The Song of Fools: Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:5 (Excerpt)

Vanity of Vanities (cover)Ecclesiastes 7:5

It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools.

Solomon continues building his case that man must prepare for something important after this life. Paul would later write, “If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32). If life under the sun is futile (which Solomon has been explaining how it is) and we recognize this, what is there to live for? Many of those who refuse to look past this life will simply get as much enjoyment as they can out of life. These are the ones who “listen to the song of fools.” On the other hand, if we recognize that life here is futile and there is something better that awaits us, then we need to be sure we live in such a way that will bring us the reward. Therefore, we “listen to the rebuke of a wise man,” understanding the value of eliminating sin from our lives and following after the wisdom that comes from above.

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