E C C L E S I A S T E S
Solomon, in this chapter, comes to recommend
wisdom to us as the most powerful antidote against both the
temptations and vexations that arise from the vanity of the world.
Here is, I. The benefit and praise of wisdom, ver. 1. II. Some particular instances of wisdom
prescribed to us. 1. We must keep in due subjection to the
government God has set over us, ver.
2-5. 2. We must get ready for sudden evils, and
especially for sudden death, ver.
6-8. 3. We must arm ourselves against the temptation of
an oppressive government and not think it strange, ver. 9, 10. The impunity of
oppressors makes them more daring (ver.
11), but in the issue it will be well with the righteous
and ill with the wicked (ver. 12,
13), and therefore the present prosperity of the wicked
and afflictions of the righteous ought not to be a stumbling-block
to us, ver. 14. 4. We must
cheerfully use the gifts of God's providence, ver. 15. 5. We must with an entire
satisfaction acquiesce in the will of God, and, not pretending to
find the bottom, we must humbly and silently adore the depth of his
unsearchable counsels, being assured they are all wise, just, and
good, ver. 16, 17.