Ecclesiastes 11:7
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New International Version
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

King James Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

Darby Bible Translation
Now the light is sweet, and pleasant is it to the eyes to see the sun;

World English Bible
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun.

Young's Literal Translation
Sweet also is the light, And good for the eyes to see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:7 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Truly the light is sweet - Life is dear to every man as the light of the sun is to the eye. A man would give all that he has for his life, and it is particularly dear to him when he is in ease and affluence: but let each remember that,

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the light

Job 33:28,30 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light...

Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered my soul from death: will not you deliver my feet from falling...

Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

Proverbs 29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lightens both their eyes.

a pleasant

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good...

A New Years Sermon to the Young
'Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.... Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.'--ECCLES. xi. 9; xii. 1. This strange, and in some places perplexing Book of Ecclesiastes, is intended to
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Curiosity a Temptation to Sin.
"Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."--Proverbs iv. 14, 15. The chief cause of the wickedness which is every where seen in the world, and in which, alas! each of us has more or less his share, is our curiosity to have some fellowship with darkness, some experience of sin, to know what the pleasures of sin are like. I believe it is even thought unmanly by many persons (though they may not like to say
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII

It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 6:5
Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--

Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.

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