Wisdom (is) profitable to direct - to a prosperous issue. Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. wisdom is profitable to direct—to a prosperous issue. If the iron be blunt, what then? Even when the f… And how marvellously has discovery gone on from age to age! The correct meaning for the whole, in general at least, is found if, after the example of Abulwalîd and Kimchi, we interpret חילים גּבּר of the increasing of strength, the augmenting of the effort of strength, not, as Aben-Ezra, of conquering, outstripping, surpassing; גּבּר means to make strong, to strengthen, Zechariah 10:6, Zechariah 10:12; and חילים, as plur. form, "to make light," then "to sharpen;" for this latter meaning we need adduce no examples, seeing that "to sharpen" is simply "to make light." 9 Who so remoueth stones, shall be hurt therewith: and hee that cleaueth wood, shalbe endangered thereby. Ecclesiastes 10:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ecclesiastes 10:10, NIV: "If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success." Ecclesiastes 10:10 "If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom [is] profitable to direct. " count well the cost of revolt. Posted on Aug 18, 2018 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 21 minutes. Practical sagacity in work serves to economize strength. Thus wisdom prompts one to make careful plans and preparation. The great error of the day is to suppose that general education may supersede particular training, and that if a child has been to school that therefore that child can turn his hand to anything. (Note: Also the twofold Haggadic explanation, Taanith 8 a, gives to hachshir the meaning of “to set, à priori, in the right place.” Luther translated qilqal twice correctly, but further follows the impossible rendering of Jerome: multo labore exacuetur , et post industriam sequetur sapientia .). Ecclesiastes 10:15 - The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city. Iron.—2 Kings 6:5; Isaiah 10:34; Proverbs 27:17. The misery of the heathen world is that it does not possess in wisdom a corrective, that, in fact, it has nothing on which the iron of their understanding may be whetted when its edge has become dull. Delitzsch's Indogerm.-Sem. God no more directed men where to find, than how to prepare the iron. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 (Read Ecclesiastes 10:1-3) Those especially who make a profession of religion, should keep from all appearances of evil. Hichsir means to set in the right position ( vid ., above, kaser ), and the sentence will thus mean: the advantage which the placing rightly of the means serviceable to an end affords, is wisdom - i.e., wisdom bears this advantage in itself, brings it with it, concretely: a wise man is he who reflects upon this advantage. 91f.). 10.If the iron — Better, the axe. how have new properties been discovered, new errors been exploded, new theories established! But wisdom is profitable to direct, Heb. If the iron be blunt - If the axe have lost its edge, and the owner do not sharpen it, he must apply the more strength to make it cut: but the wisdom that is profitable to direct will teach him, that he should whet his axe, and spare his strength. But perhaps a more specialized meaning is intended: "dead flies" = … II. pan ilippi, the forepart of a ship); “it has no edge” would have been expressed by ( פּיפיּות ) פּה לא והוא, or by מלטּשׁ איננו והוא ( מוּחד, מורט ). I. Made blunt. There is just as much work done in England in one day by the help of machinery as it would take five hundred millions of men to perform without. We may be sure there are some very wise ends, though not discoverable by us, subserved by this protracted concealment. and he do not whet the edge; with some proper instrument to make it sharper, that it may cut the more easily; then must he put to more strength; he must give a greater blow, strike the harder, and use more force; and yet it may not be sufficient, or; it may be to no purpose, and he himself may be in the greatest danger of being hurt; as such are who push things with all their might and main, without judgment and discretion; but wisdom is profitable to direct; this is the "excellency" of wisdom, that it puts a man in the right way of doing things, and of doing them right; it directs him to take the best methods, and pursue the best ways and means of doing things, both for his own good and the good of others; and so it is better than strength, Ecclesiastes 9:16. This is speaking of a knife, or an ax that needs to be sharpened, to make it cut more easily. In 10 b there follows the common clause containing the application. Buxtorf translates the Hiph. Comm. (H. Melvill, B. D.). Nothing else will keep us fit for service. With vahhaylim the apodosis begins; the style of Koheleth recognises this vav apod. There are about him all the rules of science and mechanical laws, but not knowing them they cannot be used. Wisdom not only reaches for the right tool, but makes sure that such a tool is working properly. Whet.