Ecclesiastes (Part #13) (Ecclesiastes 7:12-20)Jeromy John Visser, July 21, 2019
Part of the Ecclesiastes series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Ecclesiastes (Part #13) explains why a good name amongst Adamkind is most preferable and how Yahweh forbids His people from being "righteous over much." Why are wicked people allowed prolonged days while the innocent are oftentimes taken by death? Is true justice obtainable through lying man? Who formed the crooked serpent (Job 26:13)? This upbeat sermon continues our long-running audio series examining the words of "the Preacher."
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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. 13Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? 14In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. 15All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. 16Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? 17Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? 18It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all. 19Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city. 20For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (KJV)