In the final analysis the battleground is, for each individual, within himself. Inevitably he gravitates toward the subjects of his thoughts. To do so is tantamount to adopting and going along with them. The word reins is used frequently in Psalms and in the famous passage in Job He knows that our individual faith must be tested in adversity as well as in serenity. Otherwise, that faith may not be sufficiently developed when a condition arises that can be met through faith alone. Other scriptures, however, suggest a different interpretation: bringing someone to repentance and godly sorrow through sharpening conscience.
Keil and F. Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament, The book of Ecclesiastes consists of reflections on some of the deepest problems of life, as they present themselves to the thoughtful observer. The epilogue Eccl. These verses are among those most often quoted from Ecclesiastes. They suggest that there is an appropriate time for everything that occurs in human life. Dunn quoted Ecclesiastes and commented:.
Would you note the sequence of events that will bring orderliness and happiness to your life. I quote from our prophet:. In any other sequence he could run into difficulty. They improved, their minds expanded, they received truth and intelligence, increased in the knowledge of the things of God, and bid fair to become full-grown men in Christ Jesus.
But some of them, when they had gained a little spiritual strength and knowledge, apparently stopped in their growth.
This was in the eastern country, and but a few years passed before the fruit-trees began to cease bearing fruit. These verses are the most positive in Ecclesiastes. The counsel given here is in the form of brief proverbs or wise sayings. And there is this wonderful passage in John. I rejoice in a helpmate who delights in keeping up our home. In this verse the Preacher comes close to the truth expressed in Doctrine and Covenants — The theme here is resignation to the will of God.
Become content by changing and controlling yourself and by refraining from doing wicked and foolish things.
quotes from Wisdom Collection: The Book of Wisdom: 'Only in the eyes of love you can find infinity.'. The Book of Wisdom was written about fifty years before the coming of Christ. Its author, whose name is not known to us, was probably a member of the Jewish.
Part of wisdom lies in changing what can be changed and in accepting what cannot. Do not fret, nor be so anxious about property, nor think that when you have gathered treasures, they alone will produce joy and comfort; for it is not so. The Lord gives the increase: he makes rich whom he pleases. This chapter is primarily a collection of proverbs. The unifying theme seems to be that without God life is vanity without purpose. Aside from their pessimistic outlook, these proverbs differ little from those in the book of Proverbs. Jesus taught that we can control our destiny.
We do have some influence on our circumstances as well as responsibility for how we respond to them. Our obligation is to do all we can and not just learn to be resigned to our lot.
We reap what we sow; we cast our bread on the waters and get a just return. Every good deed will have its reward, and every unworthy thought will register in some recess of the mind. This passage sounds negative, cynical, and without hope, but one must remember that the Preacher is speaking from the viewpoint of a man without God.
From the standpoint of the natural man, it is difficult to argue against Ecclesiastes. When a person puts his trust in things under the sun the things of the world , he finds no lasting spiritual benefits. Energy and labor expended, wisdom and knowledge acquired, fortune and prestige gained, goodness and virtue dispensed are empty without God and pointless in the eternal scheme of things without accompanying spiritual life.
The purpose of Ecclesiastes is not to grind us down between futility and despair but to help us remember that there is meaning only through God and keeping His commandments. Otherwise all is vanity. Lee, in Conference Report, Oct. In a related passage of scripture, Doctrine and Covenants —16 , the Lord states that the body and the spirit together make up the soul.
The separation of the body and the spirit is called death; their reuniting is called resurrection. This one verse gives meaning to the entire book of Ecclesiastes. Life need not be empty or useless, spent in pursuing riches, fame, pleasure, or even wisdom. This will serve as a bulwark to protect us against the winds and storms created by the tensions and uncertainties of present chaotic world conditions. We need not wait until we get to heaven to obtain peace and happiness.
We can have heaven on earth, here and now.
As you read the book of Proverbs and the book of Ecclesiastes, many gems of wisdom will attract your attention. Select the passages that are most important to you in your own pursuit of a more fulfilling life. Proverbs Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. Proverbs Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
Proverbs To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child. Ecclesiastes To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. Ecclesiastes For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.
Ecclesiastes Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance. Ecclesiastes The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. Colossians My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
James If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit , impartial and sincere. By John J. Collins, — Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, By David A. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, Harrington, Daniel J. By Daniel J. Harrington, 55— Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, Murphy, Roland E.
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