THIS IS A RESPONSE TO ANDREW BYRON’S QUESTION…
“i would like to know what you have to say about a few verses in ecc.
7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
i think you have good opinions, tell me”
HERE IS MY RESPONSE
ok, well with 7:4 I think Solomon is talking about how the more he learns the more he realizes that everything is meaningless. foolish people do whatever they want, they go after pleasure, while wise people often wont doing something they want if it may have bad results. Solomon was the wisest person who ever lived. He mourned a lot, through the whole book of Ecc actually. The more he learned, the more corruption he say, the more devastation, and for wat, why? this world is not a happy place, and really nothing matters, all that really matters is salvation, anything beyond that is important, but not necessary, the only thing we really need is salvation. And salvation didin’t exist back then, God created man to spend time with Him and then man fell and the human race has been dying ever since. And what was the point? every person who lived in the old testament and didnt converse with God, wat wat the point of their existance? Now i think that is a sad thought. I think it is like how when people get closer to God what they realize is how far away they still are. The same applies to wisdom, the more you have, the more you realize how jacked up this world is. Thats something to mourn over. I think he’s saying life sucks sometimes, deal with it, and dont forget about God… The book concludes with saying
13 Everything has now been heard.
And here’s the final thing I want to say.
Have respect for God and obey his commandments.
That’s what everyone should do.
14 God will judge everything people do.
That includes everything they try to hide.
He’ll judge everything, whether it’s good or evil.
Basically God is the judge, anything he doesn’t want you shouldn’t have. And there is a time for everything.
For 7:3 I think Solomon is comparing Sorrow with wisdom and laughter with foolishness as explained in verse 4, foolish people blindly seek pleasure, wise people think about their choices and that may make them sad, they think about the pain of this world and that brings sorrow
I think the whole book of Ecclesiastes is about how great knowledge brings great power, but great wisdom brings great sorrow. sometimes the truth hurts, we often dont want to believe painful truth, but thats life. and wisdom is good to have, understanding is powerful, with it you can do great things, but it will also bring sorrow, secular wisdom is demonic right, well Godly wisdom is incredibly powerful, and God will take care of that sorrow, God will make you stronger as you become wiser. So strive after wisdom, Solomon warns you that it wont be easy, but it will be worth it.