Outline of Ecclesiastes. On the contrary, Isaiah 32:7 is scarcely otherwise to be translated than "also when the poor maketh good his right," like 2 Samuel 1:23, "also in their death they are not divided." in many dreams and many words, also [there is] great vanity: referring to Ecclesiastes 5:3 above. The dreams could be from a source other than God. Bible Study Questions and Short Commentary . For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. God's service, which ought to be our chief good, becomes by "dreams" (foolish fancies as to God's requirements of us in worship) and random "words," positive "vanity." Deum siquis parum metuit, valde contemnit. The case supposes a man coming to the priest, and pretending that his vow was made rashly, and that it would be wrong to fulfil it. Just as there is futility in many dreams, so also in many words. Commentary on Ecclesiastes (with John Cobb and Brian Racer) Well done 77 page commentary in Pdf Recommended - Chasing the Wind - A Life of Futility ; Apple has numerous excellent quotes from other sources (Warren Wiersbe, Ray Stedman, Charles Swindoll, J Vernon McGee and the list goes on). כי refers to the exhortation, indirectly contained in what precedes, to avoid many words in our intercourse with God. But as for the rest, it is not easy to make the matter of the warning clear. : ne credas; or better, with Ginsburg, היא equals it is) without taking one of the vavs in the sense of "also." Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Ecclesiastes 5:7: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Ecclesiastes 5:6 : Ecclesiastes 5:8 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. 2 Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few. Rather, fear God. Search Type: Description: Example: all: search for verses that contains all of the search words. And throughout these 7 verses we’ll be repeatedly admonished about our speech in regard to God. et, may have this comparative or intensifying sense rising above that which is purely copulative, is seen from e.g., Numbers 9:14, cf. Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 5:7. The pred. Maybe they donothing. We could at all events render the vav, as also at Ecclesiastes 10:11; Exodus 16:6, as vav apod. The verse is better understood as telling why worship ever becomes unprofitable, so as to make necessary the preceding admonitions. הפיר, Mishnic התּיר) the vow. under Isaiah 1:5). multitude of dreams, which for the most part are vain and insignificant, so also in many words, i.e. Be not rash with thy mouth.] The words under consideration are words which are empty, i.e. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sinne, neither say thou before the Angel, that it was an errour: wherefore should God be angrie at thy voyce, and destroy the worke of thine hands? To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, In - dreams - are - divers vanities; but fear thou God -. The relation in _Ecc 5:2 is different where vav is that of comparison, and that which is compared follows the comparison. 5:7 For - There is a great deal of folly, as in multitude of dreams, which for the most part are vain and insignificant, so also in many words, in making many vows whereby a man is exposed to many snares and temptations. “Koheleth was a hakim,” a public teacher, and amid the comforts of the sanctuary he still utters admonitions and suggestions concerning true and fitting worship, “seeking out and setting in order” pithy and wholesome sayings. Rather, fear God.". Or maybe they send him to another official. Dreaming doesn"t really accomplish anything, and neither does mere talk. And in Hosea 8:6, והוּא, at least according to the punctuation, signifies "also it," as Jerome translates: ex Israele et ipse est. Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words [there are] also [divers] vanities: but fear thou God. By this word the Targ. Ecclesiastes 7:5. (7) This verse presents some difficulties of translation springing from corruption of text, but not affecting the general sense; according to which the many words which belong to the dreams and vanities of heathendom are contrasted with the fear of the only God. That it is not easy, may be concluded from this, that with Jewish interpreters it lies remote to think of a priest in the word hammǎlāch. Bible Commentary for Ecclesiastes 5:7. When you make a promise to Him, keep it, and place it as the highest priority in your life (Matthew ). And so eschew this evil of fond babbling (in God’s service especially), which is no less a vanity than plain doting, and procures Divine displeasure. It shoul… So, Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 he’s going to tell us about how we should relate to God. The author, in giving it to be understood that under these circumstances the offering of the sacrifice is just the direct contrary of a good work, calls to the conscience of the inconsiderate נודר: why should God be angry on account of thy voice with which thou dost excuse thy sins of omission, and destroy (vid., regarding חבּל under Isaiah 10:27) the work of thy hands (vid., under Psalm 90:17), for He destroys what thou hast done, and causes to fail what thou purposest? ; as dreams are vain things, or there are abundance of vain things that come into the mind in dreams; so vain and idle are the many excuses which are made for the non-performance of vows; or there are many vain things which are uttered in making of them, or in long prayers to God; or in discourses concerning him; to all which is opposed the fear of God; but fear thou God; give no heed to dreams, nor to the many words of men, which are vain and foolish; but keep close to the word of God, and worship him internally and externally, in spirit and in truth; for herein lies the sum and substance of religion; see Ecclesiastes 12:13; The Targum is, "for in the multitude of the dreams of the false prophets believe not, nor in the vanities of the authors of enchantments, and the many speeches of ungodly men; but serve the wise and just, and of them seek doctrine, and fear before the Lord;'. 