This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. travail = toil, as connected with trouble, sorrow. (1) The comfortless oppression of man under the sun. Assuming, as Koheleth does in this discussion, from Ecclesiastes 3:22, that there is no future life, he is prepared to suggest that jealousy of one another is the main cause of men’s efforts in life. כשרון is employed in the sense of "skill, ability," here also.—That this is the envy of a man from his neighbour:—the end of the whole matter is that a man is envied by his neighbour; Vulgate, "eum patere invidae proximi." "I considered all the living," the present generation, in relation to ("with") the "second youth" (the "legitimate successor" of the "old king," as opposed to the "poor youth," the one first spoken of, about to be raised from poverty to a throne), that is, Rehoboam. I believe that many of us have experienced the above. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4. Every Zopyrus shall be sure to have his Zoilus. Ecclesiastes 4 is the fourth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. III. When wilt thou arise out of sleep? A workaholic may never enjoy the fruitage of his labor and all his or her work may become as fruitless as chasing after the wind. (See Note on Ecclesiastes 2:21. vexation, &c. = feeding on wind. Ecclesiastes 4:5. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. Still the fool, the wicked oppressor who "folds his hands together" ( Proverbs 6:10 , 24:33 ), in idleness, living on the means he wrongfully wrests from others, is not to be envied even in this life; for such a one eateth his own flesh--that is, is a self-tormentor, never satisfied, his spirit preying on itself ( Isaiah 9:20 , 49:26 ). In the Israelite’s historical books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles, the documents claim that Solomon, King of Israel was granted one request by God himself. Chapter 4 deals mainly with the inequalities of life and Solomon bemoans the terrible acts of oppression, the shocking discrimination and the lust to control the minds of others, by certain individuals... that seemed to characterise the days of Solomon, and is so prevalent in today's society. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. All rights reserved. Eateth his own flesh; wasteth his substance, and bringeth himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pineth away for want of bread, and he is reduced to skin and bone; and if he have any flesh left, he is ready to eat it through extremity of hunger. Even in friendly rivalry this may play a larger part than we think----for we can bear to be outclassed for some of the time and by some people, but not too regularly or too profoundly", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. Hengstenberg translates skill. BSPon Ecclesiastes 4:1 Verse 6-chasing after the wind is futile because you can't catch the wind. Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" 1 comment Ecc6: Here is an evil: to have wealth and honour but not to enjoy them. 14. out of prison--Solomon uses this phrase of a supposed case; for example, Joseph raised from a dungeon to be lord of Egypt. David's elevation from poverty and exile, under Saul (which may have been before Solomon's mind), had so far their counterpart in that of Jeroboam. Devotion to Business springs from Jealous Competition, — Jealousy is here a more fitting term than envy, for envy relates to what is now in possession, jealousy to what is now in process of acquirement. That would be an incorrect thought: whereas it is a demonstrated truth that "men envy the happy." See Proverbs 27:4. Again I considered all travail — Hebrew כל עמל, all the labour, toil, or trouble, which men undertake or undergo; and every right work — All the worthy designs of virtuous men; that for this a man is envied of his neighbour — Instead of that honour and recompense which he deserves, he meets with nothing but envy, and obloquy, and many evil fruits thereof. Everything in the world, in and of itself, is … 3 comments Ecc5: Do not make rash vows before God. 4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. Ecclesiastes 5:9 "Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king [himself] is served by the field." 1 Unusual skill, talent and success seem only to expose a man to envy and ill will from his neighbor. Colossians 4:1 "Masters, give unto [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." 1. returned--namely, to the thought set forth ( Ecclesiastes 3:16 , Job 35:9 ). Mirth. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. In addition, how many of us have inherently linked our personal worth with our economic worth? It is of course better to be envied than pitied, but still envy with all the hostile and pernicious acts flowing therefrom, and which frequently bring about the ruin of their object, is a great evil, and it is no small consolation for a man who, like Israel at the time, finds himself in an unenviable position, to know that he is not exposed to this torment. For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. Earnests, however, are often even now given, by partial judgments of the future, to assure us, in spite of difficulties, that God governs the earth. All this expenditure of strength and art has covetousness and envy, with which one seeks to surpass another, as its poisoned sting. The verb also is frequently used to denote envy or jealousy of advantages. In order to avoid envy we may not throw ourselves into the arms of inactivity. Looking with jealous envy on the successful rivals of their struggles, and with scorn on those less fortunate, who are contented with a more modest lot, III. 1 Jun 2012. Ties of union, marriage, friendship, religious communion, are better than the selfish solitariness of the miser ( Genesis 2:18 ). is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. In Isaiah 11:13, קנאת אפרים is the jealousy felt by Ephraim of Judah, who was preferred: in Ecclesiastes 9:6, of this book, envy is conjoined with hatred. Right work — All the worthy designs of virtuous men. I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him. Every right work; all the worthy designs and complete works of wise and virtuous men. Read this chapter in full. