0 The dead know nothing (Ecclesiastes 7-12)

Episode 178: The dead know nothing

Ecclesiastes 7-12

The song of fools

7 1 A good reputation is more valuable than precious ointment.

3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for the heart is improved by sadness.

4 The wise mourn, while fools rejoice.

5 It's better to be rebuked by wise people than to be praised by fools.

8 It's better to be patient than proud.

9 Don't be quick to anger.

10 Don't say, "I miss the good old days."

15 Only the good die young.

21 Don't believe everything you hear.

25 Try to discover things with reason. Seek wisdom. Avoid folly, foolishness, and madness.

Not one woman

26 Some women are worse than death. They trap and destroy men in their nets.

28 I have found a few good men (maybe one in a thousand or so), but not a single good woman.

Obey the king

8 1 Wisdom makes a person's face shine.

2 Obey the king as you would God.

3 A king does whatever he wants.

4 His word is all-powerful.

No one can say to him, "What are you doing?"

Eat, drink, and be merry

15 Eat, drink, and be merry.

17 There are some things that we will never know.

Time and chance happen to us all

9 2 The same thing happens to us all: we die.

4 As long as we live, there is hope. A living dog is better than a dead lion.

5 The living know they will die, but the dead know nothing.

They have no reward, and their memory is forgotten.

6 All their love, hatred, and envy die with them. Nothing survives their death.

7 So eat your bread and drink your wine with a happy heart. God accepts your works.

8 Always wear white clothing. And put some oil on your head.

9 Live joyfully with the wife that you love.

10 And whatever you do in this life, do it with all your might.

Because there is no work, knowledge, or wisdom in the grave.

11 The race isn't to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to those with understanding, nor good fortune to the skilled; time and chance happen to us all.

12 For none of us knows when we will die.

Like fish in a net or birds in a snare, we are snared in an evil time when it falls suddenly upon us.

16 Wisdom is better than strength or weapons of war.

18 But one bad person can destroy much that is good.

Dead flies

10 1 Dead flies make an ointment stinky,

as small mistakes tarnish a wise and honored reputation.

2 A wise person's heart is on the right side of the body, but a fool's heart is on the left.

3 A fool calls everyone else a fool.

12 The words of the wise are gracious, but fools are swallowed by their own lips.

13 They begin by speaking foolishness, and end with mischievous madness.

14 A fool is full of words.

19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes us merry, but money solves every problem.

20 Don't curse the king or rich people.

(Don't even think anything bad about a king, because a little bird might tell him about your bad thoughts.)

Bread on the waters

11 1 Throw your bread on the waters. It'll come back after many days.

2 Give some to seven or eight. Who knows what evil there will be on earth?

3 In the place where the tree falls, there it shall be.

5 You don't know how the fetus develops in the womb, so you don't know the works of God.

8 If you live a long life, rejoice in that.

But remember your days of darkness, for there will be many.

9 Enjoy your youth, follow your heart, and look where you're going.

Of the making of books there is no end

12 12 There is no end to the making of books.

And much studying is a weariness of the flesh.

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