Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. one shepherd. A parallel passage is Revelation 1:16, which represents a sharp and two-edged sword as going out of the mouth of Christ. 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.". Ecclesiastes 12:11-12. RÃ¶merbrief, p. Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. The Inspirer. Not the words of the by the masters = [are] the lords, or rulers. But even on this view a doubtful meaning is thrust on the word ××¡×¤××ª; the thought drags, and the impression of the simple image of goads and nails, which was meant only to represent the piercing, deeply penetrating power, is destroyed, or else the nails are without reason separated from the goads; and finally the correspondence between the sentences, which requires that ××¢×× ××¡×¤××ª, corresponding as it does to ×××¨× ×××××, must be the subject, is overthrown. and these are also of use to the saints, as goads, to stir them [Acts 2:37] St Stephen so galled his adversaries that they were "cut to the heart." Here is the meaning of life. 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. So for example that by which even Luther rendered the two difficult wordsâ"as nails fastened in are the âmasters of assemblies,' "namely, the teachers who preside over the assemblies of the people, or that of Geseniusâ"the associates of the (learned) assemblies. And surely it were to be wished, in these unsettled and giddy times especially, that people would suffer such words of exhortation, as, like goads, might prick them on to pious practice, and, like nails, might fix their wild conceits, that they might be steadfast and immoveable, stablished in the truth, and not whiffied about with every wind of doctrine. 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." p. 3-4). 304). Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that … 12 And by these, my son, be further warned: There is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body.… [ a] 12 Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. wise philosophers of that age, or of ages before, or since; but ba"al. Î½ as spiritual preserver (provider), not without reference to the figure of a shepherd from the goad, and the figure of household economy from the nails; for ×¨×¢×, in the language of the Chokma (Proverbs 5:21), is in meaning cogn. 11. And as nails.] and apprehension of things, and, with respect to their hopes of These men knew they were writing the words of God (2 Peter 1:20-21). These are years of opportunity. 1. Ecclesiastes 12:11. Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary Meaning. contrition; and of awakening them from a sleep in sin to a sense to the N.T. The Fear of God is Utmost … 10 The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth. 1. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd. 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. [Psalms 119:70] St Peter so preached that his hearers were "pricked at heart." Book Theme. of their danger; and even of killing them, as to their own sense The words of the wise [are] as goads (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. The Conclusion of the Matter. 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. doctrines are agreeably to them; these are like "goads" or All rights reserved. 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. 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. The "Shepherd" can only be the Lord. The words of the wise. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true(11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails —given by one shepherd. These sayings come from a shepherd, # 12.11 a shepherd: This may be a reference to God as shepherd (see also Psalm 23.1). Duane A. Garrett, in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (New American Commentary), provides the following interpretations. ××¢× is any one who takes part in a matter: thus ××¢×× ××¨××ª are the associates of the covenant, (Genesis 14:13); ××¢×× ×¨×©×¢ are those who are participators in wickedness (compare Ecclesiastes 7:12); ××¢×× ×¢××¨ are the associates of a city, that is, the inhabitants: ××¢×× ×ª××××, are the authors of the Talmud. of pricking sinners to the heart; and of laying open their From the praise of his own book, the author passes to the praise of the great whole, of which his work was destined to form a part, to wit, of the canonical books of the Old Testament The words of the wise, of the organs of the á¼Î½ÏÎ¸ÎµÎ½ ÏÎ¿ÏÎ¯Î±, of the authors of the sacred books: to the number thereof the author of this book must be reckoned according to what has preceded. Hearing biblical wisdom is like being stuck with a … Note, just because Solomon searched, pondered and sought (12:10), doesn"t mean that he was necessarily writing down his own opinion. lie down; and to direct them to walk straight on, without turning conception of edification. Ecclesiastes 12:11, NASB: "The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd." And like nails driven in are the participators in the collection. Such as shepherds fastened their tents to the ground with. The words of the wise are like goads.] A wise preacher will aim to impress the minds of his hearers. A rancher uses a prod to get the cattle’s attention; to get them going in the right direction. "and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails"-i.e. With regard to the ânail,â compare Ezra 9:8; Isaiah 22:23. Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 11 The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. By this we are to understand in the first instance, not the power which the word has of penetrating to, and healing the heart, but rather the destructive power it derives from the omnipotence which is its source. 