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 4 « Previous Chapter 3. 1 But I returned and saw all the oppressed who are made [so] under the sun, and behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they have no consoler, and from the hand of their oppressors there is power, but they have no consoler. So, in these chapters we get a good cross-section of issues of life and how to approach them. 1. returned--namely, to the thought set forth ( Ecclesiastes 3:16, Job 35:9). I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.". A Time for Everything. However, man may take comfort in the knowledge that kings too, are subject to a higher power. (1-11) Human wisdom insufficient. To devour one's own flesh is to work one's own ruin (compare Isaiah 49:20). This is also vanity. 12. one--enemy. "First, the competitive urge….We may quibble if we will, and remind him (Solomon) of such people as solitary castaways or needy peasants, who toil simply to keep alive, or those artists who really love perfection for its own sake; but the fact remains that all too much of our hard work and high endeavor is mixed with the craving to outshine or not to be outshone. here and in Ecclesiastes 2:21 by ἀνδρέα, virtus. BIBLE SUMMARY MAIN PAGE. It shoul… (Calmet), "And I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This [is] also vanity and vexation of spirit. The margin gives here the true sense, or at least the better. Wherever we turn, we see melancholy proofs of the wickedness and misery of mankind, who try to create trouble to themselves and to each other. MIRACLES & WONDERS IN BIBLE. In Ecclesiastes 4-5 the Preacher wants to talk to us about the following subjects: oppression, work, companionship, wisdom, God, riches, and enjoying life. All is unprofitable as to the attainment of that happiness which all men are inquiring after. New International Version Update. 10. if they fall--if the one or other fall, as may happen to both, namely, into any distress of body, mind, or soul. (18-26) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. Notwithstanding their now worshipping the rising sun, the heir-apparent, I reflected that "there were no bounds, no stability ( 2 Samuel 15:6 , 20:1 ), no check on the love of innovation, of all that have been before them," that is, the past generation; so also they that come after--that is, the next generation, shall not rejoice in him--namely, Rehoboam. will no more be admonished--knows not yet how to take warning (see Margin) God had by Ahijah already intimated the judgment coming on Solomon ( 1 Kings 11:11-13 ). The margin gives here the true sense, or at least the better, This springs from a man’s jealousy towards his neighbour. According to the contrast here drawn pips must refer to the labour, the activity itself, and not to the result. In this case too, he concludes that kingly power confers no lasting happiness. The "threefold cord" ( Ecclesiastes 4:12 ) of social ties suggests the subject of civil government. From the sad lot of victims innocently suffering from tyrannical persecution and oppression (1–3), the description proceeds directly to the more lucky but not more innocent condition of persons consumed with envy, dissatisfaction, and jealousy, and who with toilsome efforts chase after the treasures of this earth. Hebrew; "One open hand (palm) full of quietness, than both closed hands full of travail." It grieved Solomon to see might prevail against right. The root meaning of the word is “thus pointing to what is hidden in the distant future or in the distant past.”[1] Therefore, in some passages the word refers to something in the distant past or future. Being thus hardly used, men are tempted to hate and despise life. That for this a man is envied of his neighbour.] Ecclesiastes, Part 4: The Vanity of Both Wealth and Poverty. Even success by skill brings no solid satisfaction. Ecclesiastes 4. If it be, as I think it is, we have grave need to take the Preacher’s warning. Ecclesiastes Chapter 1. 4.A man is envied — Jealousy is here a more fitting term than envy, for envy relates to what is now in possession, jealousy to what is now in process of acquirement. 2 And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. If your heart is in the house of mourning – if you consider the end of your life and let that sober reality sink in and act on that reality – then you’re in good company. