objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To achieve this we have used a variety of means,
notes, headings, verse summaries.)
Ecclesiastes 6: Acquiring Wealth & uncertainties in life
Comments: This part of the book just continues with a
varied selection of reflections mostly about acquisition of wealth
[v.1-7] and then on how to be at peace or contented in this uncertain
1: v.1-7: Acquisition & Use of Wealth
Success & Prosperity doesn't necessarily mean you can enjoy
have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on
God gives some
people wealth, possessions and honour, so that they lack nothing
their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to
enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless,
a grievous evil.
A man may have
a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long
he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive
A stillborn child is better off than such a one not able to enjoy
say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness
its name is shrouded.
it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does
if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his
prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?
We work for food but often are never satisfied
toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.
2: v.8-12: Reflections on being at peace in uncertain life
The wise poor is better off than the foolish rich
advantage have the wise over fools? What do the poor gain by knowing
how to conduct themselves before others?
Be at peace with what you see, not what you yearn for
what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is
meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Learn to be at peace in your station in life
exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known;
no one can contend with someone who is stronger.
Too many words means the meaning gets lost
more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit
Life can be uncertain and the future on earth when you are gone,
even more so
who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and
meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell
them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?
to Ecclesiastes 7