The Jews explain it of Moses, and his successors, who taught the people. See notes on p. 864, and App-7. the word, when attended with a divine efficacy; these are a means "While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the … All rights reserved. This is clear even from Revelation 2:12, as compared with Revelation 2:16, where the two-edged sword is said to be directed against the false seed which is in the Church; and from Revelation 19:21, where it is said to bring down ruin on the anti-Christian power of the heathen. TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT To get what Ecclesiastes 12:11 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. a. Here also have we a rule for the conduct of hearers towards sermons:â"they must not feel vexed if they leave their sting in the soul." ploughing with them: and of a similar use are the doctrines of Bible). ××¨×××, from ××¨× in the Arabic "to be pointed," denotes goad in general, and not specially "ox-goad." God is first designated the Shepherd of Israel in Genesis 48:15; Genesis 49:24 : in the last quoted place He is limply called "the Shepherd." Such as shepherds fastened their tents to the ground with. And as nails — Better, And as stakes firmly set, are those (words) of the masters of assemblies. The subject of × ×× × is firstly, "the words of the wise," and then "the associates of the collection:" in regard to the latter, compare Ephesians 4:11â"and he gave some apostles, etc." These were built into a wall, because Eastern walls were too hard or too soft for them to be hammered in. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Hearing biblical wisdom is like being stuck with a … Ecclesiastes 11 – Towards True Wisdom A. The point of comparison is only the power of piercing, penetrating deep: Gesenius; "aculeorum instar alte descendunt in pectora homi-num iisque manent infixa." The important lesson of Ecclesiastes is that no amount of learning, experience, wealth, privilege, or power, can compare with the secure position we have in Christ - but that when wisdom, skill, prosperity, and power, are under God's sovereign influence and subject to His control, then life has meaning. (Note: Vid ., my Heb. Nails â Piercing into men's dull minds, which make powerful and abiding impressions in them. The Fear of God is Utmost … 10 The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth. is ××©×××¨ ( ××¡××¨ ), Arab. These are years of opportunity. The book of Ecclesiastes is such a collection. Ecclesiastes 12:11 NIV - The words of the wise are like goads, - Bible Gateway. ", Apart from the fact that this meaning is unsuitableâteachers or learned men are quite out of place hereâ ××¡×¤××ªdoes not signify "assemblies." âAssembliesâ is a word not coming from the same root as that from which KohÃ©leth is derived. The stakes are those to which the tent ropes are fastened, firmly holding the tent in its place. We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. These men knew they were writing the words of God (2 Peter 1:20-21). As goads, and as nails, piercing into men’s dull minds and hard hearts, and quickening and provoking them to the practice of all their duties. The Berleburger Bible says, "in Ecclesiastes 12:11 the reason is given for that which had been first affirmed: because, namely, he is one of the wise who are driven by the Spirit of God (2 Peter 1:21), whose words, therefore, have a deep meaning and importance." The verb nata" is found again only in Ecclesiastes 3:2, where it is singular. Salem Media Group. In that case, however, ××¢×× is unsuitable; besides, the parallel expression, ××¢×× ××¡×¤××ª, has a wider signification; and further, this book does not at all contain a "collection of sayings.". There also, "the living energy of the word from which it is impossible to escape," (Delitzsch), is directed in the first instance against its enemies and despisers, as is evident from the warning reference made to facts of the time of Moses, when disobedience to the word was followed by death. And like nails driven in are the participators in the collection. Book Theme. "The purpose of goads is to prod the sluggish to action. He seemed before to have placed the wise on the same level with fools, chap. And as nails.] 97.). But the power of the word to destroy, and its power to penetrate the heart with salvation, have one root. vi. Hence, such words of the wise." Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. Knobel says, quite incorrectly, "just as the ox-goad teaches the ox manners, and causes it to go rightly." vileness and sinfulness to them; and of repentance and The stakes are those to which the tent ropes are fastened, firmly holding the tent in its place. [ 4:21] Now, as nails driven into pales do fasten them to their rails, so the godly and grave sentences of teachers - those "masters of assemblies" - do pierce into men’s hearts, to unite them unto God by faith, and one to another in love. lie down; and to direct them to walk straight on, without turning Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. like these are the truths and doctrines of the word, when they Note, just because Solomon searched, pondered and sought (12:10), doesn"t mean that he was necessarily writing down his own opinion. Verse 2 refers, likely, to an eye condition such as glaucoma. All true wisdom comes from one Shepherd. Fastened; which do not only amuse and startle men for the present, as the wise and grave counsels of moral philosophers frequently do, but make powerful and abiding impressions in them; which is the peculiar effect of God’s word. 