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. The parallel, "shall not rejoice," fixes the sense of "no bounds," no permanent adherence, though now men rejoice in him. the changes of royalty. Then further, the connection with Ecclesiastes 4:5-6 is decisive against this view. Perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, Ecclesiastes 4:4, he, like a fool, runs into the other extreme. in his stead--the old king's. This too is vanity and striving after wind. The title “Ecclesiastes” comes from a Greek word indicating a person who calls an assembly, so it makes sense that the author identified himself in Ecclesiastes 1:1 by Chapter 4. Ecclesiastes chapter 4; 4:1-3 - The power of wealthy people; 4:4-6 - Jealous and lazy attitudes; 4:7-8 - Work that never satisfies; 4:9-12 - Advantages of love and friendship; 4:13-16 - The weakness of people’s support Ecclesiastes chapter 5; 5:1-3 - Foolish and wise prayers; 5:4-7 - Promises to God; 5:8-9 - Responsibilities towards poor people This is another piece of life’s vanity; that, as greater men will lie heavy upon you and oppress you, so meaner men will be envying at you and oppose you: as Cain did Abel, Saul’s courtiers did David; the peers of Persia, Daniel; the Scribes and Pharisees, our Saviour. The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter— On the side of their oppressors there is power, But they have no comforter. This springs from a man’s jealousy towards his neighbour. a. Industries, or Hebrew, "righteous actions." This is speaking of a person working hard and becoming a success, and then, his neighbors become envious of his success. . To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "For this a man is envied of his neighbor", Again I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour, I. 3. And really – what more is there to life? Is envied of his neighbour; instead of that honour and recompence which he deserves, he meets with nothing but envy and obloquy, and many evil fruits thereof. Chapter 4. I just seems that whenever we get something really nice, someone tries to shoot us down or find a flaw in our selection. Chapter 4 Tears for Fears Ecclesiastes considers how many people there are who live their whole lives suffering, oppressed by the higher-ups, and who never get their tears wiped away. on StudyLight.org This too is vanity and striving after wind. The illustration hereby induced of the value of closer social connection of men and harmonious co-operation of their powers to one end (9–12) leads to the closing reflection; this is devoted to the distress and disaster of the highest circles of human society, acknowledging the fate even of the most favoured pets of fortune, such as the occupants of princely or kingly thrones, to be uncertain and liable to a reverse, and thus showing that. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16. Ecclesiastes 1:4 (NAS95S) The Hebrew word that is translated as “forever” is HOLAM. Being thus hardly used, men are … no comforter--twice said to express continued suffering without any to give comfort ( Isaiah 53:7 ). Let’s look at the passage surrounding Ecclesiastes 4:16 to put it into context. V. The sentence against the vanity of all earthly things necessarily extends even to the greatest and most powerful of earth (13–16). Wherever we turn, we see melancholy proofs of the wickedness and misery of mankind, who try to create trouble to themselves and to each other. Ecclesiastes 4:4. A vanity described in Ecclesiastes 4:8 . Next » Chapter 5. The lover of money never has enough. 4. Derived from כשר, "rectus fuit," it is used partly of "skill, ability in action," and partly of the "fortunate results "thereof. But the remark here is of activity and skill now at work, so that jealousy is the true word. Solomon asked for wisdom rather than riches, power, or glory. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16—Read the Bible online or download free. If one be poor, he is in distress; if rich, he is exposed to envy; so that all is vanity. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. The feeling expressed in Ecclesiastes 4:5-6 (the latter confirming the interpretation just given of the former) is such as we may think of as rising in the mind of an ambitious statesman or artist striving after fame, as he looks on the dolce far niente of a lazzarone at Naples, half-naked, basking in the sun, and revelling in the enjoyment of his water-melon. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? wisdom and knowledge and Kishron. a. There follow after, the words: "and to a man who has not laboured therein must he give it." ς, betrays himself as a Jew. troubles from envy. becometh poor--rather, "though he (the youth) was born poor in his kingdom" (in the land where afterwards he was to reign). CHAPTER 4. Untwist the cord, and the separate threads are easily "broken.". that is done under the sun. 2. Devotion to Business springs from Jealous Competition: (a) Let us glance once more at the several symptoms we have already heard him discuss, and consider whether or not they accord with the results of our own observation and experience, is it true, then-or, rather, is it not true-that our devotion to business is becoming excessive and exhausting, and that this devotion springs mainly from our jealous rivalry and competition with each other? Who, in consequence of this very wealth, run the risk of falling into a helpless, joyless, and isolated condition, destitute of friends and adherents, IV. It aggravates the baseness of the envy, that it is on the part of one's own neighbour. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called '(the) Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. Miseries from oppression. {See Trapp on "Proverbs 27:4"}. The vanity and vexation of mirth, sensual pleasure, riches, and pomp. