Ecclesiastes 4. One of the wise sayings of Ecclesiastes urges us to maintain calmness and stillness. Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. 5. King James Bible Ecclesiastes Chapter: 4. A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. Calmness and stillness. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind. 6. ; 24:33-34). Ecclesiastes 6. Ecclesiastes 9. There ought certainly to be activity according to our calling; indolence is self-destruction: “The fool foldeth his hands, and eateth his own flesh.” He layeth his hands together (Prov 6:10-24:33), - placeth them in his bosom, instead of using them in working, - and thereby he eateth himself up, i.e., bringeth ruin upon himself (Psalms 27:2; Micah 3:3; Isaiah 49:26); for instead of nourishing himself by the labour of his hands, he feeds on his own flesh, and thus wasteth away. "Thou idle and evil servant." Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. "consumes his own flesh"-brings ruin upon himself. Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.. Ver. Chapter 5 vs.7: For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also divers vanities: but fear thou God. 4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. Ecclesiastes 5. ... 5 The a fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. "Ease slayeth this fool"; [Proverbs 1:32, marg.} Show content in: English Both Hebrew. There is, however, no exact parallel to the phrase “eats his flesh;” and I think that if the latter were the meaning intended, it would have been formally introduced in some such way as, “Wherefore I praised the sluggard.” Adopting, then, the ancient interpretation, we understand the course of conduct recommended to be the golden mean between the ruinous sloth of the fool and the vexatious toil of the ambitious man. Ecclesiastes 5. Ecclesiastes 5 Chapter 4 Solomon, having shown the vanity of this world in the temptation which those in power feel to oppress and trample upon their subjects, here further shows, I. Foldeth his hands - The envious man is here exhibited in the attitude of the sluggard (marginal references). Some persons, to escape the envy which diligence and industry bring on men, will not work at all, or do any right work, and think to sleep in a whole skin; this is great folly and madness indeed: and eateth his own flesh; such a man is starved and famished for want of food, so that his flesh is wasted away; or he is so hungry bitten, that he is ready to eat his own flesh; or he hereby brings to ruin his family, his wife, and children, which are his own flesh, Isaiah 58:7. This also is a vanity 1 and a striving after wind. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. 3 And better off than both is the yet unborn, who has not seen the wicked work that is done under the sun. 1 Jun 2012. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 5 « Previous Chapter 4. Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Isaiah 9:20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm: Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular, Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular, Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular, Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool folds his hands together (Ecclesiast. It is good to find enjoyment in life. Hebrew. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.”. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. What is gained by toil? Job 13:14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? Again, I saw that for all toil and every … Ecclesiastes rails against "fools" once more. Concerning the worship of God, prescribing that as a remedy against all those vanities which he had already observed to be in wisdom, learning, pleasure, honour, power, and business. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … 4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. (Ecclesiastes 4:4-6, NASB). The fool foldeth his hands together.] Ecclesiastes 8. and chasing the wind.”. 1 * Be not hasty in your utterance and let not your heart be quick to utter a promise in God’s presence. Oppression and evil deeds are vanity—The strength of two is better than one—Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king. (5) Eateth his own flesh.—Interpreters have usually taken these words metaphorically, as in Psalms 27:2; Isaiah 49:26; Micah 3:3, and understood them as a condemnation of the sluggard’s conduct as suicidal. Next » Chapter 5. Proverbs 6:10,11 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: …. ( E) Better a handful with quietness. The fool foldeth his hands - After all, without labor and industry no man can get any comfort in life; and he who gives way to idleness is the veriest of fools. see Proverbs 6:10. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 4 « Previous Chapter 3. Jarchi, out of a book of theirs called Siphri, interprets this of a wicked man in hell, when he sees the righteous in glory, and he himself judged and condemned. ). "Thou idle and evil servant." 3 comments Ecc5: Do not make rash vows before God. 4 Again I turned my attention to all the acts of oppression that go on under the sun. John Trapp Complete Commentary. ( D) The fool folds his hands. Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. Ecclesiastes 4 Ecclesiastes 6 Chapter 5 Solomon, in this chapter, discourses, I. 4:1: So I returned, and con side red all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Read this chapter in full. "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: … For a dream cometh with a multitude of business, and a fool's voice with a multitude of words. : 4:2: Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 5 Fools fold their hands. This also is vanity and a chase after wind. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. ... Chapter 4. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. In order to get more sleep, or as unwilling to work; so the Targum adds, "he folds his hands in summer, and will not labour;'. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind. [Matthew 25:26] God puts no difference between nequaquam and nequam, a drone and a naughty pack, seem he never so "wise in his own eyes," [Proverbs 26:16] and have he never so much reason to allege for himself - as in the verse here next following; a fool he is, and so he will soon prove himself; for "he folds up his hands and hides them in his own bosom." A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. fool. I saw all the living who walk under the sun; They were with the second youth who stands in his place. To the place the streams come from, He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. But it has been proposed, taking the verse in connection with that which precedes and those which follow, to understand them literally, “eats his meat;” the sense being that, considering the emulation and envy involved in all successful exertion, one is tempted to say that the sluggard does better who eats his meat in quiet. and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. Bro-mance And eateth his own flesh — Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread. The fool — Is careless and idle: perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, he runs into the other extreme. kesil, fat, inert. [Matthew 25:26] God puts no difference between nequaquam and nequam, a drone … The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called ' Qoheleth', composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. Still the indolence which 'folds the fool's hands together' is to be reprobated, because such a one ruins himself - "eateth his own flesh" (Isaiah 9:20; Isaiah 49:26). 6 And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness. 4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is … Eateth — Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Chapter 4 vs. 6: Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. 4:4-6 Solomon notices the sources of trouble peculiar to well-doers, and includes all who labour with diligence, and whose efforts are crowned with success. Read this chapter in full. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. But he is given his real name, the fool….He is the picture of complacency and unwitting self-destruction, for this comment on him points out deeper damage than the wasting of his capital. 3 b When you make a vow to God, delay not its fulfillment. 5 The fool b folds his hands and c eats his own flesh. 1 Be not rash with your mouth, and let your heart not be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is … than … Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. So, in these chapters we get a good cross-section of … The temptation which the oppressed feel to discontent and impatience (v. 1-3). The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh. He disdains these frantic rivalries. fool (the wicked oppressor) is not to be envied even in this life, who “folds his hands together” in idleness (Proverbs 6:10; Proverbs 24:33), living on the means he wrongfully wrests from others; for such a one. that is done under the sun. Next » Chapter 6. Flesh, which he will not labour to sustain; (Haydock) or he repines at his own past misconduct, and at the affluence of others. Chapter 5. For God has no pleasure in fools; fulfill what … eateth his own flesh — that is, is a self-tormentor, never satisfied, his spirit preying on itself (Isaiah 9:20; Isaiah 49:26). poverty comes upon him as an armed man; grief also slays him; {Proverbs 21:25] envy consumes his flesh, and he is vexed at the plenty of painful persons, and, because he cannot come at, or rather pull out their hearts, he feeds upon his own. That is, places his hands upon his chest, instead of using them for work. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Lesson 3: Chapter 2 – The wisest and the richest still lose Lesson 4: Chapter 3:1-15 – To everything there is a season (turn, turn, turn) Lesson 5: Chapter 3:16 – 4:12 – Oppression, toil, and friendship Lesson 6: Chapter 4:13 – 5:12 – How to get a good night’s rest Lesson 7: Chapter 5:13 – 6:12 – Rich but all alone 1 comment Ecc6: Here is an evil: to have wealth and honour but not to enjoy them. 6 d Better is a handful of e quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 10. Carefully note, while God condemns the greedy, God also condemns the person who represents the opposite extreme, i.e. Ecclesiastes 7. The fool foldeth his hands together.] In Ecclesiastes 4-5 the Preacher wants to talk to us about the following subjects: oppression, work, companionship, wisdom, God, riches, and enjoying life. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. The emphasis does not lie on the subject (the fool, and only the fool), but on the pred. 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