Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
That the race
Next, I decided to consider wisdom, as well as foolish behavior and ideas. For what more can the king's successor do than what the king has already done?
So I again considered all the oppression that continually occurs on earth. This is what I saw: The oppressed were in tears, but no one was comforting them; no one delivers them from the power of their oppressors.
Then once more you will see that I make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.
That the race
1 Samuel 17:50
David prevailed over the Philistine with just the sling and the stone. He struck down the Philistine and killed him. David did not even have a sword in his hand.
2 Samuel 2:18
The three sons of Zeruiah were there -- Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. (Now Asahel was as quick on his feet as one of the gazelles in the field.)
2 Samuel 17:14
Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite sounds better than the advice of Ahithophel." Now the Lord had decided to frustrate the sound advice of Ahithophel, so that the Lord could bring disaster on Absalom.
No king is delivered by his vast army; a warrior is not saved by his great might.
Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing.
He is not enamored with the strength of a horse, nor is he impressed by the warrior's strong legs.
The Lord says, "Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich.
But even the swiftest cannot get away. Even the strongest cannot escape. There in the north by the Euphrates River they stumble and fall in defeat.
Fast runners will find no place to hide; strong men will have no strength left; warriors will not be able to save their lives.
The wise man can see where he is going, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I also realized that the same fate happens to them both.
I also know that whatever God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken away from it. God has made it this way, so that men will fear him.
Consider the work of God: For who can make straight what he has bent?
1 Samuel 2:3
Don't keep speaking so arrogantly, letting proud talk come out of your mouth! For the Lord is a God who knows; he evaluates what people do.
he sets the lowly on high, that those who mourn are raised to safety.
But if God is quiet, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, then who can see him? Yet he is over the individual and the nation alike,
There is no wisdom and there is no understanding, and there is no counsel against the Lord.
(Mem) Whose command was ever fulfilled unless the Lord decreed it?
All the inhabitants of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he wishes with the army of heaven and with those who inhabit the earth. No one slaps his hand and says to him, 'What have you done?'
In Christ we too have been claimed as God's own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will
This is what I also observed about wisdom on earth, and it is a great burden to me:
Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble.
By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself; you have amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.