Ecclesiastes 11:7

Remember Your Creator While Young

7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:7 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:
English Standard Version (ESV)
7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.
The Message Bible (MSG)
7 Oh, how sweet the light of day, And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!
American Standard Version (ASV)
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
7 Light is sweet, and it is good for one's eyes to see the sun.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasing for the eyes to see the sun.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
7 Light is sweet. People enjoy being out in the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:7 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 11:7

Truly the light [is] sweet
Here begins a new subject, as most think; and some here begin the twelfth and last chapter, and not improperly. This is true of natural light, which is exceeding pleasant, useful, and beneficial; by which men discern objects, behold the things of nature with pleasure, walk in the way without stumbling, and do the work and business of life: and also of civil light or prosperity; for, as afflictions are expressed by darkness, and adversity by night; so the comforts and good things of life by light and day, which are very desirable and delectable: and here "life" itself may be meant, for light is sometimes put for life, which is the light of the living; and what sweeter and more desirable than that, especially a life attended with prosperity and peace? see ( Job 33:28 Job 33:30 ) ( 3:20 ) ( 2:4 ) ( Psalms 34:12 ) . The Targum and Jarchi interpret it of the light of the law; and which is indeed a light, and so is the whole word of God, ( Proverbs 6:23 ) ( Psalms 119:105 ) ( 2 Peter 1:19 ) ; but may be better applied unto the Gospel, which is a great and glorious light, ( Isaiah 9:2 ) ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ) ; and a means of enlightening dark minds; not only of showing men their sinfulness, as the law does; but the insufficiency of their righteousness, of all their own goodness and good works to justify; it reveals Christ, and the glories of his person; it sets him forth evidently, as crucified and slain, for the worst of sinners; it makes manifest his fulness, ability, and willingness, as a Saviour; righteousness, peace, pardon, and salvation by him; it makes known things not to be discerned by the light of nature, even things wonderful and marvellous, as well as what is the way a man should walk in: and this light is sweet and pleasant, not to a blind and carnal man, who despises it, and reckons it foolishness, but to those who are enlightened by the Spirit of God; and to these it is very delightful, even to all their senses; it is sweet to their taste, a joyful sound to their ears, and beautiful to their sight are the feet of them that bring its good tidings. The light of grace, which appears in first conversion, and comes from God suddenly, which at first is small, but increases, is exceeding pleasant, strikes the soul with delight and wonder; it is marvellous light, ( 1 Peter 2:9 ) ; and so is the light of joy and gladness to believers, when it arises to them after a time of darkness, or the light of God's countenance, ( Psalms 4:6 Psalms 4:7 ) ; and such will be the light of the latter day glory, and more especially the light of the heavenly state; and a pleasant [thing it is] for the eyes to behold the sun;
the natural sun, shining at noon day, which is a luminous and glorious body, communicating light and heat to all the world: which is so glorious and so pleasant to behold, that Anaxagoras, the philosopher, being asked what he was born for, answered,

``to see the heavens, the sun, and the moon F20;''
and Eudoxus, another philosopher, said,
``he could be content to perish, could he get so near to the sun as to learn the nature of it F21.''
To "see the sun", in the language of this book, is to live in this world, and to enjoy the light of the sun, and the comforts of life; see ( Ecclesiastes 7:11 ) ; and now a life, attended with outward prosperity and inward peace, that is spent in doing and enjoying good, is a very desirable and delightful one; though such a man should not think of living always, but of death, and the days of darkness, as in ( Ecclesiastes 11:8 ) . This may he applied to Christ, the sun of righteousness, ( Psalms 84:11 ) ( Malachi 4:2 ) ; the fountain of all spiritual light and heat; the brightness of his Father's glory; and who is superior to angels and men; and is to be beheld by faith, and in his own light, as the sun is; and whom to look upon with an eye of faith is exceeding pleasant and delightful, and fills with joy unspeakable and full of glory, ( 1 Peter 1:8 ) .

F20 Laert. in Vita Anaxag. p. 95. Lactant. de Fals. Sap. l. 3. c. 9.
F21 Plutarch, vol. 2. p. 1094.

Ecclesiastes 11:7 In-Context

5 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Ecclesiastes 7:11
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