Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. Ecclesiastes 8:1-17. 8 Who is as the wise man? 9 All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. What was the sin of Sodom (Genesis 19:8)? 3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. Sages invest themselves in hurt and grieving. Learn more about The Message 6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. The king has the last word. Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Carrying out orders won’t hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. More smoke. Ecclesiastes 8 The Message Bible << Ecclesiastes 7 | Ecclesiastes 8 | Ecclesiastes 9 >> 8 1 here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Because the sentence against evil deeds is.. 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 Eugene H. Peterson by NavPress Publishing. 10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. Indeed. 12-13 Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. Ecclesiastes 3 The Message (MSG) There’s a Right Time for Everything 3 There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: 2-8 A right time for birth and another for death, Ecclesiastes 8:8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. Ecclesiastes 8:1 MSG There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. The Global Message of Ecclesiastes Life in a Broken World. Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. 3 Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. MSG 1 here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. 12-13 Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. Read verse in The Message Bible When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies—and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own [] hurt. 2 I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. 16-17 When I determined to load up on wisdom and examine everything taking place on earth, I realized that if you keep your eyes open day and night without even blinking, you’ll still never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on this earth. 9 All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. No one who does evil can be saved by evil. 3-5 Say a couple have scores of children and live a long, long life but never enjoy themselves—even though they end up with a big funeral! No matter how smart you are, you won’t get to the bottom of it. It sees nothing … This too is meaningless. I tell you, this makes no sense. The Message (MSG) Bible Book List. When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies - and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! Read the Bible. Who knows the explanation of things? 8 There’s nothing better than being wise,Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life.Wisdom puts light in the eyes,And gives gentleness to words and manners. 1 3 There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: 2–8 A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct, Who’s around to tell us? 14 Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. Ecclesiastes 8. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 MSG - There’s a Right Time for Everything - Bible Gateway. and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? Ecclesiastes 8 1 here's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. We might discover something from it. Indeed. 1 Who is like the wise? As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. 2 Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. Font Size. Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. No one who does evil can be saved by evil. THE MESSAGE; Ecclesiastes; Chapter 8; Read the Bible THE MESSAGE Ecclesiastes 8:8. Because, therefore - , Or, as in Ecclesiastes 8:7, “for.” The possibility of God‘s time and judgment being in opposition to a king‘s purpose or commandment Ecclesiastes 8:5, suggests the thought that such discord is a misery (evil, Ecclesiastes 6:1) common to man (or, mankind). 17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. 2-7 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. 8 There’s nothing better than being wise,Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life.Wisdom puts light in the eyes,And gives gentleness to words and manners. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. The meaning is, “He who obeys the commandment (i. e., the word of the king, Ecclesiastes 8:4), will not be an accomplice in any act of rebellion; and if he be a wise man he discerns (literally knows) that the king‘s commandment or action is liable to correction, if it be wrong, in God‘s time and by God‘s judgment.” Ecclesiastes 8. 10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried —those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise [] in the city where they did this. Last Week's Top Questions . The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language - Unabridged Audiobook on 66 CDs in a Carrying Case, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/tan, The Message Bible--soft leather-look, sky blue, The Message Gift and Award Bible, Imitation Leather, Coral. I tell you, this makes no sense. The Message. 10 One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. ... 8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. 12 1-2 Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young, Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes, Before your vision dims and the world blurs And the winter years keep you close to the fire. 1:2). Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. 2-7 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Who knows the explanation of things? It blotches the face but it scours the heart. 11 Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. 15 So, I’m all for just going ahead and having a good time—the best possible. No one who does evil can be saved by evil. Ecclesiastes 8:1 - 9. Your death date tells more than your birth date. It gets its start in a mist and ends up in the dark—unnamed. Read verse in The Message Bible More smoke. Ecclesiastes 8:7-9 The Message (MSG) No One Can Control the Wind. I tell you, this makes no sense. Ecclesiastes 8 King James Version (KJV) 8 Who is as the wise man? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. 