Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

5:19 gift of God. This phrase, “the gift of God,” occurs only twice in the Old Testament, here and in Ecclesiastes 3:13. In both instances, the “gift” has to do with material blessings. Its six occurrences in the New Testament, on the other hand, all refer to spiritual blessings—especially “eternal life” (Romans 6:23; see also John 4:10; Acts 8:20; I Corinthians 7:7; Ephesians 2:8; II Timothy 1:6).

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