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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 2:9


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 2:9

    So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

    World English Bible

    So I was great, and increased more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also remained with me.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 2:9

    And I surpassed in riches all that were before me in Jerusalem: my wisdom also remained with me.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

    Original Hebrew

    וגדלתי
    1431 והוספתי 3254 מכל 3605 שׁהיה 1961 לפני 6440 בירושׁלם 3389 אף 637 חכמתי 2451 עמדה׃ 5975

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    VERSE (9) -
    Ec 1:16 1Ki 3:12; 10:7,23 1Ch 29:25 2Ch 1:1; 9:22,23

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:9

    Y fui engrandecido, y aumentado más que todos los que fueron antes de mí en Jerusalén; a más de esto perseveró conmigo mi sabiduría.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 9. So I was great , etc.] Became famous for the great works
    wrought by him before mentioned; and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem ; the Targum adds, “in riches”; but it seems rather to respect his fame and glory among men; though in general it may include his increase of wealth, power, and honour, and everything that contributed to his external happiness; also my wisdom remained with me ; the Targum adds, “and it helped me”; which he exercised and showed in the government of his kingdom, in the conduct of his family, in his personal deportment and behaviour; amidst all his pleasures, he did not neglect the study of natural knowledge, nor give himself up to sordid and sinful lusts; and so was a better judge of pleasure, whether true happiness consisted in it or not.

    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

    וגדלתי 1431 והוספתי 3254 מכל 3605 שׁהיה 1961 לפני 6440 בירושׁלם 3389 אף 637 חכמתי 2451 עמדה׃ 5975


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