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Ecclesiastes 9:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Go [then], eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Go, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Go thy way—eat, with gladness, thy food, and drink, with a happy heart, thy wine,—when already God is well pleased with thy works.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Go, eat with joy thy bread, and drink with a glad heart thy wine, for already hath God been pleased with thy works.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Go then, and eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness: because thy works please God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Goe thy way, eate thy bread with ioy, and drinke thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy workes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Go, eat thy bread with mirth, and drink thy wine with a joyful heart; for now God has favourably accepted thy works.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for Elohim now accepteth thy works.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Go x1980
(1980) Complement
הָלַךְ
halak
{haw-lak'}
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
thy way, y3212
[3212] Standard
יָלַך
yalak
{yaw-lak'}
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
eat 398
{0398} Prime
אָכַל
'akal
{aw-kal'}
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
thy bread 3899
{3899} Prime
לֶחֶם
lechem
{lekh'-em}
From H3898; food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it).
with joy, 8057
{8057} Prime
שִׂמְחָה
simchah
{sim-khaw'}
From H8056; blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival).
and drink 8354
{8354} Prime
שָׁתָה
shathah
{shaw-thaw'}
A primitive root; to imbibe (literally or figuratively).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
thy wine 3196
{3196} Prime
יַיִן
yayin
{yah'-yin}
From an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication.
with a merry 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
heart; 3820
{3820} Prime
לֵב
leb
{labe}
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
now 3528
{3528} Prime
כְּבָר
k@bar
{keb-awr'}
From H3527; properly extent of time, that is, a great while; hence long ago, formerly, hitherto.
accepteth 7521
{7521} Prime
רָצָה
ratsah
{raw-tsaw'}
A primitive root; to be pleased with; specifically to satisfy a debt.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
thy works. 4639
{4639} Prime
מַעֲשֶׂה
ma`aseh
{mah-as-eh'}
From H6213; an action (good or bad); generally a transaction; abstractly activity; by implication a product (specifically a poem) or (generally) property.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 9:7

_ _ Addressed to the “righteous wise,” spoken of in Ecclesiastes 9:1. Being “in the hand of God,” who now accepteth “thy works” in His service, as He has previously accepted thy person (Genesis 4:4), thou mayest “eat ... with a cheerful (not sensually ‘merry’) heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:13; Ecclesiastes 5:18; Acts 2:46).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 9:4-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 9:7

Go — Make this use of what I have said. Eat — Chearfully and thankfully enjoy thy comforts. Accepteth — Allows thee a comfortable enjoyment of his blessings.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ecclesiastes 9:7

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now (d) accepteth thy works.

(d) They flatter themselves to be in God's favour, because they have all things in abundance.

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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. ... For [God] giveth to a man that [is] good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to [him that is] good before God. This also [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
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. ... And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God.
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.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all [things].
Deuteronomy 12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
Deuteronomy 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that [is] within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.
Deuteronomy 16:14-15 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that [are] within thy gates. ... Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
1 Kings 8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.
1 Chronicles 16:1-3 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. ... And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon [of wine].
1 Chronicles 29:21-23 And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day, [even] a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, [and] a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel: ... Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.
2 Chronicles 30:23-27 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept [other] seven days with gladness. ... Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came [up] to his holy dwelling place, [even] unto heaven.
Nehemiah 8:10-12 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. ... And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

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: ... But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
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. ... And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
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Gn 4:4; 12:19. Ex 24:8. Dt 12:7, 12; 16:14. 1K 8:66. 1Ch 16:1; 29:21. 2Ch 30:23. Ne 8:10. Ec 2:24; 3:12; 5:18; 8:15; 10:19. Mk 7:29. Lk 11:41. Jn 4:50. Ac 10:35.

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