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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 2:19


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 2:19

    And who knoweth 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 shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

    World English Bible

    Who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have rule
    over all of my labor in which I have labored, and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 2:19

    Whom I know not whether he will be a wise man or a fool, and he shall have rule
    over all my labours with which I have laboured and been solicitous: and is there any thing so vain?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule
    over all my labor in which I have labored, and in which I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

    Original Hebrew

    ומי
    4310 יודע 3045 החכם 2450 יהיה 1961 או 176 סכל 5530 וישׁלט 7980 בכל 3605 עמלי 5999 שׁעמלתי 5998 ושׁחכמתי 2449 תחת 8478 השׁמשׁ 8121 גם 1571 זה 2088 הבל׃ 1892

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (19) -
    Ec 3:22 1Ki 12:14-20; 14:25-28 2Ch 10:13-16; 12:9,10

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:19

    ¿Y quién sabe si será sabio, o loco, el que se enseñoreará de todo mi trabajo en que me hice sabio debajo del sol? Esto también es vanidad.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 2:19

    Verse 19. A
    wise man or a fool? - Alas! Solomon, the wisest of all men, made the worst use of his wisdom, had three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines, and yet left but one son behind him, to possess his estates and his throne, and that one was the silliest of fools!

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 19. And who knoweth whether he shall be a
    wise [man] or a fool ? etc.] The king that should be after him, as the Targum, that should be his successor and heir; and so whether he would make a good or bad use of what was left; whether he would keep and improve it, or squander it away; suggesting, that could he be sure he would be a wise man that should come into his labours, it would be some satisfaction to him that he had laboured, and such a man should have the benefit of it; but as it was a precarious thing what he would be, he could take no pleasure in reviewing his labours he was about to leave. Some think that Solomon here gives a hint of the suspicion he had, that his son Rehoboam, his successor and heir, would turn out a foolish man, as he did; yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have showed myself wise, under the sun ; be he what he will, all will come into his hands; and he will have the power of disposing of all at his pleasure; not only of enjoying it, but of changing and altering things; and perhaps greatly for the worse, if he does not entirely destroy what has been wrought with so much care and industry, toil and labour, wisdom and prudence; the thought of all which was afflicting and distressing: and therefore he adds, This [is] also vanity ; and shows there is no happiness in all that a man does, has, or enjoys; and this circumstance, before related, adds to his vexation and unhappiness.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    The
    vanity and vexation of mirth, sensual pleasure, riches, and pomp (Eccl. 2:1-11) Human wisdom insufficient. (Eccl. 2:12-17) This world to be used according to the will of God. (Eccl. 2:18-26)

    Eccl. 2:1-11 Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? The manifol devices of men's hearts, to get satisfaction from the world, and their changing from one thing to another, are like the restlessness of a ma in a fever. Perceiving it was folly to give himself to wine, he nex tried the costly amusements of princes. The poor, when they read such description, are ready to feel discontent. But the remedy against all such feelings is in the estimate of it all by the owner himself. All was vanity and vexation of spirit: and the same things would yield the same result to us, as to Solomon. Having food and raiment, let u therewith be content. His wisdom remained with him; a stron understanding, with great human knowledge. But every earthly pleasure when unconnected with better blessings, leaves the mind as eager an unsatisfied as before. Happiness arises not from the situation in whic we are placed. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessednes can be attained.

    Eccl. 2:12-17 Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferabl to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. The most learned of men, who dies a stranger to Chris Jesus, will perish equally with the most ignorant; and what good can commendations on earth do to the body in the grave, or the soul i hell? And the spirits of just men made perfect cannot want them. S that if this were all, we might be led to hate our life, as it is all vanity and vexation of spirit.

    Eccl. 2:18-26 Our hearts are very loth to quit their expectations of great things from the creature; but Solomon came to this at length. The world is a vale of tears, even to those that have much of it. See what fools they are, who make themselves drudges to the world, which afford a man nothing better than subsistence for the body. And the utmost he can attain in this respect is to allow himself a sober, cheerful us thereof, according to his rank and condition. But we must enjoy good in our labour; we must use those things to make us diligent and cheerfu in worldly business. And this is the gift of God. Riches are a blessin or a curse to a man, according as he has, or has not, a heart to make good use of them. To those that are accepted of the Lord, he gives jo and satisfaction in the knowledge and love of him. But to the sinner he allots labour, sorrow, vanity, and vexation, in seeking a worldl portion, which yet afterwards comes into better hands. Let the sinne seriously consider his latter end. To seek a lasting portion in the love of Christ and the blessings it bestows, is the only way to tru and satisfying enjoyment even of this present world __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    ומי 4310 יודע 3045 החכם 2450 יהיה 1961 או 176 סכל 5530 וישׁלט 7980 בכל 3605 עמלי 5999 שׁעמלתי 5998 ושׁחכמתי 2449 תחת 8478 השׁמשׁ 8121 גם 1571 זה 2088 הבל׃ 1892


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