Monday, March 15, 2010

A great philosophy to follow

David Simmons'  sermon yesterday at Reedy River Baptist, a.k.a., "The River",  was most excellent.  He addressed the issue that most of us walk around with a frown, when we should be smiling.  How can we show people that God loves them if we look like we've been sucking on a lemon? We should be joyful in all things.  David took a text from the Old Testament as the basis for his sermon.  Ecclesiastes 8:15, from the court of Solomon, the King whom God blessed with great wisdom.  I have taken the liberty of sharing the main text from several versions, beginning with the King James Version.  It is interesting to see how various translations treat this verse.

Ecclesiastes 8:15


15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. – King James Bible


15 So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun. – New King James Version


15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. – New International Version


15 So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun. – New American Standard Version


15 Then I commended enjoyment, because a man has no better thing under the sun [without God] than to eat and to drink and to be joyful, for that will remain with him in his toil through the days of his life which God gives him under the sun. – Amplified Bible