2. to the right hand or left; and as nails fastened [by] the We may say the same thing of the second parallel passage from the New Testament, Hebrews 4:12 : "for the word is living and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. In contrast to the plurality of the writers, which gave occasion to the words, "the associates of the collection," emphasis is laid on the oneness of the primal source of the Sacred Scriptures. Ecclesiastes 12:11, KJV: "The words of the wise areas goads, and as nails fastened bythe masters of assemblies, whichare given from one shepherd." Comm. The form, ××¡×¤××ª, does not elsewhere occur, but the masculine form, ××¡×¤××, does: this latter, therefore, must be our guide, more especially as it is in use amongst the writers of the post-exile period, to whose usage that of Koheleth everywhere bears resemblance. A canon whereby to judge sermons has been justly drawn from this verse. Jael drove one of these tent nails through Sisera’s temples, and laid his body as it were listening what was become of the soul. The verse infers that we all need a good "goading" now and then (2 Tim. "a picture of that which makes something fixed and immovable, a symbol of the stabilizing and sure character of wise teachings" (Garrett p. 344). contrition; and of awakening them from a sleep in sin to a sense Wolf, KÃ¶nigsberg 1723, contends against this ÏÎ±ÏÎµÏÎ¼ÎµÎµÎ½ÎµÎ¹ÌÎ± .). Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. [Psalms 119:70] St Peter so preached that his hearers were "pricked at heart." The words of the wise [are] as goads "The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.". The Meaning of Life (12:13-14) After having heard it all, this is the conclusion: Fear God, and keep his commands, for this is the whole of humanity. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (Read Ecclesiastes 12:1-7) We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent, and seek forgiveness. 1. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth. have a place in the heart, and become the "ingrafted word" there; The words, "they were given by one shepherd," give the reason why such qualities are ascribed to the "words of the wise," and of the "associates of the collection;"âit is as if the writer saidâ"and indeed they are such because they were given." “All true wisdom is from One Wise.”, "Like goads they can rouse to action, promote reflection, restrain from error, impel to right; if they hurt and sting, the pain which they inflict is healthful, for good and not for evil", "and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails", Ïá¾¶ÏÎ± Î³ÏÎ±Ïá½´ Î¸ÎµÏÏÎ½ÎµÏ ÏÏÎ¿Ï ÎºÎ±á½¶ á½ ÏÎÎ»Î¹Î¼Î¿Ï ÏÏá½¸Ï Î´Î¹Î´Î±ÏÎºÎ±Î»Î¯Î±Î½, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. A parallel passage is Revelation 1:16, which represents a sharp and two-edged sword as going out of the mouth of Christ. We should be led to this view also by the parallel comparison of Nails. All explanations different from the one given by us split on the meaning of ××¡×¤××ª just established. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. Ecclesiastes 12:12. According to the well-founded interpretation advanced above, the sense of the two clauses is the followingâthat the sacred writings of Israel are endowed with a deeply penetrating power, in distinction from all worldly literature, which can only produce a superficial impression, and is incapable of stirring the deepest depths of the mind and heart. The translation of our version fairly represents the original, if it is observed that the words âbyâ and âwhich,â which determine the meaning, are in italics. Which are given — Referring to “the words of the wise.” The savings of true wisdom, whether they are radical and arousing, like goads, or conservative and supporting, like tent stakes, are from the inspiration of one Shepherd, the Allwise, who, in manifold ways, aims at the correction and instruction of his creatures. Only in the second clause is the position of the words an inverted one, and the object of the inversion is to connect × ×ª× × immediately with ××¢×× ××¡×¤××ª. (1-2) Working for a profit that can’t be immediately seen. The meaning "caper" for האב is evidence by the lxx (ἡ κάππαρις, Arab. By the masters of assemblies; by the teachers of God’s church and people, whether prophets or others, appointed by God for that work. 304). 1. “The words of the wise areas goads, and as nails fastened bythe masters of assemblies, whichare given from one shepherd.” ” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-12) Wisdom is like a goad or a nail. Proud member — Referring to “the words of the wise.” The savings of true wisdom, whether they are radical and arousing, like goads, or conservative and supporting, like tent stakes, are from the inspiration of one Shepherd, the Allwise, who, in manifold ways, aims at the correction and instruction of his creatures. [Acts 2:37] St Stephen so galled his adversaries that they were "cut to the heart." To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, — The writer gives the reason of his undertaking, suggesting, too, his ideal of what such work should be, as if his toil would be repaid should. This is a definite claim that the content of this book came from God. for their faults, by sharp reproofs and rebukes; as well as to doctrines are agreeably to them; these are like "goads" or As the goad teacheth the ox; so the Targum. (11) Words of the wise.