—Ezekiel 21:21, where it is translated “make bright.”. Instead of forcing matters by main "strength" to one's own hurt (Ec 9:16, 18). But this is owing to the fact that the husbandman had the implements with which to work, whose manufacture is not to be procured and effected without much toil and thought and time. 3. And in this chapter, the Preacher in the first six verses gives us some good sound financial advice. 2. Strength may be saved in self-improvement by a philosophic method. We have often in Hebrew “mouth of the sword,” for edge of the sword, but the only parallel for the expression “face” in that sense is in the highly poetical passage in Ezekiel 21:16, just referred to. absol. This principle applies to religious work. --- Wisdom. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom [is] profitable to direct. 8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. True wisdom is the prerogative of the people of God, which will at last prevail over the brute force of their worldly oppressors. ḳualḳuala, ḳalḳala, of the swinging of a sword), yet קלקלו (אתו קלקל) could have been used, and, besides, פנים means, not like פי, the edge, but, as a somewhat wider idea, the front, face (Ezekiel 21:21; cf. 1. “Wisdom is profitable to direct.”. (Geier, Desvoeux, Mendelss. 3. Ecclesiastes 10, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a … Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by one of the most revered Methodist leaders gives new insight into God's Word. Also, the explanations which understand חילים in the sense of war-troops, armies, which is certainly its nearest-lying meaning, bring out no appropriate thought; for the thought that even blunt iron, as far as it is not externally altogether spoiled ( lo - phanim qilqal ), or: although it has not a sharpened edge (Rashi, Rashbam), might be an equipment for an army, or gain the victory, would, although it were true, not fit the context; Ginsburg explains: If the axe be blunt, and he (who goes out against the tyrant) do not sharpen it beforehand ( phanim, after Jerome, for lephanim, which is impossible, and besides leads to nothing, since lephanim means ehedem formerly, but not zuvor [ prius ], Ewald, §220 a ), he (the tyrant) only increases his army; on the contrary, wisdom hath the advantage by repairing the mischief (without the war being unequal); - but the “ruler” of the foregoing group has here long ago disappeared, and it is only a bold imagination which discovers in the hu of Ecclesiastes 10:10 the person addressed in Ecclesiastes 10:4, and represents him as a rebel, and augments him into a warlike force, but recklessly going forth with unwhetted swords. We therefore translate: if the iron has become blunt, hebes factum sit (for the Pih. Semi-heathen nations, such as Italy, Spain, and Turkey, are careless, dissolute, and remain as they were. pan ilippi, the forepart of a ship); "it has no edge" would have been expressed by (פּיפיּות) פּה לא והוא, or by מלטּשׁ איננו והוא (מוּחד, מורט). Ecclesiastes 10:11 usage, from the root-meaning levem esse, signifies to move with ease, i.e., quickness (as also in the Arab. Shall the dead stones be capable of such high uses and such gracious ends, and are we alone to be of no account? Ecclesiastes 10:10 - If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. The diversities in the interpretation of details leave the essence of this thought untouched. "If the axe is blunt and the edge unwhetted, more strength must be put into the blow; successful skill comes from shrewd sense. There are two reasons for the woe: 1. a young, inexperienced ruler. (1-3) Respecting subjects and rulers. “If the iron has become blunt, and he has not whetted the face, then he must give more strength to the effort; but wisdom has the superiority in setting right.” This proverb of iron, i.e., iron instruments ( בּרזל, from בּרז, to pierce, like the Arab. 4. Ecclesiastes 10:10. