I have known that all that God doth is to the age, to it nothing is to be added, and from it nothing is to be withdrawn; and God hath wrought that they do fear before Him.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I know that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever - לעולם leolam, for eternity; in reference to that grand consummation of men and things intimated in Ecclesiastes 3:11. God has produced no being that he intends ultimately to destroy. He made every thing in reference to eternity; and, however matter may be changed and refined, animal and intellectual beings shall not be deprived of their existence. The brute creation shall be restored, and all human spirits shall live for ever; the pure in a state of supreme and endless blessedness, the impure in a state of indestructible misery.
Nothing can be put to it - No new order of beings, whether animate or inanimate, can be produced. God will not create more; man cannot add.
Nor any thing taken from it - Nothing can be annihilated; no power but that which can create can destroy. And whatever he has done, he intended to be a means of impressing a just sense of his being, providence, mercy, and judgments, upon the souls of men. A proper consideration of God's works has a tendency to make man a religious creature; that is, to impress his mind with a sense of the existence of the Supreme Being, and the reverence that is due to him. In this sense the fear of God is frequently taken in Scripture. The Hebrew of this clause is strongly emphatic: והאלהים עשה שייראו מלפניו vehaelohim asah sheiyireu millephanaiv;
"And the gods he hath done, that they might fear from before his faces." Even the doctrine of the eternal Trinity in Unity may be collected from numberless appearances in nature. A consideration of the herb trefoil is said to have been the means of fully convincing the learned Erasmus of the truth of the assertion, These Three are One: and yet three distinct. He saw the same root, the same fibres, the same pulpy substance, the same membraneous covering, the same color, the same taste, the same smell, in every part; and yet the three leaves distinct: but each and all a continuation of the stem, and proceeding from the same root. Such a fact as this may at least illustrate the doctrine. An intelligent shepherd, whom he met upon the mountains, is said to have exhibited the herb, and the illustration while discoursing on certain difficulties in the Christian faith. When a child, I heard a learned man relate this fact.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psalm 119:90,91 Your faithfulness is to all generations: you have established the earth, and it stays...
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand...
Daniel 4:34,35 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me...
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Acts 4:28 For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.
Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss...
Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath shall you restrain.
Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
Proverbs 30:6 Add you not to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.
Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.
God doeth it
Psalm 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
Isaiah 59:18,19 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies...
Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you...
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