7. Thus also Bullock renders, but without assigning a reason for it. Such mockery of God would bring the Divine displeasure, which might blast what was thus unduly kept. Posted on Aug 9, 2018 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. Pericope. The Preparation of Worship - Ecclesiastes 5; The Power of Worship - Psalm 40, John 12; The Protocol of Worship - Psalm 100; Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7. Fear thou God; fear the offence and wrath of God, and therefore be sparing in making vows, and just in performing them; whereby he implies that this rashness in vowing, and slackness in performing vows, proceed from the want of a just reverence and dread of the Divine Majesty, who is immediately concerned in these matters. but fear thou God; give no heed to dreams, nor to the many words of men, which are vain and foolish; but keep close to the word of God, and worship him internally and externally, in spirit and in truth; for herein lies the sum and substance of religion; see Ecclesiastes 12:13; The Targum is, "for in the multitude of the dreams of the false prophets believe not, nor in the vanities of the authors of enchantments, and the many speeches of ungodly men; but serve the wise and just, and of them seek doctrine, and fear before the Lord;''. Mere human dreams are basically empty, and are dreams aren"t telling us anything earth shaking! Bible Study Questions. — The first part of this verse, as given in our version, that there are “vanities” in dreams, etc., has no meaning. (See on Ecclesiastes 5:3). 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vowe, then that thou shouldest vowe and not pay. God‘s service, which ought to be our chief good, becomes by “dreams” (foolish fancies as of God‘s requirements of us in worship), and random “words,” positive “vanity.” The remedy is, whatever fools may do, “Fear thou God” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). New American Standard Version. Yet, even here, he maintains his professional character. The remedy is, "Fear God" (Ecclesiastes 12:13), then thou wilt speak and vow nothing which thou dost not sincerely mean. For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise — Which, though it cause some grief, yet frequently brings great benefit, even reformation, and salvation both from temporal and from eternal destruction; than the song of fools — Their flatteries, or merry discourses, which are as pleasant to corrupt nature as songs or music. Reverence, Humility, and Contentment. worship is made worthless, and vows come to be rashly uttered. There is beauty and freshness in this turning of Koheleth to the house of God after his weary and disheartening observations on so much of human life as he has now examined. Proceeding into the second section’s last subsection (Ecclesiastes 5:1-17), Solomon now for the first time directly addresses his audience with several exhortations, starting in verses 1-7 with cautions about coming before God. (s) So Luther, Broughton, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus. Let no one rashly call by oaths upon Him who dwells in heaven, to be a witness of what passeth upon earth; and, to avoid the occasions of swearing, be sparing of your words; for the voice of a giddy man is like a dream. He now enters again upon a series of investigations. Yet if you have vowed or promised any thing with an oath, do not be dilatory in performing it. Dreams are of various sorts. Ecclesiastes 5:7. Excessive talk, like daydreams or all dreams are nothing more than vanity. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! By these, worship is made worthless, and vows come to be rashly uttered. Ecclesiastes 12:5-7. From hearing, the Preacher proceeds to give directions for speaking, whether it be of God or to him. "Rather, fear God"-That is, approach Him with deep respect. Fear neither the dream nor its interpretation; God, will take care of and protect thee. David Guzik commentary on Ecclesiastes 1, where the author questions whether or not God matters, and declares that life is meaningless. For in the multitude, &c. — There is a great deal of folly, as in a multitude of dreams, which for the most part are vain and insignificant, so also in many words, especially in making many vows, whereby a man is exposed to many snares and temptations. That of the philosopher (b) hath a truth in it, Iustum ab iniusto non somno, sed somnio discerni, that a good man may be distinguished from a bad, though not by his sleep, yet by his dreams in his sleep. Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments Ecclesiastes 5:7. Where the Talm. For in the multitude of dreams, &c.— From the 2nd to this verse we have Solomon's second admonition to this purpose. Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them. understands the angel to whom the execution of the sentence of punishment shall be committed on the day of judgment; Aben Ezra: the angel who writes down all the words of a man; similarly Jerome, after his Jewish teacher. One would not barge into the President's office unannounced and unprepared, neither should we with God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. ; but וגו בּרב has not the character of a virtual antecedent, - the meaning of the expression remains as for the rest the same; but Hitzig's objection is of force against it (as also against Ewald's disposition of the words, like the of Symmachus, Jerome, and Luther: "for where there are many dreams, there are also vanities, and many words"), that it does not accord with the connection, which certainly in the first place requires a reason referable to inconsiderate talk, and that the second half is, in fact, erroneous, for between dreams and many words there exists no necessary inward mutual relation. 