"Thou idle and evil servant." [Matthew 25:26] God puts no difference between nequaquam and nequam, a drone and a naughty pack, seem he never so "wise in his own eyes," [Proverbs 26:16] and have he never so much reason to allege for himself - as in the verse here next following; a fool he is, and so he will soon prove himself; for "he folds up his hands and hides them in his own bosom." Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Next » Chapter 5. [Proverbs 26:15] A great many chares he is likely to do the while: {See Trapp on "Proverbs 19:24"} And as ( Neque mola, neque farina - nothing do, nothing have) "he eateth his own flesh" - he maketh many a hungry meal, he hath a dog’s life, as we say. Chapter 4. Chapter 4 vs. 6: Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. 4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. Foldeth his hands - The envious man is here exhibited in the attitude of the sluggard (marginal references). 4:4 And I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. 5 The fool b folds his hands and c eats his own flesh. Ecclesiastes 10. 5 “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.”. To the place the streams come from, See note on Proverbs 1:7. His idleness eats away not only what he has but what he is: eroding his self-control, his grasp of reality, his capacity for care and, in the end, his self-respect" (Kidner p. 46). see Proverbs 6:10. Eateth his own flesh - i. e., “Destroys himself:” compare a similar expression in Isaiah 49:26; Psalm 27:2; Micah 3:3. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 5. There is, however, no exact parallel to the phrase “eats his flesh;” and I think that if the latter were the meaning intended, it would have been formally introduced in some such way as, “Wherefore I praised the sluggard.” Adopting, then, the ancient interpretation, we understand the course of conduct recommended to be the golden mean between the ruinous sloth of the fool and the vexatious toil of the ambitious man. That is, places his hands upon his chest, instead of using them for work. 5. Ecclesiastes 7. Ecclesiastes 4 Ecclesiastes 6 Chapter 5 Solomon, in this chapter, discourses, I. Perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, Ecclesiastes 4:4, he, like a fool, runs into the other extreme. This chapter discusses life's hardship … The fool foldeth his hands - After all, without labor and industry no man can get any comfort in life; and he who gives way to idleness is the veriest of fools. Note that the bum or the drop out has a moral problem. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … and consume their own flesh”— *. Again, I saw that for all toil and every … Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Next » Chapter 6. Bro-mance Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 4:6 One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind. than … For he comes out of prison to be king, Although he was born poor in his kingdom. Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.. Ver. I saw the tears of the oppressed, and there was no one to comfort them.+ And their oppressors had the power, and there was no one to comfort them. 5 Fools fold their hands. 4 Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. Ecclesiastes 5. Ecclesiastes 5:1-20 Fulfill Your Vow to God In Hebrew texts 5:1 is numbered 4:17, and 5:2-20 is numbered 5:1-19. CHAPTER 5. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. Oppression and evil deeds are vanity—The strength of two is better than one—Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king. This can be said of him, that he enjoys the common blessings of life with small care or anxiety. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 5 « Previous Chapter 4. (Ecc 4:13-16) The vanity of fame and its short life. "Ease slayeth this fool"; [Proverbs 1:32, marg.} ... 5 The a fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. and chasing the wind.”. [Matthew 25:26] God puts no difference between nequaquam and nequam, a drone … 3 b When you make a vow to God, delay not its fulfillment. Some understand this of the envious man, who is a fool, traduces the diligent and industrious, and will not work himself; and not only whose idleness brings want and poverty on him as an armed man, but whose envy eats up his spirit, and is rottenness in his bones, Proverbs 6:11. Ecclesiastes 4. The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Ec Ecc Eccles. Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. kesil, fat, inert. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. 4 Again I turned my attention to all the acts of oppression that go on under the sun. This also is vanity and a chase after wind. Ecclesiastes 8. 3 And better off than both is the yet unborn, who has not seen the wicked work that is done under the sun. Hebrew. : 4:2: Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. In order to get more sleep, or as unwilling to work; so the Targum adds, "he folds his hands in summer, and will not labour;'. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Isaiah 9:20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm: Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular, Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular, Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular, Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool folds his hands together (Ecclesiast. Ecclesiastes 5 Chapter 4 Solomon, having shown the vanity of this world in the temptation which those in power feel to oppress and trample upon their subjects, here further shows, I. Read this chapter in full. Flesh, which he will not labour to sustain; (Haydock) or he repines at his own past misconduct, and at the affluence of others. The Targum is, "in winter he eats all he has, even the covering of the skin of his flesh.'. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 4 « Previous Chapter 3. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for … They often become great and prosperous, but this excites envy and opposition. But it has been proposed, taking the verse in connection with that which precedes and those which follow, to understand them literally, “eats his meat;” the sense being that, considering the emulation and envy involved in all successful exertion, one is tempted to say that the sluggard does better who eats his meat in quiet. a. 5. The temptation which the oppressed feel to discontent and impatience (v. 1-3). 1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. But he is given his real name, the fool….He is the picture of complacency and unwitting self-destruction, for this comment on him points out deeper damage than the wasting of his capital. ( D) The fool folds his hands. 6 d Better is a handful of e quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. "folds his hands" (Prov. A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. Proverbs 6:10,11 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: …. (5) Eateth his own flesh.—Interpreters have usually taken these words metaphorically, as in Psalms 27:2; Isaiah 49:26; Micah 3:3, and understood them as a condemnation of the sluggard’s conduct as suicidal. 1 Jun 2012. God isn"t impressed by the person who is living off of society. 6 Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and pursuit of the wind.… The fool foldeth his hands together.] So, in these chapters we get a good cross-section of … Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. "Thou idle and evil servant." ; 24:33-34). If hard work and diligence bring success, but with negative side effects, then should we sink into apathy and let things slide? "the drop-out. Calmness and stillness. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. Carefully note, while God condemns the greedy, God also condemns the person who represents the opposite extreme, i.e. 6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the … 5 “Fools fold their arms. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: … 4:1: So I returned, and con side red all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. He disdains these frantic rivalries. A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. (4-6) Success often gains the envy of one’s neighbor. Better a poor and wise youth Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more. than two handfuls with hard work. 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