in Ecclesiastes 11:8. Such are always cheerful, joyous people. So by the light of grace the sinner’s soul is renovated, strengthened, sanctified, and saved. 7-8. (J. Truly this light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is thus to behold the Lord God as our sun and shield. a joyful sound to their ears, and beautiful to their sight are This is the picture and these are the causes of a sunny home. It shows us the way to the throne of grace. Now, we move on to chapter 11 for our Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary. Light - of life (Ecclesiastes 7:11; Psalms 49:19). 11 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. If you would have sunlight in your home, see that you have work in it, that you work yourself and set others to work. i., p. 195. There is the “light” of a noble character. The Targum and Jarchi interpret it of the light of the law; and which is indeed a light, and so is the whole word of God, Proverbs 6:23, 2 Peter 1:19; but may be better applied unto the Gospel, which is a great and glorious light, Isaiah 9:2; and a means of enlightening dark minds; not only of showing men their sinfulness, as the law does; but the insufficiency of their righteousness, of all their own goodness and good works to justify; it reveals Christ, and the glories of his person; it sets him forth evidently, as crucified and slain, for the worst of sinners; it makes manifest his fulness, ability, and willingness, as a Saviour; righteousness, peace, pardon, and salvation by him; it makes known things not to be discerned by the light of nature, even things wonderful and marvellous, as well as what is the way a man should walk in: and this light is sweet and pleasant, not to a blind and carnal man, who despises it, and reckons it foolishness, but to those who are enlightened by the Spirit of God; and to these it is very delightful, even to all their senses; it is sweet to their taste, a joyful sound to their ears, and beautiful to their sight are the feet of them that bring its good tidings. Outline of the Book of Ecclesiastes . There are a lot of people for whom that is a philosophy. and glorious light, ( Isaiah 9:2 ) ( 2 A Poem on Youth - 11:7-10. 6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening (BL)withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves, &c. — Learn, O man, the practice of liberality from the very lifeless creatures, from the clouds; which, when they are filled with water, do not hoard it up, but plentifully pour it forth, for the refreshment both of the fruitful field and the barren wilderness. And we can only win it by daily sacrifice of the impulsive, impertinent, and selfish demands of our different qualities, appetites, and passions to be first. This subject will enable us to account for much of the darkness and distress of soul in which even true believers are at times involved. It is not the Expectation of living that makes Men infer the Reasonableness or Necessity of a Judgment, but the reasonableness and natural Expectation of Judgment which makes them infer the Necessity and Reality of a future Life.—SHERLOCK’S SERMONS, vol. Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14. "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." By good fellowship is not meant the fellowship of the wealthy, the fashionable, and the gay; but the society of men, the fountains of whose nature are pure, the thoughts of whose minds are fresh, true, and exhilarating, in whose conversation there flows ideas to enlighten, and humour to charm. Life is enjoyable, especially to the godly. Solomon had already advocated the enjoyment of life and responsible living in several of the preceding sections ( Ecclesiastes 2:24-26; Ecclesiastes 3:12-13; Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 5:18-19; Ecclesiastes 8:15; Ecclesiastes 9:7-10). And our sight, which Addison justly described as “the most perfect and delightful of all our senses,” has a universe of enjoyment peculiar to itself; and as all the pleasures of vision are dependent on light, and to a great extent on solar light, it may be emphatically said, in the language of the text, “Truly the light is sweet,” etc. The sweet light of life The light of the sun is at all times sweet and pleasant. It shows us ourselves. desirable than that, especially a life attended with prosperity It shows us God, too; not merely as the God of holiness and justice, but also as the God of mercy, grace, and love, who is ready to pardon our transgressions, receive us graciously, and love us freely. Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 Light is a symbol of the goodness of life or joy. It also shows us the world in its vanity and vexatiousness, its sinfulness and its sorrows; and it shows us heaven in its holiness and love, its glory and its blessedness. Any life is sweet; which made the Gibeonites make such a hard shift to live, though it were but to be hewers of wood and drawers of water. Inspired penmen frequently associate death with darkness (Job 3:5; Job 10:21-22; Psalms 23:4; Psalms 49:19; Psalms 88:12; Jeremiah 13:16); light with life (Job 33:28; Job 33:30; Psalms 56:13; Ecclesiastes 7:11). I. His beams not only reveal, but create ten thousand forms of beauty, that lift the soul to its highest moods of thought and admiration. 12. Now he stressed these points. On account of the transforming influence it exerts. By the light of heaven the sick are often restored to health, and the feeble frequently made strong. Ecclesiastes 11:3. Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: Truly — It cannot be denied that life is in itself desirable. Deane defined this second remedy for the perplexities of life as, "Cheerfulness, a spirit that enjoys the present time, with a chastened regard to the future. Sap. be discerned by the light of nature, even things wonderful and Truly its light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold its sun. When we first derive therefrom a soul-gladdening hope of salvation. Here begins a new subject, as most think; and some here begin the "The light is pleasant"-i.e. Scriptural light. To none is the light of life so sweet as to those who, being delivered from selfishness and misanthropy, spend life in diligence and benevolence. As Our Lord said, "Your joy no man taketh from you." 3. nature with pleasure, walk in the way without stumbling, and do Such are always cheerful, joyous people. II. which at first is small, but increases, is exceeding pleasant, this light is sweet and pleasant, not to a blind and carnal man, It assures us that personal religion is a truly blessed thing. Verse 2 refers, likely, to an eye condition such as glaucoma. There is the “light” of an amiable temper. 