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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 8:14


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 8:14

    There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.

    World English Bible

    There is a
    vanity which is done on the earth, that there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked. Again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 8:14

    There is also another
    vanity, which is done upon the earth. There are just men to whom evils happen, as though they had done the works of the wicked: and there are wicked men, who are as secure, as though they had the deeds of the just: but this also I judge most vain.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    There is a
    vanity which is done upon the earth; that there are just men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.

    Original Hebrew

    ישׁ
    3426 הבל 1892 אשׁר 834 נעשׂה 6213 על 5921 הארץ 776 אשׁר 834 ישׁ 3426 צדיקים 6662 אשׁר 834 מגיע 5060 אלהם 413 כמעשׂה 4639 הרשׁעים 7563 וישׁ 3426 רשׁעים 7563 שׁמגיע 5060 אלהם 413 כמעשׂה 4639 הצדיקים 6662 אמרתי 559 שׁגם 1571 זה 2088 הבל׃ 1892

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (14) -
    Ec 4:4,8; 9:3; 10:5

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:14

    ¶ Hay otra vanidad que se hace sobre la tierra: que hay justos los cuales son pagados como si hicieran obras de impíos; y hay impíos, que son pagados como si hicieran obras de justos. Digo que esto también es vanidad.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 8:14

    Verse 14. There be just
    men - See on chap. vii. 16.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 14. There is a
    vanity which is done upon the earth , etc.] Transacted in this lower world under the sun, through the permission and direction of divine Providence; not that it is a vanity on the part of God, who has wise ends to answer by it, for the good of his people, the trial of their graces, etc. or to bring sinners to repentance, or harden them in sin; but this shows the vanity and uncertainty of all worldly things, and that there is no happiness to be had in them; that there be just [men], unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked : to whom evil comes, as the Targum and Jarchi; who are treated as if they were wicked men, and dealt with in providence as sinners would be, if they had the just desert of their wicked works; being attended with poverty, sickness, and disgrace, and other calamities of life, as Job, Asaph, Lazarus, and others, and yet truly righteous and good men; again, there be wicked [men] to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous ; to whom good things come, as the Targum and Jarchi; who have an affluence of good things, all the outward blessings of life, as health, wealth, honour, long life, etc. as if they had lived the best of lives, and were the most righteous persons upon earth; see ( Job 21:7-13 Psalm 73:4,5,7 Luke 16:19); I said, that this also [is] vanity ; this is said, as some think, according to the judgment of corrupt nature; or as it is apprehended by such who do not rightly consider the judgments of God and the wisdom of Providence in the ordering of things to answer good purposes; or rather the sense is, this is one of the miseries and infelicities of this life, and which demonstrates the emptiness of all things here below, and that the chief good and supreme happiness is not to be had here; but there is and must be a future state, when all things will be set right, and everyone will have and enjoy his proper portion.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Commendations of
    wisdom. (Eccl. 8:1-5) To prepare for sudden evils an death. (Eccl. 8:6-8) It shall be well with the righteous, and ill with the wicked. (Eccl. 8:9-13) Mysteries of Providence. (Eccl. 8:14-17)

    Eccl. 8:1-5 None of the rich, the powerful, the honourable, or the accomplished of the sons of men, are so excellent, useful, or happy, a the wise man. Who else can interpret the words of God, or teach arigh from his truths and dispensations? What madness must it be for weak an dependent creatures to rebel against the Almighty! What numbers for wrong judgments, and bring misery on themselves, in this life and tha to come!

    Eccl. 8:6-8 God has, in wisdom, kept away from us the knowledge of future events, that we may be always ready for changes. We must all die, no flight or hiding-place can save us, nor are there any weapon of effectual resistance. Ninety thousand die every day, upwards of sixty every minute, and one every moment. How solemn the thought! O that men were wise, that they understood these things, that they woul consider their latter end! The believer alone is prepared to meet the solemn summons. Wickedness, by which men often escape human justice cannot secure from death.

    Eccl. 8:9-13 Solomon observed, that many a time one man rules ove another to his hurt, and that prosperity hardens them in their wickedness. Sinners herein deceive themselves. Vengeance comes slowly but it comes surely. A good man's days have some substance; he lives to a good purpose: a wicked man's days are all as a shadow, empty an worthless. Let us pray that we may view eternal things as near, real and all-important.

    Eccl. 8:14-17 Faith alone can establish the heart in this mixed scene where the righteous often suffer, and the wicked prosper. Solomo commended joy, and holy security of mind, arising from confidence i God, because a man has no better thing under the sun, though a good ma has much better things above the sun, than soberly and thankfully to use the things of this life according to his rank. He would not have u try to give a reason for what God does. But, leaving the Lord to clea up all difficulties in his own time, we may cheerfully enjoy the comforts, and bear up under the trials of life; while peace of conscience and joy in the Holy Ghost will abide in us through all outward changes, and when flesh and heart shall fail __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    ישׁ 3426 הבל 1892 אשׁר 834 נעשׂה 6213 על 5921 הארץ 776 אשׁר 834 ישׁ 3426 צדיקים 6662 אשׁר 834 מגיע 5060 אלהם 413 כמעשׂה 4639 הרשׁעים 7563 וישׁ 3426 רשׁעים 7563 שׁמגיע 5060 אלהם 413 כמעשׂה 4639 הצדיקים 6662 אמרתי 559 שׁגם 1571 זה 2088 הבל׃ 1892


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