youth--distinct Hebrew words, adolescence or boyhood (before Ecclesiastes 12:13 ), and full-grown youth. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand: Using agricultural images, the Preacher tells us to do work of all kinds – the work one would do in the morning, and the work one would do in the evening. i. “If we keep on observing circumstances, instead of trusting God, we shall be guilty of disobedience. Ecclesiastes: Bible Study and Commentary. . To observe circumstances instead of trusting God shows, As you do not know what is the way of the wind, : Solomon again reminds us of the limitations of human knowledge. Yet let him remember the days of darkness: The sun gives light, but the under the sun premise seemed to bring the Preacher (and us) into days of darkness; and if lived under that premise, those dark days will be many and there will be much vanity to come. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. How to have a worthwhile life. The farmer would get on badly, who, instead of sowing and reaping, spent his time in watching the wind and clouds. CHAPTER 11. He who observes the wind will not sow, 1. The necessary effect from that cause must be realized in eternity. . It is a conclusive denial of the hopelessness of earlier sayings in the book. a. i. Some commentators (Trapp, Clarke, and others) think this speaks of generosity. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. : Solomon again pushes towards an appropriately humble loss of self-confidence. Therefore sow thy charity in faith, without hesitancy or speculation as to results, because they may not seem promising ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ). There was no need that he should be a man full of sympathy except to sympathize with mourning men and women. The tree, he said, is the dead person, and his destiny is fixed at death. Find it— It shall certainly be restored to thee, either by God or men. 8. God bids me sow: I do not sow, because the wind would blow some of my seed away. There was no need that he should bleed except that he might bleed for you. Either this or that, Still, Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 [7] Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: [8] But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 (Read Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. “Some commentators have taken Sow your seed to refer to the begetting of children following the Talmud and Midrash, but this is hardly suitable to the context.” (Eaton). . The Book of Ecclesiastes helps us to see Solomon's regret of having left the Lord and discovered barrenness. Ecclesiastes 11 commentary 1. For you do not know what evil will be on the earth. evening--early and late; when young and when old; in sunshine and under clouds. All rights reserved. a. Ecclesiastes 11:3. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Series) for Sunday, October 16, 2011, is from Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:7, 13.Five Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further follow the Bible Lesson Commentary below. 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. As Jesus would later say, The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. Ecclesiastes 11:1-10. But if a man lives many years Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 + Text Size — 1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. In his early life he passionately sought the Lord. Why, that he may empty himself upon the earth. He had a lot of wisdom but made some foolish mistakes. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. Chapter 11. And he who regards the clouds will not reap. Now, we move on to chapter 11 for our Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. For they will be many. . God bids me sow: I do not sow, because the wind would blow some of my seed away. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Yet let him remember the days of darkness, premise seemed to bring the Preacher (and us) into, ; and if lived under that premise, those dark days, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Ecclesiastes 11. Ecclesiastes 11:1-10.. 1. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. 1. For Spurgeon, this idea of design and what comes from it suggested the work of Jesus for us: “Now, dear heart, if thou believest Christ to be a cloud that is full of rain, for what reason is he full? i. And in the evening do not withhold your hand; bones . Keith Simons. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. The questions contain minimal human commentary, but instead urge students to study to understand Scripture. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. : This probably refers to a shipping venture that required great patience for the return of the investment. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization But while man thankfully enjoys life, "let him remember" it will not last for ever. The class book is suitable for teens and up. seven--the perfect number. Truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun: After repeatedly arguing from the premise expressed by the phrase under the sun, the Preacher once more expressed the idea before coming to his conclusions in the last chapter of Ecclesiastes. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11-12 (Wisdom from the Preacher) February 26, 2016 Bill Pratt 0 Comments Chapter 11, verses 1-6, give financial and investment advice. . Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time.