Ecclesiastes (Part #12) (Ecclesiastes 7:1-12)Jeromy John Visser, July 14, 2019
Part of the Ecclesiastes series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Ecclesiastes (Part #12) continues to showcase many better things from life by explaining why it's better to go to the house of mourning over one of continual mirth. Who will show us the things to come hereafter? Are we more enlightened today? Were the "good old days" any better than today? This lecture covers most of the seventh chapter and Solomon's teachings from real world experience regarding the portion of man's life's work.
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1A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 2It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. 7Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart. 8Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 10Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this. 11Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. 12For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. (KJV)