The author has fully explored the meaning of human existence. The conclusion is that we fear God and keep his commandments. That is our whole duty.
Remember also your Creator. It is easy for people to inadvertently fall away from their faith. The remedy is to walk with the LORD every day.
in the days of your youth. It is easy for teens to become skeptical and reject their faith. The remedy is to walk with the LORD every day.
Luke 9:23. He said to all, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross [daily], and follow me.
clouds return after the rain. This is an image of the cloudy and rainy winter in Palestine.
VERSE 3. in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look out of the windows are darkened,
The phrases in this verse are often interpreted as the symptoms of growing old:
|keepers of the house shall tremble||our arms grow weak|
|strong men shall bow themselves||our legs grow weak|
|grinders cease because they are few||our teeth fall out|
|look out of the windows are darkened||our eyes grow dim|
VERSE 4. and the doors shall be shut in the street; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one shall rise up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
VERSE 5. yes, they shall be afraid of heights, and terrors will be on the way; and the almond tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goes to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets:
afraid of heights. Older people are often more afraid of heights.
NLT translation: Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken.
the silver cord of life. Some people say this verse teaches about a physical connection between our physical body and our eternal soul. It is a silver cord, they say. It has infinite elasticity. It keeps our soul tethered, like the string on a balloon keeps it from flying away. The moment of our death is when the silver cord finally severs, they say.
the spirit. That is, “the life breath” (NAB translation).
Kohelet. This can also be spelled as “Quoheleth.”
proverbs. That is, wise sayings.
VERSE 10. The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written blamelessly, words of truth.
like goads. These wise sayings goad us to fuller insights about life.
VERSE 12. Furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
NIV 1984 translation: Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
This reminds us of Micah chapter 6:
Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
VERSE 14. For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.
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