Ecclesiastes 9:7
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New International Version
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.

New Living Translation
So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!

English Standard Version
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

New American Standard Bible
Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.

King James Bible
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Go, eat your bread with pleasure, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart, for God has already accepted your works.

International Standard Version
Go ahead and enjoy your meals as you eat. Drink your wine with a joyful attitude, because God already has approved your actions.

NET Bible
Go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, because God has already approved your works.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Go, enjoy eating your food, and drink your wine cheerfully, because God has already accepted what you've done.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go, eat thy bread with joy and drink thy wine with a joyful heart that thy works might be acceptable unto God.

King James 2000 Bible
Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.

American King James Version
Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.

American Standard Version
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go then, and eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness: because thy works please God.

Darby Bible Translation
Go, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.

English Revised Version
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.

Webster's Bible Translation
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

World English Bible
Go your way--eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already accepted your works.

Young's Literal Translation
Go, eat with joy thy bread, and drink with a glad heart thy wine, for already hath God been pleased with thy works.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:4-10 The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Solomon exhorts the wise and pious to cheerful confidence in God, whatever their condition in life. The meanest morsel, coming from their Father's love, in answer to prayer, will have a peculiar relish. Not that we may set our hearts upon the delights of sense, but what God has given us we may use with wisdom. The joy here described, is the gladness of heart that springs from a sense of the Divine favour. This is the world of service, that to come is the world of recompence. All in their stations, may find some work to do. And above all, sinners have the salvation of their souls to seek after, believers have to prove their faith, adorn the gospel, glorify God, and serve their generation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7-12. - These verses give the application of the facts just mentioned. The inscrutability of the moral government of the world, the uncertainty of life, the condition of the dead, lead to the conclusion again that one should use one's life to the best advantage; and Koheleth repeats his caution concerning the issues and duration of life. Verse 7. - Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy. This is not an injunction to lead a selfish life of Epicurean pleasure; but taking the limited view to which he here confines himself, the Preacher inculcates the practical wisdom of looking at the bright side of things; he says in effect (though he takes care afterwards to correct a wrong impression which might be given)," Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die" (1 Corinthians 15:32). We have had the same counsel in Ecclesiastes 2:24; Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13, 22; Ecclesiastes 5:18; Ecclesiastes 8:15. Drink thy wine with a merry heart. Wine was not an accompaniment of meals usually; it -was reserved for feasts and solemn occasions. Bread and wine are here regarded as the necessary means of support and comfort (comp. Ecclesiastes 10:19; Genesis 14:18; 1 Samuel 16:20, etc.). The moderate use of wine is nowhere forbidden; there is no law in the Old Testament against the use of intoxicating drinks; the employment of such fluids as cordials, exhilarating, strengthening and comforting, is often referred to (comp. Judges 9:13; Psalm 104:15; Proverbs 31:6, 7; Ecclus. 31:27, 28). Thus Koheleth's advice, taken even literally, is not contrary to the spirit of his religion. For God now (long ago) accepteth thy works. The "works" are not moral or religious doings, in reward of which God gives temporal blessings, which is plainly opposed to Koheleth's chief contention in all this passage. The works are the eating and drinking just mentioned. By the constitution of man's nature, and by the ordering of Providence, such capacity of enjoyment is allowable, and there need be no scruple in using it. Such things are God's good gifts, and to be received with reverence and thanksgiving; and he who thus employs them is well-pleasing unto the Lord (Ecclesiastes 2:24; Ecclesiastes 8:15).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Go thy way,.... Thou righteous man, as Jarchi paraphrases it; and indeed epicures and voluptuous persons have no need of the following exhortation, and the reason annexed is not suitable to them; but the whole agrees better with religious persons, who under distressing views of Providence, and from gloomy and melancholy apprehensions of things, and mistaken notions of mortification, deny themselves the free and lawful use of the good things of life; and seeing there is no enjoyment of them in the grave, and after death, therefore let the following advice be taken, than which of worldly things nothing is better for a man to do;

eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; which includes all things necessary and convenient, and which should be used and enjoyed freely and cheerfully; not barely for refreshment, but recreation; not for necessity only, but for pleasure; yet with moderation, not to excess; and with thankfulness to God; and the rather joy and mirth should mix with these things, since to a good man they are in love. It may be observed that it is said "thy bread and thy wine", thine own and not another's; what is got by labour, and in an honest way, and not by rapine and oppression, as Alshech observes; what God in his providence gives, our daily food, what is convenient for us, or is our portion and allotment. The Targum interprets it figuratively of the joys of heaven;

"Solomon said, by a spirit of prophecy from the Lord, the Lord of the world will say to all the righteous, in the face of everyone, eat thy bread with joy, which is laid up for thee, for thy bread which thou hast given to the poor and needy that were hungry; and drink thy wine with a good heart, which is laid up for thee in paradise, for the wine which thou hast mingled for the poor and needy that were thirsty;''

see Matthew 25:34;

for God now accepteth thy works; both the persons of righteous and good men are accepted of God in Christ, and their works done in faith and love, and with a view to his glory; and since they are acceptable in his sight, as appears by his blessing on their labours, and bestowing the good things of life upon them, so it is well pleasing in his sight to make a free and cheerful use of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Addressed to the "righteous wise," spoken of in Ec 9:1. Being "in the hand of God," who now accepteth "thy works" in His service, as He has previously accepted thy person (Ge 4:4), thou mayest "eat … with a cheerful (not sensually 'merry') heart" (Ec 3:13; 5:18; Ac 2:46).

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Enjoy Your Portion in This Life
7Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works. 8Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:20
The priest shall then wave these before the LORD as a wave offering; they are holy and belong to the priest, together with the breast that was waved and the thigh that was presented. After that, the Nazirite may drink wine.

Ecclesiastes 2:24
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,

Ecclesiastes 7:14
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Ecclesiastes 8:15
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:8
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
Treasury of Scripture

Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.

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Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers …

Deuteronomy 12:7,12 And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice …

Deuteronomy 16:14,15 And you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your …

1 Kings 8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king…

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2 Chronicles 30:23-27 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and …

Nehemiah 8:10-12 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, …

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Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all …

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