2. In fact, joy is impossible apart from the rational and enlightened knowledge and considerations of those future realities. glorious body, communicating light and heat to all the world: Ecclesiastes is wisdom literature in regard to kind of a big picture of life. Vexation is a word that combines the thoughts of anger and resentment. Ecclesiastes 1-2 The Search For Meaning | Ecclesiastes. It cannot be denied that this present life (which is called light, Job 3:20 33:30 Psalms 56:13, and which is expressed synecdochically, by seeing the sun, Ecclesiastes 6:5 7:11) is in itself a great blessing, and very desirable; but it is not perpetual nor satisfactory; which is here implied and expressed hi the next verse. in Vita Anaxag. 5. It is sweet--. Lactant. First, Remove vexation from your mind (Ecclesiastes 11:10a RSV). Ecclesiastes 11:7-10. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Hence fear often vanishes at the dawn of day. Plenty of people, if you said to them, Is there a real, ultimate meaning to life? This is true of natural light, which is exceeding pleasant, useful, and beneficial; by which men discern objects, behold the things of nature with pleasure, walk in the way without stumbling, and do the work and business of life: and also of civil light or prosperity; for, as afflictions are expressed by darkness, and adversity by night; so the comforts and good things of life by light and day, which are very desirable and delectable: and here "life" itself may be meant, for light is sometimes put for life, which is the light of the living; and what sweeter and more desirable than that, especially a life attended with prosperity and peace? As saved sinners, made clean by the blood of Christ, endowed with the hope of eternal glory, assured that nothing, absolutely nothing, past, present or future, shall be able to separate us from the love of God that passeth all understanding - regardless of disease, or poverty, or persecution, whatever the evil world may have given us, let the child of God rejoice all the days of life and go down to the grave rejoicing in the hope of glory! The last meaning seems most in harmony with the dominant tone of the book, and has parallels in the teaching of moralists who have given counsel based on like data. Jenkinson. Light is sweet in itself. is] for the eyes to behold the sun; .'. This must be viewed as a license for sensuality and debauchery. I. Were the world to be henceforth deprived of this, how large a curtailment of human comfort, industry, commerce, study, and even divine worship, would be thereby occasioned through the half of every year! the feet of them that bring its good tidings. beneficial; by which men discern objects, behold the things of xxix., p. 214. 2. II. ) ; but may be better applied unto the Gospel, which is a great There is the “light” of redemptive truth. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. If you’re using one of our church Bibles, (which you’re free to take with you if you don’t own a Bible), you will find today’s text on page 359. Reference: Ecclesiastes 11:7.—F. Life is enjoyable, especially to the godly. see ( Job 33:28 Job 33:30 ) ( 3:20 ) ( 2:4 ) ( Psalms 34:12 California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 2. O. Morris, Christian World Pulpit, vol. A countenance beaming with good nature has often dispelled the gloom of a disheartened man and carried sunshine into his heart. the work and business of life: and also of civil light or 11:7-8 Ecclesiastes, chapter 11, let’s begin with vv7-8: 7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. In the noble hymn of Cleanthes to Zeus (18) we have the Stoic view in language presenting a striking parallel to that of Ecclesiastes 7:13-14. Proverbs Life is just not good of itself, but it is to be savored with enthusiasm, as one might enjoy honey. To none is the light of life so sweet as to those who, being delivered from selfishness and misanthropy, spend life in diligence and benevolence. glories of his person; it sets him forth evidently, as crucified It is this light which illumines the closet of memory, and thus enables us to review the bygone, recall the past, and revivify the dead. Light is sweet on account of the manifold and varied beauties, magnificence, and grandeur which it unveils to us. it is good to be alive. The Teacher relates his life experience from his search for meaning. Ecclesiastes is a phonetic transliteration of the Greek word Ἐκκλησιαστής (Ekklesiastes), which in the Septuagint translates the Hebrew name of its stated author, Kohelet (קֹהֶלֶת). 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. natural light, which is exceeding pleasant, useful, and Ecclesiastes 7:8-10. [Ecclesiastes 7:3] (a) Ebedmelech is promised "his life for a prey"; [Jeremiah 39:18] and so is Barak, as a sufficient reward of that good service he had done in reading the roll, for the which he expected some great preferment. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Enduring Word Bible Commentary Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 Ecclesiastes 11 – Towards True Wisdom A. Eg ‘man are created in the image of god’. The only reason that one can enjoy this life in view of all the cynical things that can happen here, is to have one"s mind fixed on God and eternal life. Solomon (the author) describes the endless amounts of wealth, pleasure, wisdom,... 10/21/17 … It shows the necessity of faith. