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Hope In Oppression — part 9 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

Hope in Oppression
by Ps Sam Powell
Ecclesiastes 7:7-14 (KJV)

Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.


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  1. E

    Verses 7 and 10 have been particularly part of our thinking on the scriptures lately. Oppression surely does “maketh mad,” and people readily agree, if the oppressed is a P.O.W. half way around the world. But say that the P.O.W is a woman in her own home and those same people would say you are the mad (“crazy”) one.

    Verse 10 has helped in the “taking every thought captive,” and not to be wishing for some perceived “good old days.” There are good times and tribulations in all ages.

    • Didn’t Ps Sam say in this sermon if you look back to the ‘good old days,’ remember what dentistry was like in those days!

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