âIn this and the next verse the weighty words of sages, such as was KohÃ©leth, are contrasted with the volubility of modern bookmakers. excite them to go on to perfection, who are apt to sit still and We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Min with the pass., as at Job 21:1; Job 28:4; Psalms 37:23 (Ewald, Â§295 b ), is not synonymous with the Greek Ï ÌÏÎ¿Ì . Hitzig prefers the term, "the collected ones," to "collected proverbs or sayings." That root is the energetic life it draws from God, who is the fount of all life and of all strength. 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. and they are like nails that fasten things together. A wise preacher will aim to impress the minds of his hearers. Accordingly, the reference can only be to the national library: and the Baale or Associates of that which is collected can only be those who have taken part in the contents of the collection, to wit, the authors of the individual books contained therein. masters of assemblies; 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. A rancher uses a prod to get the cattle’s attention; to get them going in the right direction. Observe the correct and clear conception of the inspiration of the Old Testament. To rouse up men’s drowsy and drossy spirits; to drive them, as the eagle doth her young ones with her talons, out of the nest of carnal security; to awaken them out of the snare of the devil, who hath cast many into such a dead lethargy, such a dedolent disposition, that, like Dionysius the Heracleot, they can hardly feel sharpest goads, or needles thrust into their fat hearts - "fat as grease." Ecclesiastes 12:11. These sayings come from a shepherd, # 12.11 a shepherd: This may be a reference to God as shepherd (see also Psalm 23.1). Our exhortations truly should be strong and well pointed, not only to wound as arrows, but to stick by the people as forked arrows, that they may prove, as those of Joash, "the arrows of the Lord’s deliverance." ( Ecc 11:9-10) Even in youth, remember that judgment will one day come. But we can look for no better, so long as they have so mean an esteem of the ministers, those "masters of the assemblies" (whose office it is to congregate the people, and to preside in the congregations), which are given from one shepherd, the arch-shepherd [1 Peter 2:25] of his sheep, Jesus Christ, who in the days of his solemn inauguration into his kingdom, "gave these gifts unto men" - viz., "some to be apostles, some evangelists, some pastors, some teachers," &c. [Ephesians 4:11] What a mouth of blasphemy then opens that schismatical pamphleteer, (a) that makes this precious gift of Christ to his spouse, this sacred and tremendous function of the ministry, to be as mere an imposture, as very a mystery of iniquity, as arrant a fraud as the Papacy itself! The words of the wise; not of secularly or politicly wise men, but of the spiritually wise and holy men of God; of which, and not of the former, this whole context treats. nails. mismaÌr . the collection of words from wise men. Now ××¡×¤××ª here has quite the same meaning as this ××¡×¤××:âboth signify, "collected things," "that which is collected." (Note: J. F. Reimmann, in the preface to his Introduction to the Historia Litterarum antediluviana, translates, Ecclesiastes 12:11 : “The words of the wise are like hewn-out marble, and the beautiful collectanea like set diamonds, which are presented by a good friend.” A Disputatio philologica by Abr. Solomon was a man whose life seemed to overflow with the sort of blessings, that so many chase after today:- fame and fortune; glory and honour; prosperity and power; riches and authority; longevity and foresight; talents and skill.. cleverness, aptitude, artistry, and wisdom - 'wine women and song'. The words of the wise are like goads.] For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. × ××¢ means strictly "to plant;" it is used in Daniel 11:45, in the sense "to drive in." This is the point of the verse, and it is broken off by Hitzig's conjecture. The lxx well: “given by those of the counsel from one shepherd.” Hitzig reads ××¨×¢×, and accordingly translates: “which are given united as a pasture,” but in meÌro'eh ehad there lies a significant apologetic hint in favour of the collection of proverbs by the younger Solomon (Koheleth) in relation to that of the old. Comm. Analogous is 2 Timothy 3:16, Ïá¾¶ÏÎ± Î³ÏÎ±Ïá½´ Î¸ÎµÏÏÎ½ÎµÏ ÏÏÎ¿Ï ÎºÎ±á½¶ á½ ÏÎÎ»Î¹Î¼Î¿Ï ÏÏá½¸Ï Î´Î¹Î´Î±ÏÎºÎ±Î»Î¯Î±Î½, ÏÏá½¸Ï á¼Î»ÎµÎ³Î¼ÏÎ½, etc., where the deeply penetrative influence of the Scriptures is traced to their divine inspiration. One of the most fascinating books of Scripture, Ecclesiastes sets out on a difficult but foundational task—reconciling the human longing to discover and understand, to find meaning and purpose, with the practical realities of being a … See Genesis 48:15; Genesis 49:24. The words of the wise. Such words are like well-driven nails: "For nails fastened give a definite point on which all manner of things may be hung, so stable words of the wise give a man something to hold and to tie. # 12.11 These sayings … together: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary Meaning. Perhaps “elusive” or “beyond grasping” (i.e., “incomprehensible” or “inscrutable”) fits better there—but this meaning does not apply in the concluding statement in Ecclesiastes 12:8, which is parallel to Ecclesiastes 1:2 Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 11. The sphere to which what is collected belongs, the nature of that which is collected, is more precisely denned by the foregoing expression, "the words of the wise," to which ××¢×× ××¡×¤××ª corresponds. when they are "planted". 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