5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Next » Chapter 6. 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. This can be said of him, that he enjoys the common blessings of life with small care or anxiety. 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. : 4:2: Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. "the drop-out. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 7. 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. A graphical and lively description of a sluggard, fitly called a fool ( φαυλος), a naughty person. 4:6 One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind. Foldeth his hands - The envious man is here exhibited in the attitude of the sluggard (marginal references). see Proverbs 6:10. 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. Foldeth his hands together; is careless and idle, which is the signification of this gesture, Proverbs 6:10 19:24 26:15. Read this chapter in full. 4:5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. He disdains these frantic rivalries. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … This chapter discusses life's hardship … It is good to find enjoyment in life. Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. Ver. Ecclesiastes 9. 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 … Gross. [Matthew 25:26] God puts no difference between nequaquam and nequam, a drone … Ec Ecc Eccles. Perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, Ecclesiastes 4:4, he, like a fool, runs into the other extreme. 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). 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). 4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. CHAPTER 5. 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 fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh. 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. 4 Then I saw that all toil and skillful work is the rivalry of one person with another. 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. Eateth — Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for … For a dream cometh with a multitude of business, and a fool's voice with a multitude of words. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. 3 b When you make a vow to God, delay not its fulfillment. Chapter 4 vs. 6: Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. Ecclesiastes 5 is the fifth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 1 Be not rash with your mouth, and let your heart not be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is … He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. The Targum is, "in winter he eats all he has, even the covering of the skin of his flesh.'. 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. This too is vanity and striving after wind. One of the wise sayings of Ecclesiastes urges us to maintain calmness and stillness. 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. 6 The wind blows to the south. 4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. Ecclesiastes 4. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind. 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. eateth his own flesh — that is, is a self-tormentor, never satisfied, his spirit preying on itself (Isaiah 9:20; Isaiah 49:26). Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 5 « Previous Chapter 4. "folds his hands" (Prov. 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. Chapter 4. ... Chapter 4. Ecclesiastes rails against "fools" once more. 5. The fool foldeth his hands, &c. — Is careless and idle: perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, he runs into the other extreme. 1 * Be not hasty in your utterance and let not your heart be quick to utter a promise in God’s presence. 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. For God has no pleasure in fools; fulfill what … The fool foldeth his hands - After all, without labor and industry no man can get any comfort in life; and he who gives way to idleness is the veriest of fools. 5. The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. The fool foldeth his hands together.] I saw all the living who walk under the sun; They were with the second youth who stands in his place. So, in these chapters we get a good cross-section of … They often become great and prosperous, but this excites envy and opposition. 1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. ; 24:33-34). 6 d Better is a handful of e quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. "Thou idle and evil servant." Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. kesil, fat, inert. 5 “Fools fold their arms. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. This also is a vanity 1 and a striving after wind. … 4 I saw that all labor and success spring from a man’s envy of his neighbor. And eateth his own flesh — Wastes his substance, and brings himself to poverty, whereby his very flesh pines away for want of bread. 3 comments Ecc5: Do not make rash vows before God. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that … Proverbs 6:10,11 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: …. 4. Eateth his own flesh - i. e., “Destroys himself:” compare a similar expression in Isaiah 49:26; Psalm 27:2; Micah 3:3. In order to get more sleep, or as unwilling to work; so the Targum adds, "he folds his hands in summer, and will not labour;'. For he comes out of prison to be king, Although he was born poor in his kingdom. 5 The fool b folds his hands and c eats his own flesh. And consumes his own flesh. Next » Chapter 5. Calmness and stillness. The fool foldeth his hands together.] Others, seeing the vexations of an active course, foolishly expect more satisfaction in sloth and idleness. "consumes his own flesh"-brings ruin upon himself. Ecclesiastes 4 Ecclesiastes 6 Chapter 5 Solomon, in this chapter, discourses, I. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called ' Qoheleth', composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. Ecclesiastes 8. than two handfuls with hard work. And really – what more is there to life? [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." The lover of money never has enough. (Ecclesiastes 4:4-6, NASB). And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.”. Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 4 « Previous Chapter 3. 4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. Ecclesiastes 5. "Ease slayeth this fool"; [Proverbs 1:32, marg.} What is gained by toil? 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 Read this chapter in full. The temptation which the oppressed feel to discontent and impatience (v. 1-3). Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.. Ver. Chapter 5. The fool — Is careless and idle: perceiving that diligence is attended with envy, he runs into the other extreme. 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. Bro-mance Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. See note on Proverbs 1:7. That is, places his hands upon his chest, instead of using them for work. This can be said of him, that he enjoys the common blessings of life with small care or anxiety. (Ecc 4:13-16) The vanity of fame and its short life. Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. 5. Note that the bum or the drop out has a moral problem. King James Bible Ecclesiastes Chapter: 4. 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. that is done under the sun. "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: … Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is … Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. — 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. Ecclesiastes 4 is the fourth chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. Flesh, which he will not labour to sustain; (Haydock) or he repines at his own past misconduct, and at the affluence of others. Ecclesiastes 11. 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. a. (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. Carefully note, while God condemns the greedy, God also condemns the person who represents the opposite extreme, i.e. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called ' (the) Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"), composed probably between the 5th to 2nd century BCE. God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. Hebrew. 5 “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.”. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Fool as he is, he shows something of philosophic calm and content. 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. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind. ( D) The fool folds his hands. 6. than … 6 Better one handful with tranquillity. 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