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. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. So, in these chapters we get a good cross-section of … fool. that is done under the sun. 6 Better one handful with tranquillity. Hebrew. Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is … 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. 5.The fool’ eateth his own flesh — The activity of the jealous is here contrasted with the quiet of the stupid, to the advantage of the latter: The stupid foldeth his hands, yet hath meat to eat. 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 5. 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. 4:4-6 Solomon notices the sources of trouble peculiar to well-doers, and includes all who labour with diligence, and whose efforts are crowned with success. (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. 5. 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. 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. : 4:2: Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 6 Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and pursuit of the wind.… Foldeth his hands together; is careless and idle, which is the signification of this gesture, Proverbs 6:10 19:24 26:15. This also is a vanity 1 and a striving after wind. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. ... 5 The a fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Ecclesiastes 11. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called ' Qoheleth', composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. 4 Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. 1 * Be not hasty in your utterance and let not your heart be quick to utter a promise in God’s presence. Ecclesiastes 6. For God has no pleasure in fools; fulfill what … Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 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. 3 b When you make a vow to God, delay not its fulfillment. Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. a. The fool foldeth his hands, &c. — Is careless and idle: perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, he runs into the other extreme. Ecclesiastes 4 is the fourth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. If hard work and diligence bring success, but with negative side effects, then should we sink into apathy and let things slide? It is good to find enjoyment in life. "The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.". Lesson 3: Chapter 2 – The wisest and the richest still lose Lesson 4: Chapter 3:1-15 – To everything there is a season (turn, turn, turn) Lesson 5: Chapter 3:16 – 4:12 – Oppression, toil, and friendship Lesson 6: Chapter 4:13 – 5:12 – How to get a good night’s rest Lesson 7: Chapter 5:13 – 6:12 – Rich but all alone Eateth his own flesh; wasteth his substance, and bringeth himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pineth away for want of bread, and he is reduced to skin and bone; and if he have any flesh left, he is ready to eat it through extremity of hunger. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for … see Proverbs 6:10. (Ecc 4:13-16) The vanity of fame and its short life. And eateth his own flesh — Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread. A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. King James Bible Ecclesiastes Chapter: 4. Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. CHAPTER 5. Chapter 4. ( E) Better a handful with quietness. 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. Carefully note, while God condemns the greedy, God also condemns the person who represents the opposite extreme, i.e. And really – what more is there to life? "Thou idle and evil servant." 1 comment Ecc6: Here is an evil: to have wealth and honour but not to enjoy them. Jarchi, out of a book of theirs called Siphri, interprets this of a wicked man in hell, when he sees the righteous in glory, and he himself judged and condemned. Next » Chapter 6. [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." Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. poverty comes upon him as an armed man; grief also slays him; {Proverbs 21:25] envy consumes his flesh, and he is vexed at the plenty of painful persons, and, because he cannot come at, or rather pull out their hearts, he feeds upon his own. and ruin themselves. 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. To the place the streams come from, 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. A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. There ought certainly to be activity according to our calling; indolence is self-destruction: “The fool foldeth his hands, and eateth his own flesh.” He layeth his hands together (Prov 6:10-24:33), - placeth them in his bosom, instead of using them in working, - and thereby he eateth himself up, i.e., bringeth ruin upon himself (Psalms 27:2; Micah 3:3; Isaiah 49:26); for instead of nourishing himself by the labour of his hands, he feeds on his own flesh, and thus wasteth away. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called ' (the) Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"), composed probably between the 5th to 2nd century BCE. The fool foldeth his hands together.] 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. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. 5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh. Foldeth his hands - The envious man is here exhibited in the attitude of the sluggard (marginal references). and chasing the wind.”. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. Next » Chapter 5. 6 The wind blows to the south. The fool — Is careless and idle: perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, he runs into the other extreme. For a dream cometh with a multitude of business, and a fool's voice with a multitude of words. The Targum is, "in winter he eats all he has, even the covering of the skin of his flesh.'. The emphasis does not lie on the subject (the fool, and only the fool), but on the pred. Ecclesiastes 4. 6 d Better is a handful of e quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. Concerning the worship of God, prescribing that as a remedy against all those vanities which he had already observed to be in wisdom, learning, pleasure, honour, power, and business. 5 Fools fold their hands. "Ease slayeth this fool"; [Proverbs 1:32, marg.} fool (the wicked oppressor) is not to be envied even in this life, who “folds his hands together” in idleness (Proverbs 6:10; Proverbs 24:33), living on the means he wrongfully wrests from others; for such a one. What is gained by toil? (Ecclesiastes 4:4-6, NASB). 6 And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness. Eateth — Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread. Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. 4. 5. 5 “Fools fold their arms. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.”. God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. One of the wise sayings of Ecclesiastes urges us to maintain calmness and stillness. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. The fool foldeth his hands together.] Again, I saw that for all toil and every … … 4 I saw that all labor and success spring from a man’s envy of his neighbor. — The activity of the jealous is here contrasted with the quiet of the stupid, to the advantage of the latter: The stupid foldeth his hands, yet hath meat to eat. than two handfuls with hard work. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 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). 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 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. 1 Jun 2012. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. 4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. and consume their own flesh”— *. 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. He disdains these frantic rivalries. Proverbs 6:10,11 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: …. than … 4 Then I saw that all toil and skillful work is the rivalry of one person with another. 4 Again I turned my attention to all the acts of oppression that go on under the sun. Ecclesiastes 10. Ecclesiastes 4 Ecclesiastes 6 Chapter 5 Solomon, in this chapter, discourses, I. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. Note that the bum or the drop out has a moral problem. Ecclesiastes 7. Ecclesiastes rails against "fools" once more. Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 5 “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.”. 2 And I congratulated the dead who had already died rather than the living who were still alive.+ 3 And better off than both of them is the one … Eateth his own flesh - i. e., “Destroys himself:” compare a similar expression in Isaiah 49:26; Psalm 27:2; Micah 3:3. Whereas other people are working too hard in their envious struggles, fools simply sit with their hands folded and "consume their own flesh" (4:5). They often become great and prosperous, but this excites envy and opposition. [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. Ecclesiastes 5 is the fifth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. 5 The fool b folds his hands and c eats his own flesh. ). The lover of money never has enough. Ecclesiastes 9. 4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. Ec Ecc Eccles. That is, places his hands upon his chest, instead of using them for work. Ecclesiastes 5. Chapter 5 vs.7: For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also divers vanities: but fear thou God. This can be said of him, that he enjoys the common blessings of life with small care or anxiety. 4:6 One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 5 « Previous Chapter 4. ( D) The fool folds his hands. 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. Still the indolence which 'folds the fool's hands together' is to be reprobated, because such a one ruins himself - "eateth his own flesh" (Isaiah 9:20; Isaiah 49:26). 6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the … eateth his own flesh — that is, is a self-tormentor, never satisfied, his spirit preying on itself (Isaiah 9:20; Isaiah 49:26). This too is vanity and striving after wind. This also is vanity and a chase after wind. 2 As dreams come along with many cares, so a fool’s voice along with a multitude of words. Read this chapter in full. 4:5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … 5. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind. 1 Be not rash with your mouth, and let your heart not be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is … The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 6. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. God isn"t impressed by the person who is living off of society. This chapter discusses life's hardship … Gross. The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Better a poor and wise youth Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more. (4-6) Success often gains the envy of one’s neighbor. "folds his hands" (Prov. Chapter 5. I saw all the living who walk under the sun; They were with the second youth who stands in his place. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. And consumes his own flesh. 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