Ecclesiastes 6:2 tells us God has given wealth and no power to enjoy it — a stranger enjoys it. It is worthy of remark, that it belongs to God as much to give the power to enjoy as it does to give the earthly blessings. Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary Summary Meaning Explained We’re starting in Ecclesiastes 6:1 for this Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary. App-4. Ecclesiastes 6:2. For with all these things, what is the end result but death? New International Version (NIV) Abraham was sad at having no son, though his heir would be his tried and good servant Eliezer. It has been called a major spiritual problem, one that is particularly characteristic of our time. Riches and wealth and honour, are put together in this way also in 2 Chronicles 1:11. Job's three friends). The ancient moralists associated boredom with sloth….considering it a form of spiritual laziness, an ungrateful lack of interest in what God has ordained. "indicates that in no instance is the acquisition of wealth merely an outright achievement of man. "to say that God does not empower the rich man to enjoy what he has accumulated is stating that the rich man cannot divorce himself from the power of his wealth…God has ordained personal fulfillment and joy are found only within the confines which He has established" (Kidwell p. 139). “God hath given” distinguishes him also from the man who got his wealth by “oppression” (Ecclesiastes 5:8, Ecclesiastes 5:10). But it was remarked likewise, that this is the gift of God, and is not in any man's power, except it be given him from above. With all the "things" that we own, look how many of the people in this country are miserable, either in their career, in their marriage, in their family and so on. Yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof. But he doesn"t have anything to do. = the [true] God, or the Deity. American King James Version ×). --- The proper use of riches is rare. A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honor. Great possessions, a multitudinous family, mean nothing of themselves. Man can acquire nothing less God permits him to have it" (Leupold p. 134). 5. חסר is adj. To עשׁר וּנך, as at 2 Chronicles 1:11, וך and honour is added as a third thing. Verse A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.- King James Version It was observed before, (ch. He has it all! A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour,.... By "riches" may be meant gold and silver, things which a covetous man is never satisfied with; and by "wealth", cattle, with which farms and fields are stocked: the wealth of men, especially in former times, and in the eastern countries, lay very much in these, as did the wealth of Abraham and Job, Genesis 13:2; and all these, as they are reckoned glorious and honourable in themselves; so they create honour and glory among men, and raise to high and honourable places; and these, as they go, they are usually put together, and are called by the name of honour and glory itself; see Proverbs 3:16. He wanteth nothing for his soul - i:e., for his enjoyment. An evil disease - as fatal to happiness of the soul as a severe sickness is to the ease of the body (Deuteronomy 28:59). (Horace, i. Ep. He seems to have it in his “power” to do as he will with his wealth, but an unseen power gives him up to his own avarice: God wills that he should toil for “a stranger” (Ecclesiastes 2:26), who has found favor in God‘s sight. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease. stranger — those not akin, nay, even hostile to him (Jeremiah 51:51; Lamentations 5:2; Hosea 7:9). But a stranger eateth it - those not akin, nay, even hostile to him (Lamentations 5:2). There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. Curse not the king, no not in your thought; and curse not the rich in your bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter. 2. We live in the most prosperous country of all time, and yet look how many people are depressed, lonely, and isolated. — Grammar requires us to supply the word. Ecclesiastes 6:2 KJ21 a man to whom God hath given riches, wealth and honor, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not the power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it. So, the person who asked this question is asking, What does this mean? There are many "middle class" individuals who are unable to enjoy the fruits of their labors because they are always wanting more. How is it possible that that should be a matter for envy which more closely viewed is but a vain show? (w) "Cum furor dubius", &c. Satyr. But the ancients do not seem to have been as bored as we are. See also 1 Timothy 6:17; Proverbs 30:8; 1 Samuel 2:7. The preceding chapter gave us the case of a man who had a son and nothing to give him — this is of one who has riches, but no son and heir. Giveth him not power to eat; either because they are suddenly taken away from him by the hand and curse of God, and given to others; or because God gives him up to a base and covetous mind, which is both a sin and a place. Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this [is] vanity, and it [is] an evil disease. He has a room full of action figures, video games, cable TV, a VCR, interactive CD-ROM virtual-reality simulators, and a fully loaded computer with Internet access. American King James Version ×; Ecclesiastes 6:9 Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. Now Solomon adds a further observation, which had been already hinted at, chap. ""I"m bored." Ecclesiastes 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this [is] vanity, and it [is] an evil disease. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil." 4. Hebrew. so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth: he has not only for the supply of his wants, what is necessary for his daily use and service, but even what is for delight and pleasure; yea, as much as he could reasonably wish for; nay, more than heart could wish, Psalm 73:7; yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof; the Targum adds, "because of his sin"; either he takes it away from him, he making no use of it; or his appetite is taken away, that he has no desire to it; or rather he has no heart to enjoy what he has, and scarce any part of it; not to eat and drink, and wear suitably to his circumstances, but grudges whatever he lays out on his back or belly, or in housekeeping in his family; for though God gives him a large substance, yet not a heart to make use of it, without which he cannot enjoy it; and therefore it would have been as good, or better for him, to have been without it; see Ecclesiastes 5:19; but a stranger eateth it; the Syriac version adds, "after him"; enjoys it, not only a part of it, but the whole; one that is not akin to him, and perhaps was never known by him; and yet, by one means or another, either in a lawful or unlawful way, comes into the possession of all he has; this has been always reckoned a great unhappiness, Lamentations 5:2. He seems to have it in his "power" to do as he will with his wealth, but an unseen power gives him up to his own avarice: God wills that he should toil for "a stranger" (Ec 2:26), who has found favor in God's sight. JuvenalF23"Cum furor dubius", &c. Satyr. (with Art.) Possession and fruition are not necessarily joined together; and this is also among the vanities of life. Ecclesiastes 6:2. 3 A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13; Ecclesiastes 3:22.) However, His activity is exactly opposite to traditional wisdom (cf. Eastern men, as may be seen in the instance of Abraham, felt it a deep calamity that their estates should go to —, Abraham was sad at having no son, though his heir would be his tried and good servant Eliezer. "so that his soul lacks nothing"-"Soul" here doesn"t mean his spiritual side, but rather, himself (Luke ). all of it; devoureth it all in an instant. — This word, seeing it follows the sense of to eat, might better be given as in some other passages, The case is not rare of one successful in, making great accumulations, who still, from some dyspeptic weakness of body, or some morbid penurious narrowness of mind, cannot, by indulgence in his copious stores. Riches do not make people happy. And since wealth is relative (you can always find someone who has more than you do-and less), these truths apply to all of us. Ecclesiastes 8:10 Context "a weighty person in society, worthy of respect, someone who is honorable, impressive" (TWOT p. 426). Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. may mean: “there is not,” is not to be proved from Genesis 39:9, thus: and he spares not for his soul (lxx καὶ οὐκ κ . But at this point many may protest that life is not by any means as black as this for most people. 1. And this is often repeated in this book, because it can never enough be observed and abhorred. That observation, on the other hand, is strongly confirmed by the instance of the unhappy rich man; viz. And he may well lose it through no fault of his own: perhaps when war, or sickness, or injustice spills everything into another"s lap….One could have the things men dream of….children by the score, and years of life by the thousand-and still depart unnoticed, unlamented, and unfulfilled" (Kidner p. 59). This is meaningless, a grievous evil. This is vanity and a severe affliction. λ ) what he always desires. "But life can have long spells of brilliance and joy, and still succumb to darkness, which will seem all the deeper for the light it has quenched" (Kidner p. 59). Ver. Ver. "for a foreigner enjoys them"-the word foreigner or stranger can refer to someone other than this man"s heir, and simply another person, someone other than oneself. He seems to have it in his "power" to do as he will with his wealth, but an unseen power gives him up to his own avarice. He does not dare to enjoy his wealth, and the enemy will soon take it away from him. With advice given to the young ( 11:9-12:7 ), Ecclesiastes then draws to a close - 12:8-14 2. The Bible in Basic English 14. v. 136. exposed by Persius, Sat. Thereof, i.e. 3 Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose thy fruit, and leave thyself as a dry tree. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. stranger—those not akin, nay, even hostile to him (Jer 51:51; La 5:2; Ho 7:9). The case is not rare of one successful in making great accumulations, who still, from some dyspeptic weakness of body, or some morbid penurious narrowness of mind, cannot bless his soul by indulgence in his copious stores. 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