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. Hichsir means to set in the right position (vid., above, kaser), and the sentence will thus mean: the advantage which the placing rightly of the means serviceable to an end affords, is wisdom - i.e., wisdom bears this advantage in itself, brings it with it, concretely: a wise man is he who reflects upon this advantage. The wise perform great things even with bad tools. And we cannot but observe a display of wisdom and benevolence in the arrangement by which our world has been peopled, by no moans inferior to that which furnished us with the treasures of the earth. Learning and wisdom are useful to the Christian, and they are necessary to the Christian. [2 Corinthians 4:4] These edge tools, therefore, must be whetted by the use of holy ordinances, and much strength put to, great pains taken, virtutibus corroborabitur (so the old translation hath it). You might have expected that, having made so merciful provision for the alleviation of human pain, God would not have left the world so long ignorant of the existence of such antidotes and remedies. Use the bluntest iron with all thy might, and thou shalt rise. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” In this lonely London the sight of a friendly face, the touch of a kindly hand, the sound of a cheery voice is a very whetstone of the spirit. Some may say, What has all this subject to do with religion? Solomon desires to impress upon us the truth of what a load of trouble a man may save himself by a little forethought. 4. ), "If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength; but wisdom is profitable to direct. A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. And there as he looked about him he saw this--that it is not always the man who works hardest who does most: that the workman who had a blunt tool must sharpen it, or he must work harder if he would keep pace with the others. Albeit, though the “iron” of such a man be blunt, let him use it, and he will succeed. The unhappy subject who has much to bear from his injustice still needs to count well the cost of revolt. We will now bring before you more precise illustration of the passage, but still under such views as may best excite you to the observing the benevolence of God. Porsena enjoined the Romans, Ne ferro nisi in agricultura uterentur, saith he, that they should not use iron but only about their husbandry. III. If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. 8 He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it; and who so breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. The order of the words קל ... וה, et ille non faciem ( ferri ) exacuit , is as at Isaiah 53:9; cf. of intransitives has frequently the meaning of an inchoative or desiderative stem, like מעת, to become little, decrescere, Ecclesiastes 12:3; כּהה, hebescere, caligare, Ezekiel 21:12; Ewald, §120 c ), and he (who uses it) has not polished (whetted) the face of it, he will (must) increase the force. The advocates of the hypothesis of a Dialogue have here a support in אם, which may be rendered interrogatively; but where would we find, syntactically as well as actually, the answer? Must he put to more strength.—“Make his strength mighty,” the words being nearly the same as in the phrase “mighty men of strength” (1Chronicles 7:5). Ecclesiastes 10:10 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. Thus, without wisdom and understanding we cannot go profitably through the meanest concerns in life. II. Pliny (a) calls iron the best and worst instrument of man’s life, and shows the many uses of it, as in ploughing, planting, pruning, planing, &c., but abominates the use of it in war and murdering weapons. The men who are placed in such temporal circumstances as seem to doom them to destitution, must, if they would overcome difficulties and rise, be strenuous in effort. The old translators afford no help for the understanding of it. and Aethiop. Whetting the edge sharpens the blade. render it by ταράσσειν, דּלח, to shake, and thereby to trouble, make muddy); in the Mishn. He has been brought into contact with heavenly things, and the attrition has sharpened him again for his earthly occupations, so that when “the iron” is brought into use, “its edge” is so powerfully sharp, that what seemed adamantine was divisible, and what seemed inseparable might be cleft. name for iron, hadîd, means essentially something pointed), is one of the most difficult in the Book of Koheleth, - linguistically the most difficult, because scarcely anywhere else are so many peculiar and unexampled forms of words to be found. If men go about the world--as, alas! (Homilist. of making fit, equipping, - a predisposition corresponding to a definite aim or result, - is much more conformable to the example from which the porisma is deduced. Then, again, let there be a daily surrender of ourselves to Him for service. Without wisdom, all our efforts can be in vain. Thus skill or experience is represented as a mean which is left to procure success when all others fail. Here is a lesson on fitness for service. 