Ecclesiastes 5:20
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New International Version
They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

King James Bible
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

Darby Bible Translation
For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth [him] with the joy of his heart.

World English Bible
For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.

Young's Literal Translation
For he doth not much remember the days of his life, for God is answering through the joy of his heart.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For he shall not much remember - The person who acts in this way, extracts all the good requisite from life. He passes through things temporal so as not to lose those that are eternal: -

"Calm and serene, the road of life to him,

Or long or short, rugged or smooth, with thorns

O'erspread, or gay with flowers, is but a road.

Such fare as offers grateful he accepts,

And smiling to his native home proceeds."


Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

for he shall not much remember

Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.


Deuteronomy 28:8-12,47 The LORD shall command the blessing on you in your storehouses, and in all that you set your hand to...

Psalm 4:6,7 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you up the light of your countenance on us...

Isaiah 64:5 You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember you in your ways: behold, you are wroth; for we have sinned...

Isaiah 65:13,14,21-24 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink...

Romans 5:1,5-11 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ...

Naked or Clothed?
'As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.'--ECCLES. v. 15. '... Their works do follow them.'--REV. xiv. 13. It is to be observed that these two sharply contrasted texts do not refer to the same persons. The former is spoken of a rich worldling, the latter of 'the dead who die in the Lord.' The unrelieved gloom of the one is as a dark background against which the triumphant assurance of
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

i. editions of chrysostom's works. S. Joannis Chrysostomi, archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani, Opera omnia quæ exstant vel quæ ejus nomine circumferuntur, ad mss. codices Gallicos, Vaticanos, Anglicos, Germanicosque castigata, etc. Opera et studio D.Bernardi de Montfaucon, monachi ordinis S. Benedicti e congregatione S. Mauri, opem ferentibus aliis ex codem sodalitio, monachis. Greek and Latin, Paris, 1718-'38, in 13 vols., fol. This is the best edition, and the result of about twenty
St. Chrysostom—On the Priesthood

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
Exodus 23:25
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,

Ecclesiastes 6:1
I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind:

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