Ecclesiastes 7:10

10 Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not wise of you to ask this.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:10

Say not thou, what is [the cause] that the former days were
better than these?
&c.] This is a common opinion, that in all ages prevails among men, that former times were better than present ones; that trade flourished more, and men got more wealth and riches, and lived in greater ease and plenty; and complain that their lot is cast in such hard times, and are ready to lay the blame upon the providence of God, and murmur at it, which they should not do; for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this:
this is owing to ignorance of former times; which, if rightly inquired into, or the true knowledge of them could be come at, it would appear that they were no better than the present; and that there were always bad men, and bad things done; frauds, oppressions, and violence, and everything that can be complained of now: or if things are worse than they were, this should be imputed to the badness of men; and the inquirer should look to himself, and his own ways, and see if there is not a cause there, and study to redeem the time, because the days are evil; and not arraign the providence of God, and murmur at that, and quarrel with it; as if the distributions of it were unequal, and justice not done in one age as in another

Ecclesiastes 7:10 In-Context

8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.
9 Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.
10 Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not wise of you to ask this.
11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and an advantage to those who see the sun.
12 For wisdom is protection as money is protection, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.
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