7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
7 Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes - God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
7 Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works.
7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:7
Commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:4-10
(Read Ecclesiastes 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.