Day 104: Ecclesiastes 7-12

We are told of wisdom and folly in today’s reading.  “The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, while the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.”  We are told to be happy in days of prosperity, but remember in the days of adversity that God has made one as well as the other.  Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.  Do not take all words that are spoken about you so seriously.  Have you always spoken well of everyone? 

We are told to obey our rulers.  Do not, however, follow them into evil.  There are things that no man can know. 

 For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.”  There is one fate for the wicked and one fate for the righteous.  “Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.”  “The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.  “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”

We are told how the fool acts and reacts.  ‘Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.” 

We are told to plan ahead and divide our portion.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket? We don’t know what lies ahead.  Enjoy life, but remember that God will judge you in the end.  Do not hang on to grief and anger.

Remember God! Don’t wait until you are on your deathbed to honor the Lord.  “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”