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  • PARALLEL HISTORY BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 2:1


    CHAPTERS: Ecclesiastes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12     
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    LXX- Greek Septuagint - Ecclesiastes 2:1

    ειπον 2036 5627 εγω 1473 εν 1722 1520 καρδια 2588 μου 3450 δευρο 1204 5773 δη 1211 πειρασω σε 4571 εν 1722 1520 ευφροσυνη και 2532 ιδε 1492 5657 εν 1722 1520 αγαθω 18 και 2532 ιδου 2400 5628 και 2532 γε 1065 τουτο 5124 ματαιοτης

    Douay Rheims Bible

    I said in my
    heart: I will go, and abound with delights, and enjoy good things. And I saw that this also was vanity.

    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 2:1

    I said in mine
    heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

    World English Bible

    I said in my
    heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.

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    Anf-06 iv.iv.i.ii Pg 2, Npnf-109 xix.iii Pg 129

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    Ecclesiastes 2:1

    Early Christian Commentary - (A.D. 100 - A.D. 325)

    Anf-02 vi.iv.i.xiii Pg 6.1


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    Anf-02 vi.iv.i.xiii Pg 6.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.i.xiii Pg 6.1


    Anf-01 v.iii.ix Pg 12
    Gen. iii. 19.

    <index subject1="Luxury abjured" title="62" id="v.iii.ix-p12.2"/>But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner, rejoicing in meditation on the law, not in relaxation of the body, admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before, nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space, nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them.690

    690 Reference is here made to well-known Jewish opinions and practices with respect to the Sabbath. The Talmud fixes 2000 cubits as the space lawful to be traversed. Philo (De Therap.) refers to the dancing, etc.

    <index subject1="Lord’s day" title="62" id="v.iii.ix-p13.1"/>And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord’s Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days [of the week]. Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, “To the end, for the eighth day,”691

    691


    Anf-01 viii.vi.xxx Pg 4
    Gen. iii. 19.

    calls the lifeless body of Hector dumb clay. For in condemnation of Achilles dragging the corpse of Hector after death, he says somewhere:2580

    2580 Iliad, xxii.

    “On the dumb clay he cast indignity, Blinded with rage.”


    Anf-01 ix.vii.xvii Pg 2
    Gen. iii. 19.

    If then, after death, our bodies return to any other substance, it follows that from it also they have their substance. But if it be into this very [earth], it is manifest that it was also from it that man’s frame was created; as also the Lord clearly showed, when from this very substance He formed eyes for the man [to whom He gave sight]. And thus was the hand of God plainly shown forth, by which Adam was fashioned, and we too have been formed; and since there is one and the same Father, whose voice from the beginning even to the end is present with His handiwork, and the substance from which we were formed is plainly declared through the Gospel, we should therefore not seek after another Father besides Him, nor [look for] another substance from which we have been formed, besides what was mentioned beforehand, and shown forth by the Lord; nor another hand of God besides that which, from the beginning even to the end, forms us and prepares us for life, and is present with His handiwork, and perfects it after the image and likeness of God.


    Anf-01 ix.viii.xiv Pg 4
    Gen. iii. 19.

    as the true course of things proceeds [now and always]. Then again, if the serpent observed the woman not eating, how did he induce her to eat who never had eaten? And who pointed out to this accursed man-slaying serpent that the sentence of death pronounced against them by God would not take [immediate] effect, when He said, “For in the day that ye eat thereof, ye shall surely die?” And not this merely, but that along with the impunity4820

    4820 The Greek reads the barbarous word ἀθριξίᾳ, which Massuet thinks is a corruption of ἀθανασίᾳ, immortality. We have, however, followed the conjecture of Harvey, who would substitute ἀπληξίᾳ, which seems to agree better with the context.

    [attending their sin] the eyes of those should be opened who had not seen until then? But with the opening [of their eyes] referred to, they made entrance upon the path of death.


    Anf-03 v.iv.vi.ix Pg 11
    Gen. iii. 19. [“Was not said unto the Soul”—says our own Longfellow, in corresponding words.]

    That, therefore, which came from the ground shall return to the ground. Now that falls down which returns to the ground; and that rises again which falls down. “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection.”5590

    5590


    Anf-03 v.v.xxxi Pg 15
    See Bible:Gen.4.10">Gen. ii. 21, 23; iii. 5, 19; iv. 10.

    and yet it never intimated that they had been created by God. What will Hermogenes have to answer? That the human limbs must belong to Matter, because they are not specially mentioned as objects of creation? Or are they included in the formation of man? In like manner, the deep and the darkness, and the spirit and the waters, were as members of the heaven and the earth. For in the bodies the limbs were made, in the bodies the limbs too were mentioned. No element but what is a member of that element in which it is contained. But all elements are contained in the heaven and the earth.


