The preacher sought to find acceptable words: and what was written was upright words of Truth.
These words were written by King Solomon. I’ve read this many times over the years and for some reason, I always think about preaching in front of King Solomon. No pressure there, the wisest man in all of the earth’s history.
He said the Preacher searched for his words carefully. But in truth Solomon was talking about himself. Solomon is the preacher in this story.
He wanted his words to be acceptable and upright before the Lord. Solomon is letting us know the importance of choosing our words carefully and speaking wisely.
In this book, he tries to paint a picture in your mind of the truth.
The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well driven nails, given by one shepherd.
Goads were sharp sticks used to drive cattle, in spoken terms, it is meant to provoke someone to thought. Well-driven nails mean they stick with your thoughts. The shepherd is your pastor.
Have you ever been in church and your pastor preaches something that just angers you? More than likely what he or she has just done is uncovered an area of your life that needs adjustment.
I remember when I was a young Christian in the Lord turning to my wife and saying, “Have you been talking to him about me?”
Why I was so upset. Now I know it was the Holy Spirit revealing to me some areas I needed to change.
And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making of many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
When you feel like you have had your toes stepped on by the pastor, take a moment and reflect, admonished means to warn, reprimand, or reprove. It’s like a yellow caution sign that lets you know to slow down before you reach the curve and wreck.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments. For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing. Whether Good or evil.
Ask Jesus to reveal you the matter in more detail, how do I correct this? So that He can bring the matter to a conclusion. Keeping God’s commandments is All, this means ‘whole’ as in your whole life.
He is: “Elohay Selichot”
“The God Who is Ready to Forgive”
References: Blackman Study Bible
100 Names of God
Mathew Henry Commentary