Comm. Ecclesiastes 12:11. The Fear of God is Utmost … 10 The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth. "they spur the will and stick in the memory" (Kidner p. 106) 4. The words of the wise [are] as goads lie down; and to direct them to walk straight on, without turning A rancher uses a prod to get the cattle’s attention; to get them going in the right direction. The Conclusion of the Matter. life, by their own works; as the Philistines were slain by [ 4:21] Now, as nails driven into pales do fasten them to their rails, so the godly and grave sentences of teachers - those "masters of assemblies" - do pierce into men’s hearts, to unite them unto God by faith, and one to another in love. Our exhortations truly should be strong and well pointed, not only to wound as arrows, but to stick by the people as forked arrows, that they may prove, as those of Joash, "the arrows of the Lord’s deliverance." The Inspirer. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. All true wisdom comes from one Shepherd. Years of ability and strength. Analogous is 2 Timothy 3:16, πᾶσα γραφὴ θεόπνευστος καὶ ὠφέλιμος πρὸς διδασκαλίαν, πρὸς ἐλεγμόν, etc., where the deeply penetrative influence of the Scriptures is traced to their divine inspiration. The Jews explain it of Moses, and his successors, who taught the people. the collection of words from wise men. So, realizing the perspective from which Solomon wrote this book, let’s read Ecclesiastes 9:11. They furnish a kind of mental anchorage" (Leupold p. 295). The words of Scripture are like nails in the sense that they establish a definite and sure reference point, something upon which you can hang everything, a definite point that will not move with time and culture (John ). A wise preacher aims to move his hearers. Israel the flock, the Lord the shepherd—this is a common image, especially in the post-exile writings. Ecclesiastes 11 – Towards True Wisdom A. 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. See notes on p. 864, and App-7. It is difficult to affix any meaning to the last clause, except that the sages, of whom the verse speaks, have been given for the instruction of the people by Israel’s great Shepherd (Psalms 80:1). Ecclesiastes 12:11 Context. We may say the same thing of the second parallel passage from the New Testament, Hebrews 4:12 : "for the word is living and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." The words of the wise; not of secularly or politicly wise men, but of the spiritually wise and holy men of God; of which, and not of the former, this whole context treats. אספים, "that which is collected, collectae, collectanea," is used in 1 Chronicles 26:15; 1 Chronicles 26:17, and Nehemiah 12:25, of the stores of the sanctuary, in reference to which it is said, in 2 Chronicles 25:24, "silver and gold and all the vessels which were found in the house of God." In. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. It might mean collections of sayings as well as of people. All explanations different from the one given by us split on the meaning of אספות just established. Though the general purpose of the verses is plain, the words used are enigmatical, and one cannot feel great confidence in assigning their precise meaning. contrition; and of awakening them from a sleep in sin to a sense 11. Such as shepherds fastened their tents to the ground with. In that case, however, בעלי is unsuitable; besides, the parallel expression, בעלי אספות, has a wider signification; and further, this book does not at all contain a "collection of sayings.". By the masters of assemblies; by the teachers of God’s church and people, whether prophets or others, appointed by God for that work. One of the most fascinating books of Scripture, Ecclesiastes sets out on a difficult but foundational task—reconciling the human longing to discover and understand, to find meaning and purpose, with the practical realities of being a … [ a] 12 Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. If the meaning of life was not found in the pursuit of pleasure (as in Ecclesiastes 2:10-11), it is also not found in asceticism and self-denial for its own sake. (translation: Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)) 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. when drowsy, out of their carnal security; and to correct them ), - it is masc., the sing. As a shepherd, as the loving support of his Church, God has given it the Holy Scriptures. 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. With regard to the “nail,” compare Ezra 9:8; Isaiah 22:23. KJV Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil [difficult] days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; So, what better time to remember and know and serve your Creator than in the prime of your life? like these are the truths and doctrines of the word, when they Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Duane A. Garrett, in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (New American Commentary), provides the following interpretations. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (Read Ecclesiastes 12:1-7) We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent, and seek forgiveness. I. And this clause seems to be added partly as the reason of that admirable harmony and agreement which is amongst all the men of God in all ages and places, because they are all taught by one Master, and guided by the same hand; and partly to oblige us to the greater attention and reverence to all their doctrines and counsels, which we are to receive as the word of God, and not of men only, as it is said, 1 Thessalonians 2:13. [Acts 2:37] St Stephen so galled his adversaries that they were "cut to the heart." And in this chapter, the Preacher in the first six verses gives us some good sound financial advice. Ecclesiastes 12:11 - Ang mga salita ng pantas ay gaya ng mga tulis; at gaya ng mga pako na nakakapit na mabuti, ang mga salita ng mga pangulo ng mga kapulungan, na nabigay mula sa isang pastor. 2 "Like goads they can rouse to action, promote reflection, restrain from error, impel to right; if they hurt and sting, the pain which they inflict is healthful, for good and not for evil" (P.P. Not the words of the (see Stier on the passage). But we can look for no better, so long as they have so mean an esteem of the ministers, those "masters of the assemblies" (whose office it is to congregate the people, and to preside in the congregations), which are given from one shepherd, the arch-shepherd [1 Peter 2:25] of his sheep, Jesus Christ, who in the days of his solemn inauguration into his kingdom, "gave these gifts unto men" - viz., "some to be apostles, some evangelists, some pastors, some teachers," &c. [Ephesians 4:11] What a mouth of blasphemy then opens that schismatical pamphleteer, (a) that makes this precious gift of Christ to his spouse, this sacred and tremendous function of the ministry, to be as mere an imposture, as very a mystery of iniquity, as arrant a fraud as the Papacy itself! 12 My child, I warn you to stay away from any teachings except these. See Genesis 48:15; Genesis 49:24. [Psalms 119:70] St Peter so preached that his hearers were "pricked at heart." Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary Meaning. Hence, such words of the wise." 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. But the power of the word to destroy, and its power to penetrate the heart with salvation, have one root. # 12.11 These sayings … together: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. Psalms 23:1. (Read Ecclesiastes 2:12-17) Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferable to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. בעל is any one who takes part in a matter: thus בעלי ברית are the associates of the covenant, (Genesis 14:13); בעלי רשע are those who are participators in wickedness (compare Ecclesiastes 7:12); בעלי עיר are the associates of a city, that is, the inhabitants: בעלי תלמוד, are the authors of the Talmud. The form, אספות, does not elsewhere occur, but the masculine form, אספים, does: this latter, therefore, must be our guide, more especially as it is in use amongst the writers of the post-exile period, to whose usage that of Koheleth everywhere bears resemblance. And as nails — Better, And as stakes firmly set, are those (words) of the masters of assemblies. God is first designated the Shepherd of Israel in Genesis 48:15; Genesis 49:24 : in the last quoted place He is limply called "the Shepherd." The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. ” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-12) Wisdom is like a goad or a nail. Acts 2:37 ) ( Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd. and these are also of use to the saints, as goads, to stir them “Assemblies” is a word not coming from the same root as that from which Kohéleth is derived. Ecclesiastes 12:12. ", Apart from the fact that this meaning is unsuitable—teachers or learned men are quite out of place here— אספותdoes not signify "assemblies." Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. The stakes are those to which the tent ropes are fastened, firmly holding the tent in its place. Either hēmmah points back to divre (Ecclesiastes 12:11): And as to what goes beyond these (in relation thereto) be warned (Schelling: quidquid ultra haec est, ab iis cave tibi , and thus e.g., Oehler in Herzog's R. E. vii. vileness and sinfulness to them; and of repentance and Proud member This is the conclusion to all of the Teacher’s observation. vi. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true(11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails —given by one shepherd. On any other mode of explanation we lose ourselves in a region of guesses. The two clauses correspond exactly to each other: to the "words of the wise," correspond the "associates of the collection," and to the goads, the nails driven in. There also, "the living energy of the word from which it is impossible to escape," (Delitzsch), is directed in the first instance against its enemies and despisers, as is evident from the warning reference made to facts of the time of Moses, when disobedience to the word was followed by death. 2. The word “masters” we have had twice in this book already in the sense of possessor, “master of the tongue” (Ecclesiastes 10:11), “master of wings” (Ecclesiastes 10:20). This is a definite claim that the content of this book came from God. This should be done early, while the body is strong, and the spirits active. Life in light of eternity. ploughing with them: and of a similar use are the doctrines of Looking beyond what can be seen. The subject of נחנו is firstly, "the words of the wise," and then "the associates of the collection:" in regard to the latter, compare Ephesians 4:11—"and he gave some apostles, etc." ( Ecc 11:9-10) Even in youth, remember that judgment will one day come. Jael drove one of these tent nails through Sisera’s temples, and laid his body as it were listening what was become of the soul. 1. "a picture of that which makes something fixed and immovable, a symbol of the stabilizing and sure character of wise teachings" (Garrett p. 344). The words of the wise. נטע means strictly "to plant;" it is used in Daniel 11:45, in the sense "to drive in." We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. "If the clouds be full of rain, they empty [themselves] upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the … From the praise of his own book, the author passes to the praise of the great whole, of which his work was destined to form a part, to wit, of the canonical books of the Old Testament The words of the wise, of the organs of the ἄνωθεν σοφία, of the authors of the sacred books: to the number thereof the author of this book must be reckoned according to what has preceded. In the opinion of others בעלי אספות is not the subject, but is put in opposition, and describes nails more particularly: "qui ipsi clavi sunt domini collectionum, i.e., instrumenta v. media firmiter res combinantia" (Geier). They also "nail down" all sorts of truths, so that we can say, "this is the truth", this is the final say. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. Hosea 6:5 ) ; Bible). And like nails driven in are the participators in the collection. A goad is a long stick with a point. As goads, and as nails, piercing into men’s dull minds and hard hearts, and quickening and provoking them to the practice of all their duties. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 1. is משׂמר ( מסמר ), Arab. Min with the pass., as at Job 21:1; Job 28:4; Psalms 37:23 (Ewald, §295 b ), is not synonymous with the Greek ὑπό . ; 3:16-17). Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 11 The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. Salem Media Group. "words of wise man are like goads"-"The goad was a rod with an iron spike, or sharpened at the end used for driving oxen (Judges ; 1 Samuel 12:21; Acts 9:5)" (P.P. fastened = planted. 3. the word, when attended with a divine efficacy; these are a means Which are given — Referring to “the words of the wise.” The savings of true wisdom, whether they are radical and arousing, like goads, or conservative and supporting, like tent stakes, are from the inspiration of one Shepherd, the Allwise, who, in manifold ways, aims at the correction and instruction of his creatures. Fastened; which do not only amuse and startle men for the present, as the wise and grave counsels of moral philosophers frequently do, but make powerful and abiding impressions in them; which is the peculiar effect of God’s word. Comm. (1-2) Working for a profit that can’t be immediately seen. Which are given from one shepherd; from God, or from Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd and Teacher of the church in all ages, by whose Spirit the ancient prophets, as well as other succeeding teachers, were inspired and taught, Jeremiah 3:15 1 Peter 1:11 2 Peter 1:21. "pricks", sharp pointed sticks or staves, with which men push and That root is the energetic life it draws from God, who is the fount of all life and of all strength. Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that … 97.). 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