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About Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher.(speaking of Solomon), the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities. All is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What profit has a man of all his labour which he takes under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passes away and another generation comes but the earth abides forever.(word 'forever').

Ecclesiastes 1:5-7 The sun also arises and the sun goes down and hastes to his place where he arose. The wind goes toward the south and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually and the wind returns again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea yet the sea is not full. Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour.(original 'grow weary', as it may seem, from the endless repetition). Man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be and that which is done is that which shall be done and there is no new thing under the sun.

The ways of the Creator always work, that is, they always without fail produce what He intends (*); all that is has come from all that ever was and ever shall be; it's an unfolding and recycling.

Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It has been already of old time, which was before us. 

Ecclesiastes 1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

Ecclesiastes 1:12 I, this Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.(speaking of Solomon, David's son; Solomon benefited many with his wisdom and wealth, such as the queen of Sheba).

Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven. This sore travail.(arduous work).has God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith..(also Ecclesiastes 3:9,10)

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight. And that which is wanting.(or, lacking).cannot be numbered.

Ecclesiastes 1:16,17 I communed with mine own heart.(contemplation, meditation), saying, Lo, I am come to great estate and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem.(he lived the good and he lived the bad). Yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. And I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness.(a reckless state of mind).and folly. I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief. And he that increaseth knowledge increases sorrow.(because he more clearly sees how things are in the world).

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure. And, behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad. And of mirth, What doeth it? I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-6 I made me great works. I builded me houses. I planted me vineyards. I made me gardens and orchards and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits. I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees.

Ecclesiastes 2:7-10 I got me servants and maidens and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me. I gathered me also silver and gold and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces. I gat me men singers and women singers and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments and that of all sorts. So I was great and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy, for my heart rejoiced in all my labour. And this was my portion of all my labour.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought and on the labour that I had laboured to do and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom and madness and folly, for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

Ecclesiastes 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.

Generally, mankind has been in the mass mind; they all end up at death, that was the thinking of the Old Testament, still true today for those of ordinary consciousness, but it's different for those coming into higher consciousness.

Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to me and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

He had an advantage in this life, that of having wisdom, but in the end, he saw he would go to the grave like all else he knew back then.

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever, seeing that which now is in the days to come, shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? As the fool.

Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me, for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun, because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.(Rehoboam was Solomon's son and he was more than a fool:.1Kings 12:1-20; Solomon, his dad, wrote this great book of Ecclesiastes).

Ecclesiastes 2:19 And who knows whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom and in knowledge and in equity.(original 'honest', 'helpful', 'good success'), yet to a man that has not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:22,23 For what has man of all his labour and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he has laboured under the sun? For all his days are sorrows and his travail grief, yea, his heart takes not rest in the night. This is also vanity..(he's saying that life just isn't that great {Ecclesiastes 4:1-3; 5:10-20}, so make the best of what you got; life gets better once on the high consciousness road and Solomon finally came to see it that way)

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God..(Ecclesiastes 3:12,13,22; 4:6

Ecclesiastes 2:25 For who can eat or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom and knowledge and joy. But to the sinner.(those out of sync with the way that would produce good for him).he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.(for those presently on the wrong side of life).

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 To every thing there is a season.(original has 'fitting time'; in other words, a proper time to do each thing; ask for wisdom:.James 1:5).and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born. A time to die. A time to plant. A time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill.(harvesting time of animals and crops). A time to heal.(when ill it takes time to heal, the less the more rest one can get). A time to break down. A time to build up..(shows us that life is for learning about ourselves; why it is the ways we are)

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep. A time to laugh. A time to mourn. A time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:5-8 A time to cast away stones. A time to gather stones together. A time to embrace. A time to refrain from embracing. A time to get. A time to lose. A time to keep. A time to cast away. A time to rend. A time to sew. A time to keep silence. A time to speak. A time to love. A time to hate.(original 'as against an enemy, as in war'). A time of war. A time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profit has he that works in that wherein he labours? 

Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it..(also Ecclesiastes 1:13)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in his time. Also he has set the world in their heart.(*), so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end..

