Search as hard as you like, you’re not going to make sense of it. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. Ecclesiastes 8:1-17. This too is meaningless. 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:). Ecclesiastes 8:7-9 The Message (MSG) No One Can Control the Wind. Indeed. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. More smoke. When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies—and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! Ecclesiastes 8:11 ecause the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Carrying out orders won’t hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. Need some help understanding theology? I tell you, this makes no sense. 8 There’s nothing better than being wise,Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life.Wisdom puts light in the eyes,And gives gentleness to words and manners. 9 All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. 8 Who is as the wise man? 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 farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. 8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. Learn More About The Message 15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. 10 One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. More smoke. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow—because he doesn’t fear God. 9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. 8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box.No one has any say-so regarding the day of death.No one can stop a battle in its tracks.No one who does evil can be saved by evil. Indeed. Ask a Question Got a Bible related Question? 9 All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. Because, therefore - , Or, as in Ecclesiastes 8:7, “for.” The possibility of God‘s time and judgment being in opposition to a king‘s purpose or commandment Ecclesiastes 8:5, suggests the thought that such discord is a misery (evil, Ecclesiastes 6:1) common to man (or, mankind). The king has the last word. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. No one can stop a battle in its tracks. 2 Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. NIV 1 Who is like the wise? Be endangered - Rather: “cut himself.” Ecclesiastes 12. Questions. “Vanity of vanities! Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. The Message (MSG) Bible Book List. 15 So, I’m all for just going ahead and having a good time—the best possible. 12-13 Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 - MSG. Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Ecclesiastes 8 The Message Bible << Ecclesiastes 7 | Ecclesiastes 8 | Ecclesiastes 9 >> 8 1 here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. 2-7 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 MSG - There’s a Right Time for Everything - Bible Gateway. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. Read the Bible. Ecclesiastes 8:9. I tell you, this makes no sense. No matter how smart you are, you won’t get to the bottom of it. The Global Message of Ecclesiastes Life in a Broken World. It's smoke. No one who does evil can be saved by evil. a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. 12 1-2 Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young, Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes, Before your vision dims and the world blurs And the winter years keep you close to the fire. Sages invest themselves in hurt and grieving. and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? Font Size. 2-7 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. No one can stop a battle … Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. It’s s | The Message (MSG) | Download the Bible App now. Indeed. 1:2). 3-5 Say a couple have scores of children and live a long, long life but never enjoy themselves—even though they end up with a big funeral! No one who does evil can be saved by evil. Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. The book of Ecclesiastes explains the world in all its complexity, confusion, and frustration with striking honesty. Ecclesiastes 8:6 Yes, there's a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow—because he doesn’t fear God. Ecclesiastes 8:1 - 9. Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. 10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. The king has the last word. 11 Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. ... 8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. There’s a Right Time for Everything. Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. Ecclesiastes 8:8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. No one who does evil can be saved by evil. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language - Unabridged Audiobook on 66 CDs in a Carrying Case, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/tan, The Message Bible--soft leather-look, sky blue, The Message Gift and Award Bible, Imitation Leather, Coral. 8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box.No one has any say-so regarding the day of death.No one can stop a battle in its tracks.No one who does evil can be saved by evil. Ecclesiastes 8:7. Ecclesiastes 10:9. Ecclesiastes 3 The Message (MSG) There’s a Right Time for Everything 3 There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: 2-8 A right time for birth and another for death, The Message; Ecclesiastes 8 ... Ecclesiastes 8. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when. Read verse in The Message Bible Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Ecclesiastes 10:8. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. Read verse in The Message Bible When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies - and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! Breaketh an hedge - Rather: “breaks through a wall.” Serpent - The habit of snakes is to nestle in a chink of a wall, or among stones (compare Amos 5:19). What would be some hints for memorizing Scripture? There's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies—and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! Learn more about The Message and changes its hard appearance. 1 There's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. The meaning is, “He who obeys the commandment (i. e., the word of the king, Ecclesiastes 8:4), will not be an accomplice in any act of rebellion; and if he be a wise man he discerns (literally knows) that the king‘s commandment or action is liable to correction, if it be wrong, in God‘s time and by God‘s judgment.” Search as hard as you like, you’re not going to make sense of it. 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. The king has the last word. 14 Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. Ecclesiastes 8 The Message (MSG) 8 There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Carrying out orders won’t hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. 14 Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. 16-17 When I determined to load up on wisdom and examine everything taking place on earth, I realized that if you keep your eyes open day and night without even blinking, you’ll still never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on this earth. Ecclesiastes 8 1 here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. 10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried —those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise [] in the city where they did this. All is vanity,” declares the Preacher, echoing the cries of many who have seen, experienced, and recognized the dreadful fallenness of our world (Eccles. More smoke. 2 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. Obey the King. 1 Who is like the wise? What was the sin of Sodom (Genesis 19:8)? No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. No matter how smart you are, you won’t get to the bottom of it. 12-13 Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. Update. I’d say that a stillborn baby gets the better deal. 5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. And gives gentleness to words and manners. a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. 2 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. 16-17 When I determined to load up on wisdom and examine everything taking place on earth, I realized that if you keep your eyes open day and night without even blinking, you’ll still never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on this earth. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. It blotches the face but it scours the heart. And gives gentleness to words and manners. Those Who Fear God Will Do Well - One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. Ask Us! It sees nothing … It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when. 1 There's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Who’s around to tell us? 3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. THE MESSAGE; Ecclesiastes; Chapter 8; Read the Bible THE MESSAGE Ecclesiastes 8:8. 8 There’s nothing better than being wise,Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life.Wisdom puts light in the eyes,And gives gentleness to words and manners. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own [] hurt. MSG Ecclesiastes 8 1 There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Crying is better than laughing. You learn more at a funeral than at a feast— After all, that’s where we’ll end up. 4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? Who’s around to tell us? No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. Get an Answer. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. 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