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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 8:17


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 8:17

    Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

    World English Bible

    then I saw all the
    work of God, that man can't find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a man labors to seek it out, yet he won't find it. Yes even though a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, he won't be able to find it.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 8:17

    And I understood that man can find no reason of all those works of God that are done under the
    sun: and the more he shall labour to seek, so much the less shall he find: yea, though the wise man shall say, that he knoweth it, he shall not be able to find it.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Then I beheld all the
    work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man may labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yes further; though a wise man thinketh to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

    Original Hebrew

    וראיתי
    7200 את 853 כל 3605 מעשׂה 4639 האלהים 430 כי 3588 לא 3808 יוכל 3201 האדם 120 למצוא 4672 את 853 המעשׂה 4639 אשׁר 834 נעשׂה 6213 תחת 8478 השׁמשׁ 8121 בשׁל 7945 אשׁר 834 יעמל 5998 האדם 120 לבקשׁ 1245 ולא 3808 ימצא 4672 וגם 1571 אם 518 יאמר 559 החכם 2450 לדעת 3045 לא 3808 יוכל 3201 למצא׃ 4672

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (17) -
    Ec 3:11; 7:23,24; 11:5 Job 5:9; 11:7-9 Ps 40:5; 73:16; 104:24

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:17

    Y he visto acerca de todas las obras de Dios, que el hombre no puede alcanzar a entender la obra que se hace debajo del sol; por mucho que trabaje el hombre buscándola, no la hallará; aunque diga el sabio que sabe, no la podrá alcanzar.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 8:17

    Verse 17. Then I beheld all the
    work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun - I saw it to be of such a nature-1, That a man cannot find it out. 2. That if he labour to find it out, he shall not succeed. 3. That though he be wise-the most instructed among men, and think to find it out, he shall find he is not able. It is beyond the wisdom and power of man. How vain then are all your cavils about Providence.

    You do not understand it; you cannot comprehend it. Fear God!


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 17. Then I beheld all the work of God , etc.] Not of creation, but of Providence; took notice of it, contemplated on it, considered it, and weighed it well; viewed the various steps and methods of it, to find out, if possible, at least, some general rule by which it proceeded: but all so various and uncertain, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun : he can find out that it is done, but not the reason why it is done: the ways of God are in the deep, and not to be traced; they are unsearchable and past finding out; there is a bayov , a depth of wisdom and knowledge, in them, inscrutable by the wisest of men, ( Psalm 72:19 Romans 11:33); because, though a man labour to seek [it] out, yet he shall not find [it] ; Noldius and others render it “although”; not only a man that, in a slight and negligent manner, seeks after the knowledge of the works of divine Providence, and the reasons of them; but even one that is diligent and laborious at it is not able to find them out; they being purposely concealed by the Lord, to answer some ends of his; yea, further, though a wise [man] think to know [it], yet shall he not be able to find [it] ; a man of a great natural capacity, such an one as Solomon himself, though he proposes to himself, and determines within himself to find it out, and sets himself to the work, and uses all the means and methods he can devise, and imagines with himself he shall be able to find out the reasons of the divine procedure, in his dispensations towards the righteous and the wicked; and yet, after all, he is not able to do it. The Targum is, “what shall be done in the end of days;” wherefore it is best for a man to be easy and quiet, and enjoy what he has in the best manner he can, and submit to the will of God.

    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

    וראיתי 7200 את 853 כל 3605 מעשׂה 4639 האלהים 430 כי 3588 לא 3808 יוכל 3201 האדם 120 למצוא 4672 את 853 המעשׂה 4639 אשׁר 834 נעשׂה 6213 תחת 8478 השׁמשׁ 8121 בשׁל 7945 אשׁר 834 יעמל 5998 האדם 120 לבקשׁ 1245 ולא 3808 ימצא 4672 וגם 1571 אם 518 יאמר 559 החכם 2450 לדעת 3045 לא 3808 יוכל 3201 למצא׃ 4672


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