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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6



Verse 2

Thereof. "Di tibi divitias dederunt artemque fruendi." (Horace, i. Ep. 4.) --- The proper use of riches is rare. (Calmet) --- Misery. Riches do not make people happy. (Worthington)

Verse 3

Than he, since the latter has injured no one, nor experienced any evil in the world, (Calmet) by his own fault; (Menochius) whereas the miser has both hurt himself and others, and has neglected to make himself friends of the mammon of iniquity.

Verse 4

He. The infant, though some explain it of the miser. (Calmet)

Verse 7

Mouth. We are always providing food. (St. Jerome) --- The rich are wholly bent on pleasure; or the poor cannot get a sufficiency.

Verse 8

Life. The wise poor shall be blessed. Hebrew, "the poor knowing how to walk before the living," (Haydock) in society (Calmet) among the saints. (Haydock)

Verse 9

Know. Enjoyment has the advantage over hope. Hebrew, "better is the sight of the eyes than the going of the soul," which denotes her desires. (Calmet) --- Presumption. Hebrew, "vexation." (Haydock)

Verse 10

He, &c. This is plainly spoken of Christ, whose name was given before he was born; (St. Jerome; Worthington) or men resemble each other in all ages, (chap. i. 9.; Calmet) being proud, fragile, &c.

Verse 11

Disputing. Are we better acquainted with nature than former ages? This is another subject of confusion. (Calmet)

Verse 19



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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Ecclesiastes 6:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 1859.

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