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


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


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).

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

18 This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. 19Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God. 20For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.

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