2 [] Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Most certainly, he that fears God need fear nothing else. The Pleasure Cycle. applies it juristically, Shabbath 32b, etc., Rashi explains hammalach by gizbar shěl-haqdesh, i.e., treasurer of the revenues of the sanctuary; and in the Comm. For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. But there are also passages in which it cannot be otherwise translated than by "also." Discharge your engagement, and do not provoke God to anger, who is able to punish you with the utmost severity. Rash Vows: NETBible. But that some dreams are divine, some diabolical, and some natural, Peculiare solarium naturalis oraculi, as one speaketh, good symptoms and indications of the natural constitution, no wise man ever doubted. Individual cases in which a husband can dissolve the vow of his wife, and a father the vow of his daughter, are enumerated in Numbers 30; besides, in the traditional law, we find the sentence: "A vow, which one who makes it repents of, can be dissolved by a learned man (חכם), or, where none is present, by three laymen," Bechoroth 36b; the matter cannot be settled by any middle person (שׁליח), but he who has taken the vow (הנודר) must appear personally, Jore deah c. 228, 16. “This was too painful for me, until I went into the sanctuary of God.” There he finds help and consolation, and is strengthened to resume and extend his inquiries. Therefore the passage cannot at all be traditionally understood of an official dissolution of an oath. For in the multitude of dreams, and many words, there are also divers vanities,.... Or as, "in a multitude of dreams, there are many vanities, so also in a multitude of words"F19So Luther, Broughton, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus. “Koheleth was a hakim,” a public teacher, and amid the comforts of the sanctuary he still utters admonitions and suggestions concerning true and fitting worship, “seeking out and setting in order” pithy and wholesome sayings. For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. Hitzig, as Knobel before him, seeks to help this, for he explains: "for in many dreams are also vanities, i.e., things from which nothing comes, and (the like) in many words." Whoever fears God truly will speak nothing before Him that does not come from the very centre of his heart, will vow nothing which he is not resolved inviolably to perform. Under this passage Ginsburg has an entire excursus regarding the angels. More Ecclesiastes commentaries. Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Keep Your Vows. For — There is a great deal of folly, as in multitude of dreams, which for the most part are vain and insignificant, so also in many words, in making many vows whereby a man is exposed to many snares and temptations. Ver. His many words are as vain, when you come to examine them, as the uneasiness brought on you by a dream, which vanisheth away when you awake: Ecclesiastes 5:3. [Psalms 90:11]. This is particularly challenging for a book like Ecclesiastes. For in the multitude of dreams ... (there are) ... vanities, ... - (Note, Ecclesiastes 5:3.) For in the multitude of dreams, and many words. This comes by many reveries and talkings and vanities. The further warning refers to the lessening of the sin of a rash vow unfulfilled as an unintentional, easily expiable offence: "and say not before the messenger of God that it was a שׁגגה, a sin of weakness." Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary: In Ecclesiastes 4 and 5 the Preacher wants to talk to us about the following subjects: Oppression; Work; Companionship; Wisdom; God; Riches; Enjoying life; And really – what more is there to life? 6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. For in the multitude, &c. — There is a great deal of folly, as in a multitude of dreams, which for the most part are vain and insignificant, so also in many words, especially in making many vows, whereby a man is exposed to many snares and temptations. 5:7 For - There is a great deal of folly, as in multitude of dreams, which for the most part are vain and insignificant, so also in many words, in making many vows whereby a man is exposed to many snares and temptations. Plural of emphasis = great vanity: i.e. translate "before God," as if the words of the text were אל נגד, Psalm 138:1, or as if hammalach could of itself mean God, as presenting Himself in history. commentaries, but also practically in terms of its message for the church. According to the interpunction of the passage before us, וּד הר is the pred., and thus, with the Venet., is to be translated: "For in many dreams and vanities there are also many words." The lxx and Syr. (Haydock), "For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. The Telmisenses nulla somnia evacuabant, saith Tertullian, (a) made no dreams to be vain. That the Heb. But fear thou God.] Study the bible online using commentary on Ecclesiastes 5 and more! But fear thou God — Fear the wrath of God, and therefore be sparing in making vows, and just in performing them. pdf | ppt | mp3. The meaning of a text like Ecclesiastes for the church depends so much on the original meaning of the text; and as will become apparent in the Introduction to this commentary… "fish bread" will search for verses that contains fish AND bread in minimum 1 bible version For fear God. (c) He that fears not God’s wrath is sure to feel it. But — Fear the wrath of God, and therefore be sparing in making vows, and just in performing them. If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field. also Joshua 14:11. Do not aggravate the crime by denying the vow when you are required to pay it. Supposing that hammalach is the official name of a man, and that of a priest, we appear to be under the necessity of imagining that he who is charged with the obligation of a vow turns to the priest with the desire that he would release him from it, and thus dissolve (bibl. You were free, and might have dispensed with binding yourself in that manner; but after taking such an engagement upon you, not to discharge it is the behaviour of an imprudent man, who does not know his own will: Ecclesiastes 5:4. But there is no evidence that the priests had the power of releasing from vows. For in the multitude of dreams and many words. