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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 8:16


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 8:16

    When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

    World English Bible

    When I applied my
    heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the earth (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes),

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 8:16

    And I applied my
    heart to know wisdom, and to understand the distraction that is upon earth: for there are some that day and night take no sleep with their eyes.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    When I applied my
    heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)

    Original Hebrew

    כאשׁר
    834 נתתי 5414 את 853 לבי 3820 לדעת 3045 חכמה 2451 ולראות 7200 את 853 הענין 6045 אשׁר 834 נעשׂה 6213 על 5921 הארץ 776 כי 3588 גם 1571 ביום 3117 ובלילה 3915 שׁנה 8142 בעיניו 5869 איננו 369 ראה׃ 7200

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    VERSE (16) -
    Ec 2:23; 4:8; 5:12 Ge 31:40 Ps 127:2

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    Por lo cual yo di mi corazón a conocer sabiduría, y a ver la ocupación que se hace sobre la tierra (porque hay quien ni de noche ni de día ve sueño en sus ojos).

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 8:16

    Verse 16. When I applied mine
    heart to know wisdom - This is the reply of the wise man: "I have also considered these seeming contradictions.

    God governs the world; but we cannot see the reasons of his conduct, nor know why he does this, omits that, or permits a third thing. We may study night and day, and deprive ourselves of rest and sleep, but we shall never fathom the depths that are in the Divine government; but all is right and just. This is the state of probation; and in it neither can the wicked be punished, nor the righteous rewarded. But eternity is at hand; and then shall every man receive according to his works. He that spends his life in the eat, drink, and play, will find in that day that he has lost the time in which he could have prepared for eternity.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 16. When I applied mine heart to know wisdom , etc.] The nature and causes of things; the wisdom of God in his providence, and the grounds and reasons of his various dispensations towards the children of men: the Targum interprets it, the wisdom of the law; and to see the business that is done upon the earth ; either the business of Providence, in dealing so unequally with the righteous and the wicked, before observed; and which is a business very afflictive and distressing for curious persons to look into, not being able to account for it: or the labour and toil of men to get wealth and riches, and to find happiness in them; (for also [there is that] neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes) ; or has any sleep in his eyes, through his eager pursuit after worldly things, or, however, has but little; he rises early and sits up late at his business, so close and diligent is he at it, so industrious to obtain riches, imagining a happiness in them there is not: or else this describes persons curious and inquisitive into the affairs of Providence, and the reasons of them; who give themselves no rest, day nor night, being so intent upon their studies of this kind; and perhaps the wise man may design himself.

    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

    כאשׁר 834 נתתי 5414 את 853 לבי 3820 לדעת 3045 חכמה 2451 ולראות 7200 את 853 הענין 6045 אשׁר 834 נעשׂה 6213 על 5921 הארץ 776 כי 3588 גם 1571 ביום 3117 ובלילה 3915 שׁנה 8142 בעיניו 5869 איננו 369 ראה׃ 7200


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