Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000629
00:15 Hello and welcome to "His Words are Life."
00:17 I am Kelly Mower and thank you for joining with me today
00:20 to reading in the book of Ecclesiastes, together.
00:23 Before we start, let's pray.
00:26 Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you so much
00:29 for Your care and Your blessings
00:31 in Your keeping in all of our lives
00:34 to bring us this moment
00:35 where we can sit and hear Your word.
00:37 Please send Your Holy Spirit
00:40 to show us the personal way you want to plant this word
00:44 into our hearts and bring forth fruit to your glory.
00:47 We love you so much and thank you for loving us, amen.
00:51 We are reading in the book of Ecclesiastes
00:54 Chapter 8, beginning with verse 9
00:56 and this is the King James Version.
00:59 All this have I seen, and applied my heart
01:02 unto every work that is done under the sun,
01:06 there is a time wherein one man ruleth
01:08 over another to his own hurt.
01:10 And so I saw the wicked buried,
01:12 who had come and gone from the place of the holy,
01:15 and they were forgotten in the city
01:17 where they had so done, this is also vanity.
01:20 Because sentence against an evil work
01:22 is not executed speedily,
01:24 therefore the heart of the sons of men
01:26 is fully set in them to do evil.
01:29 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times,
01:31 and his days be prolonged,
01:33 yet surely I know that it shall be well with them
01:36 that fear God, which fear before him.
01:39 But it shall not be well with the wicked,
01:41 neither shall he prolong his days,
01:43 which are as a shadow,
01:45 because he feareth not before God.
01:47 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth,
01:50 that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth
01:53 according to the work of the wicked,
01:55 again, there be wicked men,
01:57 to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous,
02:00 I said that this also is vanity.
02:03 Then I commended mirth,
02:05 because a man hath no better thing under the sun,
02:07 than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry,
02:10 for that shall abide with him
02:11 of his labour the days of his life,
02:13 which God giveth him under the sun.
02:15 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom,
02:18 and to see the business that is done upon the earth,
02:22 for also there is that neither day nor night
02:24 seeth sleep with his eyes.
02:26 Then I beheld all the work of God,
02:29 that a man cannot find out the work
02:31 that is done under the sun,
02:33 because though a man labour to seek it out,
02:36 yet he shall not find it, yea further,
02:39 though a wise man think to know it,
02:42 yet shall he not be able to find it.
02:45 Continuing in Ecclesiastes Chapter 9,
02:48 this is the King James Version.
02:51 For all this I considered in my heart
02:54 even to declare all this, that the righteous,
02:57 and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God,
03:02 no man knoweth either love or hatred
03:04 by all that is before them.
03:06 All things come alike to all,
03:09 there is one event to the righteous,
03:11 and to the wicked, to the good and to the clean,
03:14 and to the unclean, to him that sacrificeth,
03:18 and to him that sacrificeth not,
03:21 as is the good, so is the sinner,
03:24 and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
03:29 This is an evil among all things
03:30 that are done under the sun,
03:32 that there is one event unto all,
03:35 yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil,
03:38 and madness is in their heart while they live,
03:40 and after that they go to the dead.
03:43 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope,
03:47 for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
03:51 For the living know that they shall die,
03:53 but the dead know not any thing,
03:55 neither have they any more a reward,
03:56 for the memory of them is forgotten.
03:58 Also their love, and their hatred,
04:00 and their envy, is now perished,
04:03 neither have they any more a portion for ever
04:06 in any thing that is done under the sun.
04:10 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy,
04:13 and drink thy wine with a merry heart,
04:16 for God now accepteth thy works.
04:19 Let thy garments be always white,
04:21 and let thy head lack no ointment.
04:24 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest
04:27 all the days of the life of thy vanity,
04:29 which he hath given thee under the sun,
04:31 all the days of thy vanity,
04:32 for that is thy portion in this life,
04:34 and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
04:38 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
04:41 do it with thy might, for there is no work,
04:44 nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
04:47 in the grave, whither thou goest.
04:50 I returned, and saw under the sun,
04:53 that the race is not to the swift,
04:55 nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise,
04:59 nor yet riches to men of understanding,
05:02 nor yet favour to men of skill,
05:05 but time and chance happeneth to them all.
05:09 For man also knoweth not his time,
05:13 as the fishes that are taken in an evil net,
05:15 and as the birds that are caught in the snare,
05:18 so are the sons of men snared in an evil time,
05:22 when it falleth suddenly upon them.
05:25 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun,
05:28 and it seemed great unto me, there was a little city,
05:31 and few men within it,
05:33 and there came a great king against it,
05:35 and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.
05:39 Now there was found in it a poor wise man,
05:43 and he by his wisdom delivered the city,
05:48 yet no man remembered that same poor man.
05:52 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength,
05:56 nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised,
05:59 and his words are not heard.
06:02 The words of wise men are heard in quiet
06:05 more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
06:08 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
06:11 but one sinner destroyeth much good.
06:16 Continuing in the book of the Ecclesiastes
06:18 Chapter 10, and this is the King James Version.
06:22 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary
06:25 to send forth a stinking savour,
06:27 so doth a little folly
06:29 him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
06:32 A wise man's heart is at his right hand,
06:36 but a fool's heart at his left.
