Ecclesiastes 9

Chapter 9

9:10  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

there is no work

Verse 10 is no more a divine revelation concerning the state of the dead than any other conclusion of "the Preacher" Ecclesiastes 1:1 is such a revelation. Reasoning from the standpoint of man "under the sun" the natural man can see no difference between a dead man and a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4 . A living dog is better than either. No one would quote verse 2 as a divine revelation. These reasonings of man apart from divine revelation are set down by inspiration just as the words of Satan ; Genesis 3:4 ; Job 2:4 Job 2:5 are so set down. But that life and consciousness continue between death and resurrection is directly affirmed in Scripture. ; Isaiah 14:9-11 ; Matthew 22:32 ; Mark 9:43-48 ; Luke 16:19-31 ; John 11:26 ; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 ; Philippians 1:21-23 ; Revelation 6:9-11 .

grave Heb. "Sheol," (See Scofield "Habakkuk 2:5") .