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." Shamgar with an ox goad, ( Judges 3:31 ) ; see ( Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd. like these are the truths and doctrines of the word, when they All explanations different from the one given by us split on the meaning of ××¡×¤××ª just established. (see Stier on the passage). of the inspired penmen of the Scriptures, as Moses, David, Ecclesiastes 12:11 - Ang mga salita ng pantas ay gaya ng mga tulis; at gaya ng mga pako na nakakapit na mabuti, ang mga salita ng mga pangulo ng mga kapulungan, na nabigay mula sa isang pastor. when drowsy, out of their carnal security; and to correct them have a place in the heart, and become the "ingrafted word" there; The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. iii. "a picture of that which makes something fixed and immovable, a symbol of the stabilizing and sure character of wise teachings" (Garrett p. 344). He seemed before to have placed the wise on the same level with fools, chap. The stakes are those to which the tent ropes are fastened, firmly holding the tent in its place. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. 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." 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. See notes on p. 864, and App-7. 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. 2 "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" (P.P. If the meaning of life was not found in the pursuit of pleasure (as in Ecclesiastes 2:10-11), it is also not found in asceticism and self-denial for its own sake. Hand in hand, however, with this aspect of the energy of the word goes the healing and redemptive one specially mentioned in the passage now under notice. 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. "While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the … of 8, 11., and vii. And as nails — Better, And as stakes firmly set, are those (words) of the masters of assemblies. Psalms 23:1. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. ××¨×××, from ××¨× in the Arabic "to be pointed," denotes goad in general, and not specially "ox-goad." 3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. 9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. 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. Good proverbs do that. 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." (translation: Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)) God, or Solomon. Hitzig observes, "an external connection is established between Ecclesiastes 11:10-10, by the fact that the words of truth in Ecclesiastes 11:10 proceed from one of the (Ecclesiastes 12:9 a). 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 . 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. On any other mode of explanation we lose ourselves in a region of guesses. Nails â Piercing into men's dull minds, which make powerful and abiding impressions in them. This is the conclusion to all of the Teacher’s observation. 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. (Read Ecclesiastes 2:12-17) Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferable to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. nails. "they are given by one Shepherd"-The origin of such words, the reason for the unity behind such words, is that God is the true author and editor of Scripture (Psalm ; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:4). The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. Now ××¡×¤××ª here has quite the same meaning as this ××¡×¤××:âboth signify, "collected things," "that which is collected." Which are given from one shepherd; from God, or from Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd and Teacher of the church in all ages, by whose Spirit the ancient prophets, as well as other succeeding teachers, were inspired and taught, Jeremiah 3:15 1 Peter 1:11 2 Peter 1:21. The Jews explain it of Moses, and his successors, who taught the people. Proud member The book of Ecclesiastes is such a collection. Bible). Ecclesiastes 12:11 Context. (1-2) Working for a profit that can’t be immediately seen. Solomon, and of others since; and of all good men, whose Years of ability and strength. Daniel 11:45 with Genesis 31:25), post-bibl. 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'. excite them to go on to perfection, who are apt to sit still and Israel the flock, the Lord the shepherdâthis is a common image, especially in the post-exile writings. # 12.11 These sayings … together: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. (Note: Vid ., my Heb. — 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. "The purpose of goads is to prod the sluggish to action. As the goad teacheth the ox; so the Targum. Are as goads. 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. Further in Psalms 23:1, where not the individual believer but entire Israel says, "the Lord is my Shepherd:" (see also Isaiah 40:11; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:11-12). Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, may be intended, for whose sake, more especially, this book might be written; though it may take in every hearer of this divine preacher, every disciple of this teacher, every subject of his kingdom, as well as every reader of this book, whom he thus addresses, and for whom he was affectionately concerned as a father for a son; that they might be enlightened with … # 12.11 Meaning of Heb uncertain 12 Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. When you give to those in need, you are giving to God. The point of comparison is only the power of piercing, penetrating deep: Gesenius; "aculeorum instar alte descendunt in pectora homi-num iisque manent infixa." Ecclesiastes 12:11 NIV - The words of the wise are like goads, - Bible Gateway. Hitzig prefers the term, "the collected ones," to "collected proverbs or sayings." ” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-12) Wisdom is like a goad or a nail. 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." The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. These were built into a wall, because Eastern walls were too hard or too soft for them to be hammered in. The stakes are those to which the tent ropes are fastened, firmly holding the tent in its place. Knobel says, quite incorrectly, "just as the ox-goad teaches the ox manners, and causes it to go rightly." As a shepherd, as the loving support of his Church, God has given it the Holy Scriptures. when they are "planted". "pricks", sharp pointed sticks or staves, with which men push and 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." the word, when attended with a divine efficacy; these are a means "Casting thy bread upon the waters" is speaking of sharing bread with those less fortunate.
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