06:38 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way,
06:42 his wisdom faileth him,
06:43 and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
06:47 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee,
06:50 leave not thy place,
06:53 for yielding pacifieth great offences.
06:57 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun,
07:00 as an error which proceedeth from the ruler,
07:03 Folly is set in great dignity,
07:06 and the rich sit in low place.
07:09 I have seen servants upon horses,
07:12 and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
07:16 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it,
07:19 and whoso breaketh an hedge,
07:21 a serpent shall bite him.
07:24 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith,
07:27 and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.
07:31 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge,
07:35 then must he put to more strength,
07:38 but wisdom is profitable to direct.
07:42 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment,
07:46 and a babbler is no better.
07:48 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious,
07:52 but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
07:57 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness,
07:59 and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
08:03 A fool also is full of words,
08:06 a man cannot tell what shall be,
08:09 and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
08:12 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them,
08:14 because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
08:18 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,
08:21 and thy princes eat in the morning!
08:25 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles,
08:29 and thy princes eat in due season,
08:32 for strength, and not for drunkenness!
08:35 By much slothfulness the building decayeth,
08:38 and through idleness of the hands
08:41 the house droppeth through.
08:43 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry,
08:46 but money answereth all things.
08:50 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought,
08:54 and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber,
08:56 for a bird of the air shall carry the voice,
08:59 and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
09:03 Continuing in Ecclesiastes Chapter 11,
09:06 and this is the King James Version.
09:09 Cast thy bread upon the waters,
09:11 for thou shalt find it after many days.
09:15 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight,
09:17 for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
09:21 If the clouds be full of rain,
09:23 they empty themselves upon the earth,
09:24 and if the tree fall toward the south,
09:26 or toward the north, in the place
09:28 where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
09:31 He that observeth the wind shall not sow,
09:34 and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
09:38 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit,
09:41 nor how the bones do grow
09:42 in the womb of her that is with child,
09:45 even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
09:51 In the morning sow thy seed,
09:53 and in the evening withhold not thine hand,
09:56 for thou knowest not whether shall prosper,
09:59 either this or that,
10:01 or whether they both shall be alike good.
10:05 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is
10:07 for the eyes to behold the sun.
10:10 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all,
10:15 yet let him remember the days of darkness,
10:17 for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
10:22 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth,
10:24 and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth,
10:27 and walk in the ways of thine heart,
10:29 and in the sight of thine eyes,
10:32 but know thou, that for all these things
10:35 God will bring thee into judgment.
10:39 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart,
10:41 and put away evil from thy flesh,
10:44 for childhood and youth are vanity.
10:48 Continuing in the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 12,
10:52 this is the King James Version.
10:54 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
10:58 while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh,
11:02 when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them,
11:05 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars,
11:07 be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain,
11:12 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble,
11:14 and the strong men shall bow themselves,
11:17 and the grinders cease because they are few,
11:19 and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
11:23 And the doors shall be shut in the streets,
11:25 when the sound of the grinding is low,
11:27 and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird,
11:29 and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low,
11:33 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high,
11:36 and fears shall be in the way,
11:38 and the almond tree shall flourish,
11:39 and the grasshopper shall be a burden,
11:42 and desire shall fail, because man goeth to his long home,
11:47 and the mourners go about the streets.
11:50 Or ever the silver cord be loosed,
11:52 or the golden bowl be broken,
11:53 or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
11:55 or the wheel broken at the cistern.
11:58 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was,
12:02 and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
12:07 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity.
12:12 And moreover, because the preacher was wise,
12:15 he still taught the people knowledge,
12:18 yea, he gave good heed, and sought out,
12:20 and set in order many proverbs.
12:24 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words,
12:27 and that which was written was upright,
12:29 even words of truth.
12:31 The words of the wise are as goads,
12:34 and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies,
12:37 which are given from one shepherd.
12:39 And further, by these, my son, be admonished,
12:44 of making many books there is no end,
12:46 and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
12:49 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter,
12:53 Fear God, and keep his commandments,
12:56 for this is the whole duty of man.
12:59 For God shall bring every work into judgment,
13:02 with every secret thing,
13:04 whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
13:09 We are moving now to "The Song of Solomon"
13:12 Chapter 1, and this is the King James Version.
13:15 The Song of songs, which is Solomon's.
13:20 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth,
13:22 for thy love is better than wine.
13:26 Because of the savor of thy good ointments
13:28 thy name is as ointment poured forth,
13:31 therefore do the virgins love thee.
13:34 Draw me, we will run after thee,
13:36 the King hath brought me into his chambers,
13:39 we will be glad and rejoice in thee,
13:42 we will remember thy love more than wine,
13:45 the upright love thee.
13:47 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
13:51 as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
13:54 Look not upon me, because I am black,
13:56 because the sun hath looked upon me,
13:58 my mother's children were angry with me,
14:00 they made me the keeper of the vineyards,
14:03 but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
14:06 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth,
14:09 where thou feedest, where thou makest
14:12 thy flock to rest at noon,
14:14 for why should I be as one that turneth aside
14:16 by the flocks of thy companions?
14:19 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women,
14:22 go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock,
14:24 and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
14:28 I have compared thee, O my love,
14:30 to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
14:34 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels,
14:36 thy neck with chains of gold.