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. The floating light in the chamber of the invalid cheers his solitary midnight hours. It is that freedom is given to each member of the house to grow and express their growth in acts and words, freedom within the limits necessary for the pleasure and good of the rest. Many beautiful instances will occur to every mind of men skilful and unremitting in business, yet liberal and kind in using their fortunes; and of those, too, who, having neither silver nor gold, have given such as they had to bless their race. ) . By: Sam Storms (1) Solomon's search in life for the key to life ... (4) The joys and frustrations of wealth (5) The enjoyment of life (6) The meaning of living by faith. ecclesiastes 11 7 niv, THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES EXPLAINED. "I pray thee let me live," live upon any terms, said Benhadad, in his submissive message to that merciful nonsuch. It may be born with a man in whom the elements are kindly mixed; but for the most part it has to be won. His sunlight is love and work; and if we would abide with Him, we must love and we must work. It is its very flower; it is the essence of Christ's teaching set to music in daily life. Is sweet. 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, c how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are d in the hand of God. 7:7-10 The event of our trials and difficulties is often better than at first we thought. In all these, and in numerous other ways, it is a source of blessedness to us. But it does not leave us thus. which is the light of the living; and what sweeter and more When we find its promises specially suited to our wants. Sunlight comes with work. To this light, too, we are indebted for the power of being able rationally to love, and thus to partake the sweetness of social converse and domestic joy. Nothing enhances and glorifies life on earth any more than an invariably cheerful disposition, not only for him that is fortunate enough to possess it, but also for all of them whom his life may touch. which is so glorious and so pleasant to behold, that Anaxagoras, (2) Colour. The light of grace, which appears in first conversion, and comes from God suddenly, which at first is small, but increases, is exceeding pleasant, strikes the soul with delight and wonder; it is marvellous light, 1 Peter 2:9; and so is the light of joy and gladness to believers, when it arises to them after a time of darkness, or the light of God's countenance, Psalm 4:6; and such will be the light of the latter day glory, and more especially the light of the heavenly state; and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun; the natural sun, shining at noon day, which is a luminous and glorious body, communicating light and heat to all the world: which is so glorious and so pleasant to behold, that Anaxagoras, the philosopher, being asked what he was born for, answered, "to see the heavens, the sun, and the moonF20Laert. All that cometh is vanity. The sight of the lighthouse is always grateful to the imperilled mariner. 2. p. 1094. Surely it is better to be patient in spirit, than to be proud and hasty. Heaven is emphatically termed, “The inheritance of the saints in light.” “There shall be no night there.” In closing we remark--. S. A. Brooke, The Spirit of the Christian Life, p. 204. peace, pardon, and salvation by him; it makes known things not to 4. Light is sweet on account of the cheerfulness and confidence which it inspires. The first segment (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 [7] Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: [8] But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. The Christ himself said, "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven" (Matthew 5:11). That which sight is to the body, faith is to the soul, Light may be around us in all its beauty and effulgence, but without the power of vision we can make no discoveries thereby. Glorious orb! V. Spiritual light. Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light [is] sweet Here begins a new subject, as most think; and some here begin the twelfth and last chapter, and not improperly. &c. "What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days that he may see good?" Pity those who are in darkness. goodness and good works to justify; it reveals Christ, and the I. Good-temper is the result of a well-ordered character, in which each quality is so tempered as to act well with the rest, and to minister to the rightful and easy activity of the whole. Duane A. Garrett, in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (New American Commentary), provides the following interpretations. delightful, even to all their senses; it is sweet to their taste, Gloom and dread are usually spirits of darkness. of Moreover, it shows us Christ as the brightness of His Father’s glory, God over all, blessed for ever. True meaning in life is found by mature Christians by following Solomon's advice to remember the Creator and to spend the rest of one's life on this earth honoring the … This verse should not be separated from the preceding. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. 2. to the young: rejoice responsibly - vv. IV. And some good interpreters are of the opinion, that the Preacher in this verse brings in the carnal churl objecting, or replying for himself against the former persuasions to acts of charity. 119:105 ) ( 2 Peter 1:19 There is the “light” of good fellowship. “The commandment is a lamp, and the law is light.” “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” By this light we discern our characters and their shortcomings; our hearts and their desperate wickedness; our sad deserts and our terrific prospects. This is the best of all the lights. Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 by Julian Wu Qohelet teaches the youth to rejoice all the days of their life and to remember God the creator before the days of suffering, ageing, and death. Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.". the philosopher, being asked what he was born for, answered. The smallest flower shines, and enjoys, and expands in sunlight; the smallest child gives forth its special colour, and scent, and charm, and good in a home which is warm and bright with love. The light that lights it is the same light that enlightens the life of God. Ah! How abundant, how varied, how precious, how suitable, and how gratuitous are God’s bestowments. 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