Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ecclesiastes 4:9...Question 29

Ecclesiastes 4:9 "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour."

QUESTION 29:

What is the reasoning here?  What is the reward to which the author refers?

7 comments:

  1. This is clearly referring to a sack race, both people have their leg in a sack and if they win, they win together.

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    1. But it's also implying they get more from working together. I was thinking it might have to do with being able to pick each other up when one falls but that it might mean even more than that. It might also mean that two people can tackle even more difficult things than one person alone.

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    2. I was just joking... but I do agree with what you said.

      Did you see my source?

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    3. That's funny. I completely didn't see the "source" this first time around.

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  2. The importance of teamwork has never been more important than today. Lowlander society emphasizes personal self-worth, individualism, and self-gratification. Thank God HE didn't value those things, else He would have never created us, or upon our sin would have destroyed us.

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  3. Another odd thing that pricks at my brain when I read this is that there is a difference in the number of companions. vv.9-11 and even the beginning of v.12 have two companions but the thought ends in three. First, its like he's saying "If two offer all these advantages, how much more will three?" Second, it is directly applicable to the rule of three that we see throughout halakha (Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15; Matthew 18:16; Hebrews 10:28). Third, and more of a sod than a remez or a derash application is the reference to the Trinity and it's phenomenal, unconquerable strength.

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    1. Wow, these are some great insights. I'm going to explore this some more today and try to learn more about the significance of the numbers.

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