Ecclesiastes 7:15

15 I have seen everything during my 1lifetime of futility; there is 2a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is 3a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 7:15 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:15

All [things] have I seen in the days of my vanity
Or, "all these things" F21. What goes before and follows after, the various changes men are subject unto, both good and bad; these he had made his observations upon, throughout the course of his life, which had been a vain one, as every man's is, full of evil and trouble; see ( Ecclesiastes 6:12 ) ; perhaps the wise man may have some respect to the times of his apostasy; and which might, among other things, be brought on by this; observing good men afflicted, and the wicked prosper, which has often been a stumbling to good men; there is a just [man] that perisheth in his righteousness;
not eternally; no truly just man ever perished, who is made so by the righteousness of Christ imputed to him; for though the righteous man is said to be scarcely saved, yet he is certainly saved: it can be true only in this sense of one that is only outwardly righteous, that trusts to his own righteousness, in which he may perish; but this is to be understood temporally and corporeally; one that is really just may perish in his name, in his substance, as well as at death, and that on account of his righteousness; he may lose his good name and character, and his substance, for righteousness's sake; yea, his life also, as Abel, Naboth, and others; this is the case "sometimes", as Aben Ezra observes, not always: or a just man, notwithstanding his righteousness, dies, and sometimes lives but a short time; which sense the antithesis seems to require; and there is a wicked [man] that prolongeth [his life] in his
is very wicked, and yet, notwithstanding his great wickedness, lives a long time in the world; see ( Job 21:7 ) .


F21 (lk ta) "illa omnia", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Tigurine version, Gejerus; "omnia haec", Mercerus; "universa haec", Rambachius.

Ecclesiastes 7:15 In-Context

13 Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?
14 In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider - God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.
15 I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.
16 Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?
17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

Cross References 3

  • 1. Ecclesiastes 6:12; Ecclesiastes 9:9
  • 2. Ecclesiastes 8:14
  • 3. Ecclesiastes 8:12, 13

Footnotes 1

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