10. Jeremiah 37:10, and above, under Ecclesiastes 7:22. "There is none to that," as David said of Goliath’s sword. Nothing can be more agreeable to Solomon's design than such a notion, especially as it carries an intimation of the necessity of a superior genius and application in a prince who employs unskilful ministers, that he may be able to supply their want of experience. Delitzsch's Indogerm.-Sem. A little preparation, a little contrivance, will prevent in the end an enormous amount of work, whereas the neglect of common foresight must entail the waste of strength and time and toil. p. 252). Still, even after a failure, wisdom is profitable to direct: more literally, to make repair and reconciliation. (f) Without wisdom, whatever a man takes in hand, turns to his own hurt. qarqar, Numbers 24:17) in bibl. “wine gladdens one’s life. "The axe may be symbolic of all implements used by men in the activities of their work. This has been singularly the case with medicines. Yet better than the man’s prescription for dulness is contact and communion with the Friend of Friends, the Lord Himself. If wisdom can be beneficial in using such a common tool as an axe, how much more is wisdom needed when speaking, listening, controlling our emotions or dealing with others? Ecclesiastes Commentary - 103 Pages - Includes numerous quotes from other respected conservative sources, including almost 100 quotations from Michael Eaton's Tyndale OT Commentary (ranked as one of the best on Ecclesiastes). לא־פנים, "without an edge" (lo for belo), would be linguistically as correct as בּנים לא, "without children," 1 Chronicles 2:30, 1 Chronicles 2:32; Ewald, 286b; and qilqal would have a meaning in some measure supported by Ezekiel 21:26. Let it be a matter of conscience with us that we be ever at our best for our Lord. Jeremiah 37:10, and above, under Ecclesiastes 7:22. Others have adopted the less appropriate explanation, "ea est sapientiae praestantia, ut prosperum eventum consiliis suorum spondeat," appealing to the fact that כשר occurs in the sense of "prosper" in Ecclesiastes 11:6, and כשרין in that of "gain, advantage" in Ecclesiastes 5:10. He who was the carpenter still needs hammers as well as chisels and planes. People prepare meals, invite friends over, and have a good time. Piel, however, is used there undeniably in an intransitive sense: and that the iron must be the subject here is clear from what follows: "and he," to wit, he whom it concerns, the owner of the hatchet; whereas this could not well be if this owner did not already form the subject to קהה. The very metal mentioned in the text, to deprive the world of which would be to produce starvation, and which with mighty toil is wrung from the bowels of the earth, underwent many curious and necessary processes ere it came to the husbandman in the form of a plough. The failure of a rebellion leaves the tyrant stronger, and also exasperated. It is not the sweating bustler who does the most work in the world’s trade; it is the man of forecast and philosophical measures. For us there must be possibilities of good and blessing. If the iron be blunt— If an iron instrument be blunt, though the edge be not quite off, and he who wanteth to make use of it increaseth his strength, skill is more profitable to succeed: or it may be rendered, If an axe be blunt, though the edge is not quite off, then the workman shall exert his utmost strength, and skill remaineth to make him succeed. (M. G. But when all is done, he must needs be obtuse acutus, which seeth not that wisdom is profitable to direct; that is, that (whether the iron be blunt or sharp, whetted or not whetted, more strength added or not added) it is wisdom that rectifies all, or the benefit of rectifying is wisdom. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Ecclesiastes 10:10. Illustrating the folly and injuriousness of … The stone age is prehistoric, uncivilized and savage; the golden age is but a dream; the iron age is the true age. 2. in conditional clauses, Ecclesiastes 4:11, cf. Ecclesiastes 10:10. Edge.