Learning Biblical Hebrew
1/23/10 at 06:37 AM 0 Comments

Is it better to be rich - Ecclesiastes 5:11-12?

text size A A A

In the book of Ecclesiastes one man can find a lot of saying about the life. This book, traditionally written by King Solomon at the end of his life, tells us a lot about life from every point of view that we need. It considered being one of the books of wisdom in The Scriptures among with the book of Proverbs and the book of Job.

The argument whether money makes our life easier or more comfortable is not a modern one. Though that today we can measure the richness by amount of money that acceptable of all the human beings, even in the old ages this argument has been existed and in the book of Ecclesiastes we can find it sometimes. Today I want to speak about 2 verses in the book, as written above:

"מְתוּקָה שְׁנַת הָעֹבֵד, אִם-מְעַט וְאִם-הַרְבֵּה יֹאכֵל; וְהַשָּׂבָע, לֶעָשִׁיר--אֵינֶנּוּ מַנִּיחַ לוֹ, לִישׁוֹן. יֵשׁ רָעָה חוֹלָה, רָאִיתִי תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ: עֹשֶׁר שָׁמוּר לִבְעָלָיו, לְרָעָתוֹ"

"Sweet is the sleep of a labouring man, whether he eats little or much; but the satiety of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt"

I think I agree with the words above; it is better to work than to be the rich that is sitting in the palace, eating without feeling; it is better to work and sleep with sweetness no matter how much are you eating in the end of the day.

Only then you can sleep at night without being worried all the time where you are the list of Forbs magazine. If you are worried this is the awful thing...

Enjoy the work is the next stage.....

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew    Transcription Translation
עוֹבֵד         'ôbēd             Worker
מָתוֹק         mātôq           Sweet
שֵׁנָה          šēnāh          Sleep
עָשִׁיר         'āšîr             Rich
עָנִי            'ānî              Poor
נוֹרָא           Nôrā'           Awful
קֹהֶלֶת         qōhele       t Ecclesiastes


CP Blogs do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Post. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s).