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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ecclesiastes 7

Be good... but not that good.

Summary:
A good reputation is important.
It's better to mourn than to party. The end is better than the beginning.
Listen to wise people.
Bribes corrupt.
Don't think that the olden days were better.
Wisdom is good, and preserves your life.
Be happy in good times, but know that God makes bad times too.
Avoid extremes.
No-one is perfect.
Don't listen to what everyone says about you; remember some of the things you have said!
Wisdom is hard to find, and when I searched, I just found women who were traps, and that we've all left God's plan for us.

Key verse:
18. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.
20. There is not a righteous man on earth
who does what is right and never sins.

My thoughts:
In this chapter Ecclesiastes feels quite a bit like Proverbs, but with a bit more of a depressing tone.

There's quite a lot of cools stuff in this chapter. Not always listening to what people say; the sin of all people; the condemnation of bribes; not judging the future on the past.

The call away from extremes is interesting, because it introduces the concept of being 'over-righteous'. What would this mean in practice?

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