    Anf-03 v.viii.vi Pg 9
    Comp. chap. ii. etc.

    that are submissive to the bishop, to the presbytery, and to the deacons: may I have my portion with them from God! <index subject1="Works" subject2="good" title="95" id="v.viii.vi-p9.1"/><index subject1="Good deeds" title="95" id="v.viii.vi-p9.2"/>Labour together with one another; strive in company together; run together; suffer together; sleep together; and awake together, as the stewards, and associates,1106

    1106 Or, “assessors.”

    and servants of God. Please ye Him under whom ye fight, and from whom ye shall receive your wages. Let none of you be found a deserter. Let your baptism endure as your arms; your faith as your helmet; your love as your spear; your patience as a complete panoply. Let your works be the charge assigned to you, that you may obtain for them a most worthy1107

    1107 Literally, “worthy of God.”

    recompense. Be long-suffering, therefore, with one another, in meekness, and God shall be so with you. May I have joy of you for ever!1108

    1108 Comp. Ignatius’ Epistle to the Ephesians, chap. ii.



    Anf-03 v.viii.xviii Pg 10
    Gen. iii. 19.

    Even the man who has not heard the sentence, sees the fact. No death but is the ruin of our limbs. This destiny of the body the Lord also described, when, clothed as He was in its very substance, He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.”7389

    7389


    Anf-03 v.viii.xxvi Pg 3
    Gen. iii. 19.

    In respect, of course, to his fleshly substance, which had been taken out of the ground, and which was the first to receive the name of man, as we have already shown,7462

    7462 See above, ch. v.

    does not this passage give one instruction to interpret in relation to the flesh also whatever of wrath or of grace God has determined for the earth, because, strictly speaking, the earth is not exposed to His judgment, since it has never done any good or evil? “Cursed,” no doubt, it was, for it drank the blood of man;7463

    7463


    Anf-03 v.viii.lii Pg 14
    Gen. iii. 19.

    because it was taken out of the earth.  And it was from this circumstance that the apostle borrowed his phrase of the flesh being “sown,” since it returns to the ground, and the ground is the grand depository for seeds which are meant to be deposited in it, and again sought out of it. And therefore he confirms the passage afresh, by putting on it the impress (of his own inspired authority), saying, “For so it is written;”7686

    7686


    Anf-01 ii.ii.xvii Pg 5
    Job xiv. 4, 5. [Septuagint.]

    <index subject1="Moses" title="10" id="ii.ii.xvii-p5.2"/>Moses was called faithful in all God’s house;76

    76


    Anf-02 vi.iv.iv.xi Pg 2.1


    Anf-02 vi.iv.iii Pg 229.1


    Anf-01 ix.vii.ix Pg 10
    Ps. xlix. 20.

    This denotes that, for his own fault, he is likened to cattle, by rivalling their irrational life. And we also, as the custom is, do designate men of this stamp as cattle and irrational beasts.


    Anf-02 vi.iii.i.xiii Pg 2.1


    Anf-03 iv.xi.xxxii Pg 6
    Ps. xlix. 20.

    ), it does not on this account follow that rapacious persons become kites, lewd persons dogs, ill-tempered ones panthers, good men sheep, talkative ones swallows, and chaste men doves, as if the selfsame substance of the soul everywhere repeated its own nature in the properties of the animals (into which it passed). Besides, a substance is one thing, and the nature of that substance is another thing; inasmuch as the substance is the special property of one given thing, whereas the nature thereof may possibly belong to many things.  Take an example or two. A stone or a piece of iron is the substance: the hardness of the stone and the iron is the nature of the substance. Their hardness combines objects by a common quality; their substances keep them separate.  Then, again, there is softness in wool, and softness in a feather: their natural qualities are alike, (and put them on a par;) their substantial qualities are not alike, (and keep them distinct.) Thus, if a man likewise be designated a wild beast or a harmless one, there is not for all that an identity of soul. Now the similarity of nature is even then observed, when dissimilarity of substance is most conspicuous: for, by the very fact of your judging that a man resembles a beast, you confess that their soul is not identical; for you say that they resemble each other, not that they are the same. This is also the meaning of the word of God (which we have just quoted): it likens man to the beasts in nature, but not in substance. Besides, God would not have actually made such a comment as this concerning man, if He had known him to be in substance only bestial.


    Anf-03 v.viii.lii Pg 9
    Ps. xlix. 20, Sept.

    ), “another flesh of birds” (that is, the martyrs which essay to mount up to heaven), “another of fishes” (that is, those whom the water of baptism has submerged).7681

    7681


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xlii Pg 32
    Isa. i. 8.

    With what constancy has He also, in Psalm xxx., laboured to present to us the very Christ! He calls with a loud voice to the Father, “Into Thine hands I commend my spirit,”5151

    5151


    Anf-03 v.iv.v.xlii Pg 32
    Isa. i. 8.

    With what constancy has He also, in Psalm xxx., laboured to present to us the very Christ! He calls with a loud voice to the Father, “Into Thine hands I commend my spirit,”5151

    5151


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