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. His words are at the same time so framed by the Holy Ghost that they answer virtually to Jeroboam, who fled to escape a "prison" and death from Solomon, to Shishak of Egypt ( 1 Kings 11:40 ). See note on Ecclesiastes 1:14. If religion were not taken into account ( Ecclesiastes 3:17 Ecclesiastes 3:19 ), to die as soon as possible would be desirable, so as not to suffer or witness "oppressions"; and still more so, not to be born at all ( Ecclesiastes 7:1 ). Ecclesiastes 2 A Study in Ecclesiastes Table of Contents Lesson 1: Introduction Lesson 2: Chapter 1 – Vanity of vanities, all is vanity Lesson 3: Chapter 2 – The wisest and the richest still lose Lesson 4: Chapter 3:1-15 – To everything there is a season (turn, turn, turn) Lesson 5: Chapter 3:16 – 4:12 – Oppression, toil, and friendship IV. Verses 1-3 It grieved Solomon to see might prevail against right. But the remark here is of activity and skill now at work, so that jealousy is the true word. 1. We buy a new car, home, etc…, only to find someone trying to find fault with our choice. 6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. Chapter 5 vs.7: For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also divers vanities: but fear thou God. It is good to find enjoyment in life. Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. That for this a man is envied of his neighbour. Read this chapter in full. The only effect of that would be to ruin ourselves. This unconscious presaging of his own doom, and that of Rehoboam, constitutes the irony. II. A profane sentiment if severed from its connection; but just in its bearing on Solomon's scope. Is it not as accurate a delineation of our life as it could be of any ancient form of life? What is gained by toil? The principal passage is Proverbs 6:9-11 : "How long wilt thou lie, O sluggard? ), Ecclesiastes 4:4. Futility Of Life Without God. The "wise" child, though a supposed case of Solomon, answers, in the event foreseen by the Holy Ghost, to Jeroboam, then a poor but valiant youth, once a "servant" of Solomon, and ( 1 Kings 11:26-40 ) appointed by God through the prophet Ahijah to be heir of the kingdom of the ten tribes about to be rent from Rehoboam. What profit — What real and abiding benefit? Ecclesiastes emphasises the importance of maintaining a fear of the Lord. Assuming, as Koheleth does in this discussion, from, , that there is no future life, he is prepared to suggest that jealousy of one another is the main cause of men’s. Then they saw the need of delay, before completely punishing the wicked, to give space for repentance, or else for accumulation of wrath ( Romans 2:15 ); and before completely rewarding the godly, to give room for faith and perseverance in tribulation ( Psalms 92:7-12 ). Chapter 5 vs. 4: When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 4:1-3. (12-17) This world to be used according to the will of God. . Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. efforts in life. What do the wise gain over fools? Resuming our presentation of Solomon’s Ecclesiastes here with chapter 6, as we have already explained, there are going to be times when we shall necessarily repeat ourselves, because the work itself is quite repetitive in nature. 4. right--rather, "prosperous" which men so much covet, is the very source of provoking oppression ( Ecclesiastes 4:1 ) and "envy," so far is it from constituting the chief good. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Of his neighbour. Proud member 16. So the tenth commandment. "Vanity and empty effort" are not usually predicated of labours winch are morally worthless, but of such as bring no advantage (compare Ecclesiastes 2:17). Looking with jealous envy on the successful rivals of their struggles, and with scorn on those less fortunate, who are contented with a more modest lot (4–6).—Then follow reflections regarding the happiness of such persons as have risen through the abundance of their goods to a distinguished and influential position in human society, but. : aemulatio qua unus prae altero eminere studet . Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Even in friendly rivalry this may play a larger part than we think----for we can bear to be outclassed for some of the time and by some people, but not too regularly or too profoundly" (Kidner p. 45). child--"son or brother," put for any heir ( Deuteronomy 25:5-10 ). Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. Among the examples in proof of the imperfection and inconstancy of earthly happiness which the Preacher communicates in the above section from the rich treasures of his own experience we find the relation of an ascending grade from lower to higher and more brilliant conditions of happiness. "First, the competitive urge….We may quibble if we will, and remind him (Solomon) of such people as solitary castaways or needy peasants, who toil simply to keep alive, or those artists who really love perfection for its own sake; but the fact remains that all too much of our hard work and high endeavor is mixed with the craving to outshine or not to be outshone. One need not be surprised at oppression on every rung of the governmental ladder. The "old and foolish king" answers to Solomon himself, who had lost his wisdom, when, in defiance of two warnings of God ( 1 Kings 3:14 , 9:2-9 ), he forsook God. 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