A Homiletic Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes

A Homiletic Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...is clear. 3. Christ arms the soul with His own strength. That soul whom He strengthens can fear no foe. He who is joined to the highest is as secure as the throne of God. SUGGESTIVE COMMENTS ON THE VERSES. Verse 11. What the better is man of that reputation which only makes him more envied? What the better is he of that wealth which only makes him obnoxious to plots and dangers? What the better of that philosophy which, like a taper on the face of a midnight cliff, only shows how beetling is the brow above him, and how profound the gulf below, whilst he himself is crawling a wingless reptile on the ever-narrowing ledge? What the better is acquirement, when, after all, man's intellect, man's conscience, man's affections, must remain a vast and unappeasable vacuity? Dr. J. Hamilton. In our anxiety to get rid of the burden of vanity by new diversions, pursuits, and acquirements, we only make that burden the heavier, and condemn ourselves to the grief of failure. The boasted improvements of reason, while they enlarge our view and refine our taste, at the same time serve to render the sense of misery more acute. No imagined change in the external conditions of a man's life can make any radical improvement of his real self. The diseases of the human spirit are inveterate. Not only are we not healed by the physicians who undertake our case, but we grow worse under their hands. We can only be healed by a miracle of grace. Verse 12. What we often looked forward to as a source of great good has turned out to be a great evil. The sages have failed so often in the experiment of determining the best conditions of happiness, that there can be no certain knowledge except by Revelation. Faith alone can heal the sorrows of the mind. The voice of complaint and...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653123X
  • 9781236531230