ECCLESIASTES (ESCERPTS)

“THERE IS AN OPPORTUNE TIME TO DO THINGS, A RIGHT TIME FOR EVERYTHING ON THE EARTH.

A right time for birth and another for death,

A right time to plant and another to reap,

A right time to kill and another to heal,

A right time to destroy and another to construct, 

A right time to cry and another to laugh,

A right time to lament and another to cheer,

A right time to make love and another to abstain,

A right time to embrace and another to part,

A right time to search and another to count your losses,

A right time to hold on and another to let go,

A right time to rip out and another to mend,

A right time to shut up and another to speak up,

A right time to love and another to hate,

A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do – busy work mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time – but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up too, whether, he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it – eat, drink, and make the most of you job. It’s God’s gift.

I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction.. God’s done and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear. Whatever was, is.

Whatever will be, is.

That’s how it always is with God.”

“Watch your step when you enter God’s house.

Enter to learn.

That’s far better than mindlessly offering a sacrifice.

Doing more harm than good.

Don’t shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think.

Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear.

God’s in charge, not you – the less you speak the better.

Overwork makes for restless sleep.

Overtalk shows you up as a fool.

When you tell God you’ll do something, do it – now.

God takes no pleasure in foolish gabble. Vow it, then do it.

Far better not to vow in the first place than to vow and not pay up.

Don’t let your mouth make a total sinner of you.

When called to account, you won’t get by with 

“Sorry I didn’t mean it.”

Why risk provoking God to angry retaliation?

But against all illusion and fantasy and empty talk

There’s always this rock foundation: Fear God!”

The one who loves money is never satisfied with money. Nor the one who loves wealth with big profits. More smoke. The more you get, the more looters show up. And what fun is that – to be robbed in broad daylight?

Hard and honest works earns a good night’s sleep.

Whether supper is beans or steak.

But a rich man’s belly gives him insomnia.”

 

 

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