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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 12:9


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 12:9

    And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

    World English Bible

    Further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yes, he pondered, sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 12:9

    And whereas Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and declared the things that he had done: and seeking out, he set forth many parables.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge: yes, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

    Original Hebrew

    ויתר
    3148 שׁהיה 1961 קהלת 6953 חכם 2450 עוד 5750 למד 3925 דעת 1847 את 853 העם 5971 ואזן 238 וחקר 2713 תקן 8626 משׁלים 4912 הרבה׃ 7235

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (9) -
    1Ki 4:32 Pr 1:1; 10:1; 25:1

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 12:9

    Y cuanto más sabio fue el Predicador, tanto más enseñó sabiduría al pueblo; e hizo escuchar, e hizo escudriñar, y compuso muchos proverbios.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 12:9

    Verse 9. Because the
    Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge - And in order to do this he took good heed- considered what would be most useful. He set in order- collected and arranged, many parables, probably alluding to the book over which we have already passed.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 9. And moreover , etc.] Or “besides” what has been said; or “as to what remains” f293 ; or “but what is better”, or “more excellent” f294 , is to “hear the conclusion of the
    whole matter”, the sum and substance of the whole book in a few words, ( Ecclesiastes 12:13); to which ( Ecclesiastes 12:9-12); are a preface; and in which the wise man recommends the reading of this book, and other writings of his, and of other wise men inspired of God; and his own he particularly recommends, from his character as wise and industrious, in this verse; and from the subject matter of them, their nature, use, and excellency, and their efficacy and authority, in the two next; because the preacher was wise ; he was a “preacher”, a royal one, an extraordinary preacher, and to be regarded; he urges not his title as a king, but his character as a preacher, to recommend what he had written: every good preacher should be regarded; not such who are ignorant preachers of the law, but faithful ministers of the Gospel, who are sent of God, and have felt and experienced what they deliver to others; and especially who are wise as well as faithful, as Solomon was; he had much wisdom given him at first, ( 1 Kings 3:12 4:29-31); and in which he improved; and though he turned to folly in his old age, he recovered from that, and gained more wisdom through his fall, and to which he here seems to have reference; for “Koheleth”, which some render the “gatherer”, because he gathered much wisdom, and much people to hear it; others render “gathered”, that is, into the flock and fold again, the church of God, from which he had strayed; (see Gill on “ Ecclesiastes 1:1”); and having seen through the follies and vanities of life, and being recovered and restored, was a fitter person to teach and instruct others; (see Psalm 51:12,13 Luke 22:32); he still taught the people knowledge ; or “again”, as the Targum; after his fall and recovery he was communicative of his knowledge; he did not hide his talent in the earth, nor in a napkin; but having freely received he freely gave, and kept back nothing from his people, the people of the house of Israel, as the Targum, that might be profitable to them; he taught them the knowledge of themselves, as fallen men, impure, impotent, and unrighteous; the knowledge of the creatures, and the vanity of them, of riches, honours, and pleasures; and of works of righteousness to save men; the knowledge of Christ the Wisdom of God, the antiquity of his person, his glories, excellencies, and beauties, as in the books of Proverbs and Canticles; the knowledge of God, his fear and worship, mind and will; and the knowledge of a future state, and of the general judgment, as in this book; and in proportion to his own knowledge so he taught: for thus the words with the preceding may be rendered, that “the more that the preacher was wise, the more he taught the people knowledge” f295 ; he taught according to the abilities he had received, as preachers should; the more he grew in grace and knowledge, the more largely be shared with others; and this he did “daily”, as Aben Ezra renders the words, constantly, continually, incessantly, in season and out of season, as faithful Gospel ministers do; yea, he gave good heed ; to what he heard and to what be read, to which the apostle’s advice agrees, ( 1 Timothy 4:13); or he caused others to hear, and give good heed to what is said, as Aben Ezra; he engaged their attention by his enlivening discourses; or, as Kimchi, he weighed things in his own mind, and in the balance of the sanctuary; and thoroughly considered and digested them before he delivered them to others; and sought out ; was very diligent in investigating truth, he searched into the mines of knowledge for it, the sacred writings, as one would for gold and silver, and as he himself directs, ( Proverbs 2:4,5); [and] set in order many proverbs ; three thousand of them, ( 1 Kings 4:32); particularly those which are in the book of that name, penned by him; he selected the most choice, pithy, and sententious sayings, of his own and others; and these he huddled not up, or threw them together in a disorderly and confused manner; but put them together in proper order and method, under proper heads, as well as in a correct style, that they might be more received, and more easily retained. The Targum is, “he attended to the voice of the wise men, and searched the books of wisdom; and by a spirit of prophecy from the Lord composed books of wisdom, and very many proverbs of understanding.”

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    A description of the
    infirmities of age. (Eccl. 12:1-7) All is vanity also a warning of the judgment to come. (Eccl. 12:8-14)

    Eccl. 12:1-7 We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent and seek forgiveness. We should remember our duties, and set abou them, looking to him for grace and strength. This should be done early while the body is strong, and the spirits active. When a man has the pain of reviewing a misspent life, his not having given up sin an worldly vanities till he is forced to say, I have no pleasure in them renders his sincerity very questionable. Then follows a figurativ description of old age and its infirmities, which has some difficulties; but the meaning is plain, to show how uncomfortable generally, the days of old age are. As the four verses, 2-5, are figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany ol age, Eccl. 12:6 notices the circumstances which take place in the hou of death. If sin had not entered into the world, these infirmitie would not have been known. Surely then the aged should reflect on the evil of sin.

    Eccl. 12:8-14 Solomon repeats his text, VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL I VANITY. These are the words of one that could speak by dear-bough experience of the vanity of the world, which can do nothing to ease me of the burden of sin. As he considered the worth of souls, he gave goo heed to what he spake and wrote; words of truth will always be acceptable words. The truths of God are as goads to such as are dul and draw back, and nails to such as are wandering and draw aside; mean to establish the heart, that we may never sit loose to our duty, nor be taken from it. The Shepherd of Israel is the Giver of inspired wisdom Teachers and guides all receive their communications from him. The title is applied in Scripture to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God The prophets sought diligently, what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. To write man books was not suited to the shortness of human life, and would be weariness to the writer, and to the reader; and then was much more s to both than it is now. All things would be vanity and vexation, excep they led to this conclusion, That to fear God, and keep his commandments, is the whole of man. The fear of God includes in it all the affections of the soul towards him, which are produced by the Holy Spirit. There may be terror where there is no love, nay, where there is hatred. But this is different from the gracious fear of God, as the feelings of an affectionate child. The fear of God, is often put for the whole of true religion in the heart, and includes its practica results in the life. Let us attend to the one thing needful, and no come to him as a merciful Saviour, who will soon come as an almight Judge, when he will bring to light the things of darkness, and manifes the counsels of all hearts. Why does God record in his word, that AL IS VANITY, but to keep us from deceiving ourselves to our ruin? He makes our duty to be our interest. May it be graven in all our hearts Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is all that concerns man __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    ויתר 3148 שׁהיה 1961 קהלת 6953 חכם 2450 עוד 5750 למד 3925 דעת 1847 את 853 העם 5971 ואזן 238 וחקר 2713 תקן 8626 משׁלים 4912 הרבה׃ 7235


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