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: for God [is] in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. So, in these chapters we get a good cross-section of issues of life and how to approach them. In 2 Chronicles 27:5, in like manner, the two vavs are scarcely correlative, but we have, with Keil, to translate, "also in the second and third year." Ecclesiastes 11 Song of Songs 1 Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 New International Version (NIV) 5 when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. 5 [] Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. vav, like the Greek καί, the Lat. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. You must not base your belief on just dreams. Without doubt hammǎlāch is an official byname of a priest, and that such as was in common use at the time of the author. The Pursuit of Pleasure. But fear thou God — Fear the wrath of God, and therefore be sparing in making vows, and just in performing them. Ecclesiastes 5:16. Let’s first read verses 1 and 2 where we’ll be told that our words to God should be carefully thought out, and few. Well may an upright soul say to Satan himself, I fear God; and because I fear him, I do not fear thee. But not only is this assumed carrying forward of the ב doubtful, but the principal thing would be made a secondary matter, and would drag heavily. Add to my study list. These. a. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 5:4-8 (Read Ecclesiastes 5:4-8) When a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to sin. Ecclesiastes 3:9-22 From Dust to Dust. Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 5:7. For … vanities - Or, For so it happens through many dreams and vanities and many words. He now enters again upon a series of investigations. {See Trapp on "Genesis 20:3"} Epicurus judged them all vain. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Everything Has Its Time. Ecclesiastes 5:7 Context. 7.Dreams’ many words’ vanities — The first part of this verse, as given in our version, that there are “vanities” in dreams, etc., has no meaning. Ecclesiastes 5:7 For where many dreams are, there are vanities and many words, with them is it even so. 5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: 6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones. Ecclesiastes 5:7, KJV: "For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God." The question with lammah resembles those in Ezra 4:22; Ezra 7:23, and is of the same kind as at Ecclesiastes 7:16.; it leads us to consider what a mad self-destruction that would be (Jeremiah 44:7, cf. “This was too painful for me, until I went into the sanctuary of God.” There he finds help and consolation, and is strengthened to resume and extend his inquiries. והבלים, however, connects itself with "vanity of vanities," which is Koheleth's final judgment regarding all that is earthly. Ecclesiastes 5:14. Ver. Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft. 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But the principal stress lies on ודברים הרבה, to which also the too rash, inconsiderate vows belong. 5. Login or Create an Account . Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 God Alone Gives Contentment . You can find the best commentary on Ecclesiastes for … But that is altogether fanciful. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 The Meaning of Pleasure. As has been pointed to already, the answers to the problems of the human condition lie with Him. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand. Ecclesiastes 5:7. Design & Purpose of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 The Evils of Oppression. 1 Therefore, fear God! There is beauty and freshness in this turning of Koheleth to the house of God after his weary and disheartening observations on so much of human life as he has now examined. Unfortunately, even some Christians treat God with less respect than mere human beings (Malachi 1:6-9). Ecclesiastes 5:7, ESV: "For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear." Apparently the text (although the lxx had it before them, as it is before us) has undergone dislocation, and is thus to be arranged: כי ברב חלמת ודברים הרבה והבלים: for in many dreams and many words there are also vanities, i.e., illusions by which one deceives himself and others. Therefore do not attempt it; but fear him to whom you are really bound, notwithstanding all the evasions you may have recourse to: Ecclesiastes 5:5-7. Ecclesiastes 5:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ecclesiastes 5:7, NIV: "Much dreaming and many words are meaningless.Therefore fear God." For in the multitude of dreams and vanities and many words. A list of the best commentaries on Ecclesiastes ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. Calling on God necessitates preparation. Bible Study Questions . The reason for the foregoing admonition now following places the inconsiderate vow under the general rubric of inconsiderate words. Instead, Solomon won"t be impressed by those who claim that there is some hidden message or truth in our dreams. The verse is better understood as telling why worship ever becomes unprofitable, so as to make necessary the preceding admonitions. People should realise thatthis happens in th… to Koheleth he supposes that some one has publicly resolved on an act of charity (צדקה), i.e., has determined it with himself, and that now the representative of the congregation (שׁליח) comes to demand it. Verse 8 Where there are many officials, it is very hard for apoor person. We cannot succeed in interpreting Ecclesiastes 5:6 [7] (in so far as we do not supply, after the lxx and Syr. Yet, even here, he maintains his professional character. There is a great deal of vanity and folly, as in. Ecclesiastes 5:7 Context. As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. Ecclesiastes 3:1-22. He cannot afford to give moneyto the officials. The words or arguments which you might think of using to justify yourself, are as vain as dreams. 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