2 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Ask a Question Got a Bible related Question? Ask Us! 9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. Breaketh an hedge - Rather: “breaks through a wall.” Serpent - The habit of snakes is to nestle in a chink of a wall, or among stones (compare Amos 5:19). Search as hard as you like, you’re not going to make sense of it. Ecclesiastes 8:14 Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow—because he doesn’t fear God. Read verse in The Message Bible No one can stop a battle in its tracks. It’s smoke. The only earthly good men and women can look forward to is to eat and drink well and have a good time—compensation for the struggle for survival these few years God gives us on earth. Ecclesiastes 8:7. Ecclesiastes 12. Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. Get an Answer. I’d say that a stillborn baby gets the better deal. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Ecclesiastes 10:9. NIV 1 Who is like the wise? Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” 1 There's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Ecclesiastes 8:9. 8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box.No one has any say-so regarding the day of death.No one can stop a battle in its tracks.No one who does evil can be saved by evil. Ecclesiastes 8 Keep the King's Command. Crying is better than laughing. Don’t worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. 16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:). a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. 10 One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. 14 Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when. Ecclesiastes 8:11 ecause the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. You learn more at a funeral than at a feast— After all, that’s where we’ll end up. and changes its hard appearance. 11 Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder. I tell you, this makes no sense. There’s a Right Time for Everything. No one can stop a battle … It’s s | The Message (MSG) | Download the Bible App now. 1 There's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. MSG Ecclesiastes 8 1 There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. All is vanity,” declares the Preacher, echoing the cries of many who have seen, experienced, and recognized the dreadful fallenness of our world (Eccles. The king has the last word. Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. And gives gentleness to words and manners. More smoke. The only earthly good men and women can look forward to is to eat and drink well and have a good time—compensation for the struggle for survival these few years God gives us on earth. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. Update. 16-17 When I determined to load up on wisdom and examine everything taking place on earth, I realized that if you keep your eyes open day and night without even blinking, you’ll still never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on this earth. Ask a Question. Need some help understanding theology? Don't worryingly second-guess your orders or try to back out when the task is unpleasant. 2 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. And gives gentleness to words and manners. Indeed. 7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? The book of Ecclesiastes explains the world in all its complexity, confusion, and frustration with striking honesty. Who dares say to him, “What are you doing?” Carrying out orders won’t hurt you a bit; the wise person obeys promptly and accurately. 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. 8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. The Message; Ecclesiastes 8 ... Ecclesiastes 8. When the people returned to the city, they delivered flowery eulogies—and in the very place where wicked acts were done by those very men! 5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. There's nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. Obey the King. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. 15 So, I’m all for just going ahead and having a good time—the best possible. It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when. 4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Who’s around to tell us? Learn More About The Message 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. A person’s wisdom brightens their face. Don’t Take Anything for Granted - A good reputation is better than a fat bank account. Questions. 8 No one can control the wind or lock it in a box.No one has any say-so regarding the day of death.No one can stop a battle in its tracks.No one who does evil can be saved by evil. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow—because he doesn’t fear God. Search as hard as you like, you’re not going to make sense of it. You’re serving his pleasure, not yours. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. 15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. It's smoke. It’s smoke. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. No matter how smart you are, you won’t get to the bottom of it. 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 Eugene H. Peterson by NavPress Publishing. Those Who Fear God Will Do Well - One time I saw wicked men given a solemn burial in holy ground. No one has any say-so regarding the day of death. What would be some hints for memorizing Scripture? Be endangered - Rather: “cut himself.” Ecclesiastes 8:14: Here's something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what's coming to the wicked, and bad people get what's coming to the good. Wisdom puts light in the eyes, And gives gentleness to words and manners. Ecclesiastes 10:8. The king has the last word. Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 - MSG. Ecclesiastes 8:6 Yes, there's a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part. No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. Ecclesiastes 8 The Message (MSG) 8 There’s nothing better than being wise, Knowing how to interpret the meaning of life. 2 I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. “Vanity of vanities! 9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. 2-7 Do what your king commands; you gave a sacred oath of obedience. Puts light in the Message ( MSG ) | Download the Bible the Message ; Ecclesiastes ; 8... 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