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2018 November 13
Ecclesiastes 11

Faust on Easter Morning (1856)
Johann Peter Krafft (1780-1856)
Neoclassical Style
Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting is based on Goethe's version of the Faust myth. It depicts a moment when Faust turned from the folly of suicide to wisdom of the type commended in today's chapter. As detailed in the title link, above, Faust went through various stages of wisdom and folly (both before and after his near suicide), eventually finding the promise of redemption. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: Ecclesiastes 11 exhorts us about giving, assumptions, sobriety, and rejoicing.
     Giving. The chapter begins with an exhortation on giving: "Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou know not what evil shall be upon the earth." These words tell us to give even or our necessities ("bread"), and to give to many. You do not know what evil shall be upon the earth; and your generosity will be repaid when the evil comes (1-2).
     Assumptions. The next few verses tell us to avoid assumptions. Although it is true that certain things are inevitable (rain from heavy rain clouds, or a tree remaining where it falls), one can waste time making assumptions about when and how things will happen. If you observe the wind or gaze at the clouds, trying to discern what will happen, you may neither sow nor reap. There are things which you cannot know, such as the way of the spirit, or how bones grow in the womb, or the works of God who makes all. So, instead of being paralyzed by speculation, in the morning sow your seed, and be diligent in the evening; for you do not know what shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall alike be good (3-6).
     Sobriety. You must also live soberly. The light is sweet; and it is pleasant to behold the sun. But, even if you live long and rejoice constantly, remember the days of darkness, because they will be many. All that comes is vanity. So rejoice in your youth; let your heart cheer you; and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but realize that for all of these things God will bring you into judgment (7-9).
     Rejoicing. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity (10).

     [ Sermons: William Still. Philip Ryken. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Ecclesiastes 11: Ecclesiastes 10. Ecclesiastes 12. ]
[1] Deuteronomy 15:10; Psalm 41:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:8-10; Hebrews 6:10.
[2] Nehemiah 8:10; Luke 6:30-35.
[3] Isaiah 55:10-11.
[4] Proverbs 20:4; Proverbs 22:13.
[5] John 3:8.
[6] Ecclesiastes 7:24; Ecclesiastes 9:1, 10; Hosea 10:12.
[7] Psalm 56:13.
[8] Ecclesiastes 6:6; Ecclesiastes 8:12.
[9] Ecclesiastes 12:1; Psalm 81:12; Ecclesiastes 3:17; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Hebrews 9:27.
[10] Ecclesiastes 12:1; 2 Timothy 2:22.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Ecclesiastes Outline

Note: Around 946 B.C., Solomon seems to have been at a peak spiritually, hence Ecclesiastes may have been composed by him around that time, assuming he is the author.

Ecclesiastes 11

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

Teacher's Words: Coping with Vanity (2:12 - 11:9)

Giving (11:1-2)

1 Cast thy bread upon [the face of] the waters:
for thou shalt find it after many days.
2 Give a portion to seven,
and also to eight;
for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Assumptions (10:3-6)

3 If the clouds be full of rain,
they empty themselves upon the earth:
and if the tree fall toward the south,
or toward the north,
in the place where the tree [which] falleth,
there it shall be.
4 He that observeth the wind
shall not sow;
and he that regardeth the clouds
shall not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit,
nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child:
even so thou knowest not [these] the works of God
who maketh [this] -- all.
6 In the morning sow [this] thy seed,
and in the evening withhold not thine hand:
for thou knowest not whether [this] shall prosper,
either this or that,
or whether they both shall be alike good.

Sobriety (10:7-9)

7 Truly the light is sweet,
and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold [this] the sun:
8 But if a man live many years,
and rejoice in them all;
yet let him remember [these] the days of darkness;
for they shall be many.
All that cometh is vanity.
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth;
and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth,
and walk in the ways of thine heart,
and in the sight of thine eyes:
but know thou,
that for all these things
God will bring thee into judgment.

Rejoicing (10:10)

Teacher's Conclusion - Overcome Vanity by Serving God (11:10 - 12:7)

10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart,
and put away evil from thy flesh:
for childhood and youth are vanity.

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