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The word 'return' Yes, 'return' is an accurate translation. The Hebrew verb is shūb (שוב), and means 'to turn back'. But what is 'spirit' referring to? Ecclesiastes 12.7 uses a handful of certain words and ideas: the body is made of dust and returns to the earth upon death; the spirit is from God and returns to him upon death. We're in the same realm of ...


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A look at a couple translations reflecting modern and classic scholarship offers some helpful insight. 24 The best thing we can do is to enjoy eating, drinking, and working.[a] I believe these are God’s gifts to us, 25 and no one enjoys eating and living more than I do. 26 If we please God, he will make us wise, understanding, and happy. But if we ...


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The Short Answer The word "evil" in context is best translated "injustice," although "evil" is a fine translation. Here are some variations in versions: ESV,NASB + others - "evil" NET - "injustice" ISV - "troublesome" HCSB - "wrong" Contextual Analysis Some features to notice: The passage describes more than one outcome, the opinion of the ...


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This verse you are noticing is within the overall concept of a peaceful contentment in the moment which is not really a human ability but is a spiritual attitude that can only come from God. This simple contentment, such as the simple relaxed enjoyment of our daily eating and drinking as part of the essentials of living is contrasted with a meaningless ...


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Your link is behind a login. Here's an alternative source. The short answer to your question is "No".1 1 If I am wrong, the person on the planet who will know is Stuart Weeks. See his very recent paper on the interpretation of Qohelet (unpublished). His contact details are on his staff page, and if you sent him a short, polite request on Graetz, he might ...


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It may also mean that we gather stones before we go to war and we throw away them after war. We would not just cast away stones in that time period because stones were used in every aspect of life to grind wheat, to build walls, houses and as weapons in war.


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The 12th Century scholar Rashi addressed your issue. My translation follows The Complete Jewish Bible (in Hebrew and English) with Rashi Commentary, which you can access on-line here. My translation differs somewhat from yours. Verse 24 states: Is it not good for a man that he eat and drink and show himself enjoyment in his toil? This too have I seen that ...



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