New Defender's Study Bible Notes
Ecclesiastes 11:5; Luke 1:44; etc.), and is being increasingly confirmed by modern scientific monitoring of embryonic children growing in the womb.
Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, and possibly even some of the Psalms. The uniquely cogent wisdom expressed in these books is consistent with the Biblical testimonies concerning his wisdom. The portions of his writings now recognized as divinely inspired Scripture were, however, according to the summation in this verse, only a fraction of his writings.
Ecclesiastes 12:1). Ever since the entrance of sin and death into the world, followed by the Protevangelic promise that the Serpent would bruise the heel of the woman’s Seed (Genesis 3:15), her children in every age have been stung by Satan with his iniquities throughout their lives, amassing an impressive total as the end of life nears. In view of God’s promised redemption, however (Psalm 49:8, 15), there is no need to fear.
Ecclesiastes 8:8). A concerned Christian should continue to serve the Lord, in prayer if nothing else, as long as he has breath.
Ecclesiastes 1:44). God is the Creator—not a “de-Creator!” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). In “the day of the Lord” (II Peter 3:10), “the earth...shall be burned up,” but its mass will possibly be converted into other forms of energy (heat, sound, etc.). It will not be completely annihilated. God will then renew the earth as a “new earth” (II Peter 3:13) which will never pass away (Isaiah 66:22).
Ecclesiastes 11:5. The marvels of embryonic growth are still largely unexplained by scientists, but God knows!
Ecclesiastes 3:14). See also Psalm 78:69; 104:5; Daniel 12:3.
Ecclesiastes 12:9). The last two chapters were apparently written by two men named Agur and Lemuel, respectively (Proverbs 30:1; 31:1). Whether Solomon wrote most of them, however, or collected most of them, their present form is rightly attributed to Solomon (note also Proverbs 10:1; 25:1), with the present form of the book possibly organized by the servants of King Hezekiah (25:1). There is also a possibility that certain sections were written by a school of savants known as “the wise” (Proverbs 22:17; 24:23). The book has been organized in several distinct sections. The first seven verses constitute an introductory statement of purpose, involving the impartation of eleven aspects of God’s mind to the learner (wisdom, instruction, understanding, justice, judgment, equity, subtlety, knowledge, discretion, learning, and wise counsels). Following this is a section—from 1:8 through 9:18 (Proverbs 1:8; 1:10; 1:15; 2:1; 3:1; 3:11; 3:21; 4:1; 4:10; 4:20; 5:1; 5:7; 6:1; 6:20; 7:1; 7:24; 8:32)—containing seventeen lessons, each beginning with “my son” or “ye children.” Prominent in these lessons, and throughout most of the book, is the contrast between two symbolic women, Wisdom and Folly, or the Virtuous Woman and the Strange (or Foreign) Woman. The collection of 375 proverbs from Proverbs 10:1 through Proverbs 22:16 has no specific theme or continuity. Each proverb is an independent pithy saying, with no relation to context, often consisting of a couplet, of either supporting or contrasting assertions. The sections written, or collected, by “the wise” (Proverbs 22:17–24:22 and 24:23-34) also consist of wise sayings on many subjects, but in most cases continuity is retained through several verses. Another set of isolated, independent proverbs appears in Proverbs 25–29, under the heading of “proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out” (Proverbs 25:1). Hezekiah was king of Judah about three hundred years after Solomon; thus the book of Proverbs did not assume its final form until long after Solomon’s day. Finally there are the last two chapters, identified with Agur and Lemuel, respectively. Neither of these two men is otherwise identified, though there have been many speculations. Proverbs 30 is a striking chapter with many quotable verses. The testimony of Lemuel in Proverbs 31 includes the famous acrostic poem (Proverbs 31:10-31) on the “virtuous woman.” The many sayings of Proverbs, seemingly so disjointed, all contribute to the full, rich life of a true redeemed follower of God. Each one well deserves thoughtful study and careful meditation, and all together show that God is directly concerned with every detail of our lives.