—Literally, face. Strength may be saved in commercial pursuits by a wise system of management. qarqar, Numbers 24:17) in bibl. ASV. If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. Pearse.). "the advantage of giving success"-"Wisdom teaches how to conduct matters to a successful end; for instance, it prompts the worker to sharpen his tool instead of trying to accomplish his task by an exertion of mere brute strength" (P.P. - Verse-by-Verse Commentary Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. The failure of a rebellion leaves the tyrant stronger, and also exasperated. Assyr. This principle applies to evangelizing work. as a Mishnic word by aptare, rectificare. Ecclesiastes 10:10 Context. The iron, to wit, the axe whereby he cut the wood, in the former verse, which by the danger there mentioned may be supposed to be sharp; but now, saith he, if it happen to be blunt. Luther translated qilqal twice correctly, but further follows the impossible rendering of Jerome: multo labore exacuetur, et post industriam sequetur sapientia. p. as a Mishnic word by aptare, rectificare . Study the bible online using commentary on Ecclesiastes 10 and more! Heb. Whoso possesses such a corrective must be exalted, however deeply he may have sunk: he who possesses it not, must perish, to whatever height he may have risen. Hitz., Böttch., Zöckl., Lange, and others make the wood-splitter, or, in general, the labourer, the subject to קהה, referring והוא to the iron, and contrary to the accents, beginning the apodosis with qilqal : “If he (one) has made the iron blunt, and it is without an edge, he swings it, and applies his strength.”. The unhappy subject who has much to bear from his injustice still needs to. KJ21. ... See commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:24). What you can help and must help is this--that it do not remain blunt. (11-15) Duties of rulers and subjects. Religion teaches us how to live here as well as to be saved hereafter. It is a property, or we might rather say an infirmity of man, that he cannot give himself to incessant labour, whether it be bodily or mental, but what it soon causes him to seek relaxation and repose. We have often in Hebrew “mouth of the sword,” for edge of the sword, but the only parallel for the expression “face” in that sense is in the highly poetical passage in Ezekiel 21:16, just referred to. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. Add to my study list. Genesis 43:9, Ruth. Take education. I. Gregory compares the devil to these Philistines, blinding and blunting men’s wits and understandings, "lest the light of saving truth should shine unto them." Wisdom — As wisdom instructs a man in the smallest matters, so it is useful for a man's direction in all weighty affairs. Buxtorf translates the Hiph . Genesis 43:9, Ruth. But the meaning prevalent in post-bibl. And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life… Business Advice 11:1 Cast [send] thy bread [grain] upon the waters [overseas]: for […] Bible Commentary Ecclesiastes 9:10-10:3. Here is a lesson on service. of חיל, strength, is supported by גּבּורי חילים, 1 Chronicles 7:5, 1 Chronicles 7:7, 1 Chronicles 7:11, 1 Chronicles 7:40, the plur. Wisdom is like that."[10]. Each man was left to his own ingenuity and industry; and after having experienced the benefit of these discoveries themselves, they naturally communicated them to others. - Verse-by-Verse Commentary Ecclesiastes 10:10, ESV: "If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed." 91f.). Ecclesiastes Commentary; JOHN SCHULTZ. (Note: Regarding the two roots, vid., Fried. Hitzig, Elster, and Zöckl. We have now taken a general view of the text, and one, we think, which has enabled us to survey Divine providence under a very interesting aspect. "[9] This verse (1) is paraphrased: "Wisdom can make any job easier; if a person sharpens the knife (axe) the job is easier. Tyler suggests along with "right guidance" the meaning "pre-arrangement," which we prefer. And however it may be in general, there is far more cause for fear that men will be too inert rather than too active, though cases of a contrary nature frequently occur, in which the caution most needed is, that they always “whet the edge.” The proverbial saying which one so commonly hears, and which involves a great fallacy, “Better wear than rust,” would almost seem to contradict the great principle of our text; just as though it were necessary that iron should rust out, if it is not rapidly worn out, whereas the truth is, that though by putting to more strength, the iron will be worn out, it will not be rusted out through whetting the edge, seeing that the whetting of the edge brightens what it sharpens And it is melancholy to think of what frequently happens in our seminaries of learning, where youths of high promise, of fine powers of imagination, and large capacities for science, sink beneath the pressure of an overtasked mind, working out for themselves an early grave, and depriving the world of the benefit which they might have conferred on it by their literature or their piety, through that constant and incessant use of the iron, and continued neglect of whetting the edge. 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