Directed Toward the Right: Notes on Ecclesiastes 10:2 (Excerpt)

Vanity of Vanities (cover)Ecclesiastes 10:2

A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.

This translation suggests that the hearts of the wise and foolish men direct them in opposite directions. This is certainly true. However, the King James Version suggests a different meaning. It reads, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” The right hand is used throughout Scripture in a positive way, describing a position of blessing (Genesis 48:13-20), power (Exodus 15:6), strength (Psalm 20:6), and honor (Psalm 110:1). Pursuing wisdom leads to such things. Following after foolishness leads us away from them.

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