Ecclesiastes; Or the Preacher, with Notes by E H Plumptre

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 248 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...So Herodotus (v. 4) relates that the Trausi, a Thracian tribe, met on the birth of a child and bewailed the woes and sorrows which were its inevitable portion, while they buried their dead with joy and gladness, as believing that they were set free from evils and had entered on happiness, or at least on the unbroken rest of the eternal sleep. So Euripides, apparently with reference to this practice, of which he may well have heard at the court of Archelaus, writes in his Cresphontes, Ov tpvvra, Opiiveiv, ei's oV Ipxerai. Ko.ko.-Op 5' ai5 Oa.vbvTa. Ka.1 Trbvuv irena.vIi.h'cv "It were well done, comparing things aright, To wail the new-born child for all the ills On which he enters; and for him who dies And so has rest from labour, to rejoice And with glad words to bear him from his home." Strabo, who quotes the lines (xi. c. 12, p. 144), attributes the practice to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by 3 the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the 4 Asiatic nations, possibly to those who had come under the influence of that Buddhist teaching as to the vanity and misery of life of which even the partial pessimism of Koheleth may be as a far-off echo, 2. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting The customs of Jewish mourning must be borne in mind to appreciate the full force of the maxim. The lamentation lasting for seven (Ecclus. xxii. 10) or even for thirty, days, as in the case of Aaron (NTum. xx. 29), and Moses (Deut. xxiv. 8), the loud wailing of the hired mourners (Jer. xxii. iS; Matt. ix. 23;...

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