(Today is my wife’s birthday and in honor of her I thought I would re-post this piece.)
The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him
I did some research on King Lemuel. I didn’t know who he was and I thought King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs. Some scholars think otherwise, but I guess who wrote the book isn’t as important as what is in the book. After reading their arguments I still believe it is the work of King Solomon.
It turns out that King Lemuel was really King Solomon just using another name much like he does in the book of Ecclesiastes. In that book Solomon only refers to himself as “The Preacher”. And so it is likely that the advice being given to King Solomon is from his mother Bathsheba.
As I read Proverbs 31, I came to verses 10 through 31, which in the English Standard Version of the Bible is titled, “The Woman Who Fears the Lord”. And as I read them I thought of my wife.
Tomorrow, June 16, marks the thirty ninth year of my life with this woman as my wife, and there is none other in this world with whom I want to spend my remaining days. Continue reading
Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke. It’s just one verse.
And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens heavy to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”
Lawyers, lawmakers, Congress, government, is this what Christ was referring to? Continue reading
Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.
Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading
New Revised Standard Version:
Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters
English Standard Version:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
Christian Standard Bible Version:
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people
New International Version:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
I thought today I would write in reference to the holiday we are celebrating, Labor Day. Continue reading
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
King Solomon is telling us that no matter what we do, do it to the best of our abilities.
This reminds me of something I was told by one of my contacts whom I worked with at a large customer. I dealt with him for a number of years. He was always honest and fair with me and I appreciated it very much. Unfortunately he passed away suddenly and I never had the chance to express my gratitude and enjoyment of working with him. Continue reading
What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.
These verses summarize what I have written in two of my previous posts. Those posts covered King Solomon and his quest for understanding man. In Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 Solomon writes about setting his heart to seek the understanding of man’s actions. As a result of this quest he realizes how hollow man can be.
In Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 Solomon writes about the forces of life, God, the universe, and the vanity of man. He tells me, for man to think that these forces don’t exist, or that man can change them, well that is truly vanity.
So now in Ecclesiastes 2:22-23, Solomon tells us the results of toiling and striving after worldly things under the sun. The constant toil for worldly items brings sorrow and vexation. It is vanity, it is pointless. Continue reading
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after.
My previous post, Vexation and Sorrow in Knowledge, dealt with King Solomon coming to the conclusion that setting your heart to understanding all of the things done by man is a sorrowful deal. Here in these opening verses of Ecclesiastes, he tells us that all is vanity. Continue reading