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Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 – 'The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart'

Summary

The good fruits of honest labor are given by God for human enjoyment.

Analysis

This section may be considered the key to understanding the entire book, as Luther suggested. Luther wrote: "This statement is the interpreter of the entire book: Solomon intends to forbid vain anxieties, so that we may happily enjoy the things that are present and not care at all about the things that are in the future, lest we permit the present moment, our moment, to slip away" (Luther's Works 15:93).