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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Ecclesiastes 7



Verse 1

name . . . ointment. Note the Figure of speech Paronomasia (App-6), "shem mishshemen".

better. See note on Ecclesiastes 2:24.

precious = good. Same word as "good" at the beginning of the sentence.

Verse 2

the end. Hebrew. soph. See note on Ecclesiastes 3:11.

men. Hebrew. "addm (with Art.) = mankind. App-14. See note on Ecclesiastes 1:13.

Verse 4

fools = fat, inert. Hebrew. kesil. Same word as in verses: Ecclesiastes 7:5, Ecclesiastes 7:6, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Ecclesiastes 7:25 ("folly"). Not the same as "foolish "(Ecclesiastes 7:17), or "foolishness", Ecclesiastes 7:25. See note on "poverty", Proverbs 1:7.

Verse 6

crackling. Same word as "voice" (Genesis 3:8), used of any sound.

thorns . . . pot. Note Figure of speech Paronomasia (App-6). Hebrew. hassirim . . . hassir. May be Englished by "nettles . . . kettles".

vanity. See note on Ecclesiastes 1:2.

Verse 7

oppression = oppressing: i.e. the act of oppressing.

maketh . . . mad. Referring to the madness of folly.

mad = beyond control. See note on Ecclesiastes 1:17.

a gift = a bribe.

Verse 11

Wisdom. Hebrew. chakmah. See note on Proverbs 1:2.

with, &c. = like, or as. See Ecclesiastes 2:16; Ecclesiastes 8:1. Genesis 18:23, Genesis 18:25. Render:"Wisdom [is as] good as riches, and more advantageous to them that see the sun".

see the sun: i.e. the idiom for "are alive".

Verse 12

life = future life. See note on Leviticus 18:5.

Verse 13

God. Hebrew. Elohim.(with Art.) = the [true] God: i.e. the Deity. App-4.

Verse 14

find = discover.

Verse 15

just = righteous.

Verse 16

over much: i.e. depending on the merit of good works.

over wise: i.e. beyond what is necessary.

destroy thyself = make thyself lonely: i.e. forsaken. Compare Job 16:7.

Verse 17

Be not over much wicked = Be not very wicked: i.e. Be not wicked at all. For violation of nature"s laws surely end in premature death.

foolish = stupid. Hebrew. sakal; not the same word as in verses: Ecclesiastes 4:5, Ecclesiastes 4:6, Ecclesiastes 4:9, Ecclesiastes 4:25 ("folly"). See note on Proverbs 1:7.

why . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis. App-6.

Verse 18

come forth of them all = make His way with both.

Verse 19

the wise = a wise man.

Verse 21

curse = revile.

Verse 25

the reason . . . madness = in order to know the reason (or cause) of folly"s wickedness, and the madness of folly.

Verse 27

counting, &c. Or, supply the Ellipsis thus: "[considering women] one by one", &c.

account = result.

Verse 28

my soul = I myself. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13.

seeketh = sought.

Verse 29

Lo. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6. Same as "Behold" in Ecclesiastes 7:27.

they = mankind: not merely the above classes. This verse is admittedly the inspired truth of God: so therefore are the other statements in this book. Moreover, "they" is emphatic.

inventions = devices.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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