Summary: A lesson in hermeneutics relating to Ecclesiastes and other texts.


H. ANTHROPOMORPHISMS which speak of God=s guiding His people

(Psa 32:8 NIV) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

(Psa 73:23 NIV) Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

(Psa 73:24 NIV) You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

(Isa 42:6 NIV) "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,

(Heb 8:9 NIV) It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.

I. ANTHROPOMORPHISMS which speak of God=s answering prayer

(Psa 34:15 NIV) The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;

(Psa 135:13 NIV) Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, through all generations.

(Psa 135:14 NIV) For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.

(Psa 135:15 NIV) The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

(Psa 135:16 NIV) They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see;

(Psa 135:17 NIV) they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths.

(Psa 144:7 NIV) Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners

(2 Chr 6:40 NIV) "Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

(Psa 17:6 NIV) I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.

(Psa 31:2 NIV) Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

(Neh 1:6 NIV) let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you.

J. ANTHROPOMORPHISMS which speak of God=s loving and of God=s remembering His people

(Num 6:25 NIV) the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

(Psa 104:28 NIV) When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

(Psa 145:15 NIV) The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.

(Psa 145:16 NIV) You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

(Job 9:4 NIV) His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

(Isa 49:15 NIV) "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

(Isa 49:16 NIV) See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

(Isa 54:1 NIV) "Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband," says the LORD.

(Isa 54:2 NIV) "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

(Isa 54:3 NIV) For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

(Isa 54:4 NIV) "Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

(Isa 54:5 NIV) For your Maker is your husband?? the LORD Almighty is his name?? the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

(Isa 54:6 NIV) The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit?? a wife who married young, only to be rejected," says your God.

(Isa 54:7 NIV) "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.

(Isa 54:8 NIV) In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer.

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