Some Loving Advice For the Depressed from Ecclesiastes

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I love the book of Ecclesiastes, and I just wanted to share these little passages without putting my own explanation in with them. It’s all pretty straightforward:

Ecclesiastes 11:7-10

7 Light is sweet,

and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

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.

9 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young,

and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.

Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes,

but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.

10 So banish sorrow from your heart,

and cast off pain from your body,

for youth and vigor are fleeting.

 

Ecclesiastes 8:15

 

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 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 9:7-10

 

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

8 “Let your garments always be white,

and never spare the oil for your head.”

9 Enjoy life with your beloved wife all the days of the fleeting life which has been given to you under the sun—all your fleeting days. For this is your portion in life and in your labor under the sun. 10 Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

 

That is all!

Love,

Savvy

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