LXX Ecclesiastes 8:15


13 but it shall not be well with the ungodly, and he shall not prolong his days, which are as a shadow; forasmuch as he fears not before God. 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there are righteous persons to whom it happens according to the doing of the ungodly; and there are ungodly men, to whom it happens according to the doing of the just: I said, This is also vanity. 15 Then I praised mirth, because there is no good for a man under the sun, but to eat, and drink, and be merry: and this shall attend him in his labour all the days of his life, which God has given him under the sun. 16 Whereupon I set my heart to know wisdom, and to perceive the trouble that was wrought upon the earth: for there is that neither by day nor night sees sleep with his eyes.

Tobit 7:10


8 His wife Edna also wept for him, and their daughter Sarah likewise wept. 9 Then Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock and received them very warmly. When they had bathed and washed themselves and had reclined to dine, Tobias said to Raphael, "Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to give me my kinswoman Sarah." 10 But Raguel overheard it and said to the lad, "Eat and drink, and be merry tonight. For no one except you, brother, has the right to marry my daughter Sarah. Likewise I am not at liberty to give her to any other man than yourself, because you are my nearest relative. But let me explain to you the true situation more fully, my child.

 Notes and References

"... the average person’s assumption was that if anyone grew richer there was less overall for everyone else. Some might have still seen this as a sign of God’s blessing but, as with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, in a milieu with 70-80 percent of people just eking out a marginal existence, the rich man in this parable would have been expected to share generously from his surplus. As Bock phrases it, “Jesus’ story is intriguing in that this man’s additional wealth fell into his lap, he came by his wealth honestly because God’s provision and kindness blessed him and yet such blessing still can present a problem of stewardship.” The language of “eat, drink and be merry” (for tomorrow you may die) in Luke 12:19 would have been heard in the Greco-Roman world as a jab, whether or not justified, at Epicureanism. Key Jewish uses of this proverb appear in Ecclesiastes 8:15, Isaiah 22:13 and Tobit 7:10; see also 1 Corinthians 15:32. This rich man will not merely die tomorrow, but this very night! ..."

Blomberg, Craig L. Interpreting the Parables (p. 330) InterVarsity Press, 1990

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