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For there is a proper time and procedure for every purpose, even though the misery of man is heavy on him. Bible

“even though the misery of man is heavy on him.” The Hebrew conjunction that begins the verse can be translated different ways, and the versions differ, but we agree with the commentators and translators who see the second phrase as being connected by reason with the first phrase (cp. HCSB; ESV; NIV; NLT; NRS; RSV). The misery of mankind, which weighs heavily on us all, often causes us to take shortcuts in life that are ungodly, immoral, and even sometimes illegal. The New Testament is clear that “if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competed according to the rules” (2 Tim. 2:5). Wise people, who keep everlasting life and rewards in mind, do the godly thing even when life is difficult and “cheating a little” would give them what they wanted in life. As Ecclesiastes 8:6 says, there is a proper time and procedure (way of doing things) for all that we do. The glory we receive for doing things the right and godly way will far exceed the suffering we are going through now (Rom. 8:18).


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 8:6