Ecclesiastes 1:5
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English Standard Version
The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.

King James Bible
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

American Standard Version
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sun riseth, and goeth down, and returneth to his place: and there rising again,

English Revised Version
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he ariseth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sun also riseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

What now follows is not a continuation of the husband's words of praise (Ewald, Elster, Lwenstein), but an epiphonema auctoris (Schultens); the poet confirms the praise of the husband by referring it to the general ground of its reason:

30 ש Grace is deceit; and beauty, vanity -

        A wife that feareth Jahve, she shall be praised.

Grace is deceit, because he who estimates the works of a wife merely by the loveliness of her external appearance, is deceived by it; and beauty is vanity, vanitas, because it is nothing that remains, nothing that is real, but is subject to the law of all material things - transitoriness. The true value of a wife is measured only by that which is enduring, according to the moral background of its external appearance; according to the piety which makes itself manifest when the beauty of bodily form has faded away, in a beauty which is attractive.

(Note: Vid., the application of Proverbs 31:30 in Taanith 26b: "Young man," say the maidens, "lift up thine eyes and behold that which thou choosest for thyself! Direct thine eyes not to beauty (נוי), direct thine eyes to the family (משׁפחה); pleasantness is a deception, etc.")

יראת (with Makkeph following),

(Note: The writing יראת־ is that of Ben Asher, יראת that of Ben Naphtali; Norzi, from a misunderstanding, claims יראת־ (with Gaja) as Ben Asher's manner of writing.)

is here the connective form of יראה (fem. of ירא). The Hithpa. תתהלּל is here manifestly (Proverbs 27:2) not reflexive, but representative of the passive (cf. Proverbs 12:8, and the frequently occurring מהלּל, laudatus equals laudandus), nowhere occurring except in the passage before us. In itself the fut. may also mean: she will be praised equals is worthy of praise, but the jussive rendering (Luther: Let her be praised) is recommended by the verse which follows:

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sun

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Psalm 19:4-6 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun...

Psalm 89:36,37 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me...

Psalm 104:19-23 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows his going down...

Jeremiah 33:20 Thus said the LORD; If you can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night...

hasteth

Joshua 10:13,14 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves on their enemies...

Psalm 42:1 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God.

Habakkuk 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of your arrows they went, and at the shining of your glittering spear.

Cross References
Psalm 19:6
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Proverbs 7:23
till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.

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