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in his time. Also he has set the world.(*).in their heart, so that.(or, as a result).no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.(?)...(because the ego level, which all mankind has been in is a non spiritual level; the only one coming here with a higher consciousness from the start was the Creator Himself in the physical person of the one we call Christ, the One born of the spirit and not as were the rest of us, born of the Earth and made to 'find' our Creator; to help us {Hebrews 2:18} unfold into the spiritual, one had to fully experience life as human so that he had information for choices)

Ecclesiastes 3:12.(as from the original) Know good; rejoice and be glad and do good in your life..(Ecclesiastes 7:18)

Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labour. It is the gift of God..(the Creator gives gifts)

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there..(original paraphrased.'In the place where light.{higher consciousness things}.and righteousness.{justice, equity, fairness}.was expected, there was all sorts of wickedness.')

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked.(Ecclesiastes 7:14). For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Solomon, the writer here, wanted men to awaken to see themselves as they are and seek for something better than the ordinary consciousness they are in

Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them; as the one dies so dies the other; yea, they have all one breath, so that a man has no preeminence above a beast.(speaking here of physicality, because), for all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 All go unto one place, all are of the dust and all turn to dust again..(something has got to be better than this)

Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?

Ecclesiastes 3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works.(Ecclesiastes 2:24), for that is his portion, for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun and behold the tears of such as were oppressed and they had no comforter. On the side of their oppressors there was power but they had no comforter.

Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.

or better.'I praised the dead, because they were dead and out of this life, more than the living which were still here and living it'

Ecclesiastes 4:3 Yea, better is he than both they which has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail.(toil and trouble).and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king who will no more be admonished.

Ecclesiastes 4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them. They also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools.(speaking without first thinking circumspectly; many people say much, but fail in practicality by avoiding carrying out what they may have spouted), for they.(such fools as these were like the Pharisees in Emmanuel's time).consider not that they do evil.(Proverbs 14:12).

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth and let not your heart be hasty to utter anything before God. For God is in heaven and you upon earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream comes through the multitude of business and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

Dreams are sometimes alerts that you are just too busy and the business is beginning to take you further from God; are the 4 disciplines suffering?

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When you vow a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay that which you have vowed.(keep your word).

Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not your mouth to cause your flesh to sin; neither say you before the angel, that it was an error. Wherefore should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not your mouth to cause your flesh to sin; neither say you before the angel.(your angel is always watching and noting and learning and so we should be watching what we say, as words have power to lift up or to depress), that it was an error.(like 'I didn't mean to do this', which is a comment from a person not in touch with himself, a person not being circumspect, a stupid non thinking person; of course you meant to do what you did or it couldn't have happened 1, 2, 3). Wherefore should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?.(because in not realizing this you would be dummer than a bag of frozen hammers).(?)

Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers.vanities, but fear thou God.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor and violent perverting of judgment and justice.(corruption of justice).in a province, marvel not at the matter.(Habakkuk 1:1-4), for he that is higher than the highest.(of the land:.Isaiah 55:8).regards it.(meaning God), who is always higher than they.(meaning God is always in charge of all and anything in His creation).

Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all.(*). The king himself is served by the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loves abundance with increase; this is also vanity..(this also is vanity means to be occupied in work that is burdensome, troublesome and displeasing to the heart:.Ecclesiastes 2:22-24)

Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?.(Adam Clarke's Commentary:."When goods increase note that an increase of property always brings an increase of expense, often by a multitude of servants and the owner really possesses no more and probably enjoys much less than he did when every day provided its own bread and could lay up no store for the next. But if he have more enjoyment his cares are multiplied and he has no kind of profit.").

Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not suffer.(allow).him to sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.(Luke 16:19-26).

Ecclesiastes 5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail and he begets a son and there is nothing in his hand.

Ecclesiastes 5:15 As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.

Ecclesiastes 5:16,17 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go. And what profit has he that has laboured for the wind? All his days also he eats in darkness.(because he has been addicted to the prosperity of fools he has remained at the low consciousness ego level of existence).and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen, it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives him, for it is his portion.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth and has given him power to eat thereof and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labour, this is the gift of God..(*)

Ecclesiastes 5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answers him in the joy of his heart..(once spiritual, the past hurts are dissolved as spirituality is always with the mind that lives in present time)

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is common among men. 

Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God has given riches, wealth and honour, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eats it. This is vanity and it is an evil disease.

Ecclesiastes 6:4 For he comes in with vanity and departs in darkness and his name shall be covered with darkness.

Ecclesiastes 6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good. Do not all go to one place?

Ecclesiastes 6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Ecclesiastes 6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?.(also on 'vanity', see above verses from Ecclesiastes 5:9 to 6:2)

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life.(*), all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow? For who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?.(without factual knowledge that is spiritual, mankind is in for a helter-skelter life)
 

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