Ecclesiastes 9:7
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.

Berean Study Bible
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart, for God has already approved your works:

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
So be happy and enjoy eating and drinking! God decided long ago that this is what you should do.

Good News Translation
Go ahead--eat your food and be happy; drink your wine and be cheerful. It's all right with God.

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.

New Heart 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.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, And drink thy wine with a merry heart; For God hath already accepted thy works.

New American Standard 1977
Go then, eat your bread in happiness, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Go, eat thy bread with mirth, and drink thy wine with a joyful heart; for now God has favourably 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.
Study Bible
Enjoy Your Portion in This Life
7Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart, for God has already approved your works: 8“Let your clothes always be white, and never spare the oil for your head.”…
Cross References
Numbers 6:20
The priest shall then wave them as a wave offering before the LORD. This is a holy portion for the priest, in addition to the breast of the wave offering and the thigh that was presented. After that, the Nazirite may drink wine.

Ecclesiastes 2:24
Nothing is better for man than to eat and drink and enjoy his work. I have also seen that this is from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 7:14
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider this: God has made one of these along with the other, so that a man cannot discover anything that will come after him.

Ecclesiastes 8:15
So I commended the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be merry. For this joy will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:8
So if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is futile.

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.

go

Genesis 12:19
Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

Mark 7:29
And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

John 4:50
Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

eat

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God…

Ecclesiastes 3:12,13
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life…

Ecclesiastes 5:18
Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.

for

Genesis 4:4,5
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: …

Exodus 24:8-11
And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words…

Luke 11:41
But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.







Lexicon
Go,
לֵ֣ךְ (lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

eat
אֱכֹ֤ל (’ĕ·ḵōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

your bread
לַחְמֶ֔ךָ (laḥ·me·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

with joy,
בְּשִׂמְחָה֙ (bə·śim·ḥāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

and drink
וּֽשֲׁתֵ֥ה (ū·šă·ṯêh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8354: To imbibe

your wine
יֵינֶ֑ךָ (yê·ne·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3196: Wine, intoxication

with a cheerful
ט֖וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

heart,
בְלֶב־ (ḇə·leḇ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

for
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

God
הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

has already
כְבָ֔ר (ḵə·ḇār)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3528: Extent of time, a great while, long ago, formerly, hitherto

approved
רָצָ֥ה (rā·ṣāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7521: To be pleased with, to satisfy a, debt

your works:
מַעֲשֶֽׂיךָ׃ (ma·‘ă·śe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property
(7) Accepteth.--The thought has been expressed before (Ecclesiastes 2:24; Ecclesiastes 8:15), that earthly enjoyment is to be received as given by God's favour.

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). 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.
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