Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Noah was an upright man and without sin in his generation: he went in the ways of God. Or what great nation has statutes and judgments so righteous (upright, just) as this whole law which I am placing before you today? Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes.” New American Standard Bible Behold, I have found only this, that God made people upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” NASB 1995 Some Christians have a habit of framing religious scriptures out of their boundaries so as to exclude themselves or others into being seen as the subject matter the scripture was intended for. Erect perpendicular to the plane of the horizon as an upright tree an upright post. And in the morning he went out and, stopping, said to all the people there, You are upright men: it is true that I made designs against my master, and put him to death; but who is responsible for the death of all these? I believe this is Holy Spirit inspired understanding of this verse. I’ve found by experience that my understanding of this passage in Ecclesiastes is consistent with Scripture’s high view of women in general . Noah was an upright man and without sin in his generation: he went in the ways of God. What then does upright mean in this context? Thanks for your comments. Also, song of Solomon could be speaking of abishag I have heard people say. יׇּשׇׁר ‎; transliteration: sēfer hayyāšār), which means the Book of the Upright or the Book of the Just Man is a non-canonical book mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.The translation "Book of the Just Man" is the traditional Greek and Latin translation, while the transliterated form … The God of Israel said, the word of the Rock of Israel came to me: When an upright king is ruling over men, when he is ruling in the fear of God. The upright man also has the courage to speak the truth, even in his inmost being. What the writer of the above comment was saying is that something was bothering him about this passage but that he was able to make sense of it once he read my post. Although we don’t know who this woman was, she could have been the daughter of Pharaoh (1 Kings 3:1). 'I, also, far be it from me to sin against Jehovah, by ceasing to pray for you, and I have directed you in the good and upright way; He said to David, “You are more righteous and upright [in God’s eyes] than I; for you have done good to me, but I have done evil to you. 19 Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his patience to the test. Perpendicular erection. In China’s later Han era, there lived a politician called Yang Zhen, a man known for his upright character. She could be the “one that got away”. 2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. The difficulties are foolishness/surface level living (vv. And do what is upright and good in the eyes of the Lord your God, so that it may be well for you and you may go in and take for your heritage that good land from which the Lord undertook by an oath to your fathers. Learn how your comment data is processed. Solomon concluded this portion of Ecclesiastes with these words: This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes (Eccl. 1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. (Let me be measured in upright scales, and let God see my righteousness:). – Matthew 13:24-40, Could the parable of the thief coming in the night be a warning to Christians? Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. What is man, that he may be clean? Honesty; integrity in principle or practice; conformity to rectitude and justice in social dealings. Neither Solomon nor his father David should be much admired by Christians. So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.”. Your believe is wrong. For all who do such things, and all whose ways are not upright, are disgusting to the Lord your God. But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the … I believe he was a spoiled brat. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. Read scripture with a simple heart of faith not clouded with preconceived ideas. Just like Jesus’ humble background is not used to disqualify His legitimacy. My words come from my upright heart,and my lips speak with sincerity what they know. Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment,Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. But I don’t admire him at all. If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do? 1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil. How about Matthew 19:30 applied to Solomon by Jesus‘ own words. “If there is an angel as a mediator for him,One out of a thousand,To explain to a man what is right for him [that is, how to be in right standing with God]. More than this, Manasseh took the lives of upright men, till Jerusalem from one end to the other was full of blood; in addition to his sin in making Judah do evil in the eyes of the Lord. The problem that Solomon may have had with regards to women is that he was not satisfied with having just one in his life. “Upright man,” Ovid verses, “made in image of commanding Gods,” alone has rectitude to gaze at heaven: “On earth the brute creation bends its gaze, but man was given a lofty countenance” and “commanded to behold the skies” so he “with an upright face may view the stars.” As with the Psalms, so also here moral … When Judah recognized them, he admitted, "She is more upright than I, because I never did give her my son Shelah." “Perturbed” means “unsettled.” Sometimes we read God’s Word and find what we read unsettling; sometimes we find it confusing; sometimes it doesn’t make sense; sometimes we don’t understand it. The same could not be said to be true regarding the thousand women he gathered into his harem. and she herself said, He is my brother: with an upright heart and clean hands have I done this. Change ). He certainly did not consider the woman he was writing about in that book to be amoral or of questionable character. As we grow older and our lives, bodies, and circumstances change, we need to adapt to those changes and reject the notion that “changing models” or “adding to the harem” is somehow better than living in a committed and meaningful way with the spouse we already have. What would Solomon have done differently if he had an opportunity for a do-over in this area of his life? He also advised this is Proverbs 5:18-19: May your fountain be blessed and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. SEE IT AS IT IS. 1. up and right. —22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good … He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. CHAPTER 1. that is all. 9 With his mouth the evil man sends destruction on his neighbour; but through knowledge the upright are taken out of trouble. A loving doe, and a graceful deer — may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. That’s my understanding of this passage and its implications, at least as I see it today. Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. They are urging men and women who are married to be satisfied with the spouse they have and to quit looking elsewhere for fulfillment in this area of their lives. He had everything and then some. Amplified Bible The Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered and reflected on My servant Job? I don’t believe I’m putting words into Solomon’s mouth. “While I was still searching but not finding — I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them (Ecclesiastes 7:28, NIV).”. I can see that he is very wise in many of his statements . If then you have done what is true and upright to Jerubbaal and his family this day, may you have joy in Abimelech, and may he have joy in you; Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. After Yang Zhen was made a provincial governor, one of his earlier patrons, Wang Mi, paid him an unexpected visit. So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes [and could not be persuaded otherwise by them]. You are not to be moved in your judging by a man's position, you are not to take rewards; for rewards make the eyes of the wise man blind, and the decisions of the upright false. Better have God's approbation, than the world's acclamation. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Women are inherently amoral. He eventually had a harem that totaled one thousand. I think whoever she is, she does not have to be included in the 1000. Then an upright man could reason with Him,and I would escape from my Judge forever. On the surface it appears that Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, … What the Bible says about "upright": ... With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you with all your household, for you [alone] I have seen as righteous (doing what is right) before Me in this generation. I would disagree that Solomon is talking about himself. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. Who has counted the dust of Jacobor numbered the dust clouds of Israel?Let me die the death of the upright;let the end of my life be like theirs. UPRIGHT, a. upri'te or up'rite. Bible Concordance: "upright" Word "upright" found in 64 verse(s), 34 chapter(s) and 16 book(s). 7 At the death of an upright man his hope does not come to an end, but the hope of the evil-doer comes to destruction. All of them worshipped other gods. For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You];You surround him with favor as with a shield. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. pertubed as if God’s word was supposed to agree with your thoughts on what it should be in our world…..so you were mad at GOD cause you did not like his word. It seems he could be saying that finding an upright (righteous in character) man (friend, trusted servant, etc) was very rare (1 in a 1000) according to his personal experience, but finding a righteous wife was something incredibly more rare in his personal experience (0 out of 1000). I’m just offering my opinion about what Solomon might have been referring to, not saying that it has to be understood this way. 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For though I were righteous, I could not answer.I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge. They stood upright, facing inward. Isaiah 57:2 - He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, [each one] … "Now as for you, if you commune with me like your father did, with an upright heart of integrity and doing everything that I've commanded you and keeping my statutes and ordinances. The first thing to note is that Solomon seems to have had at least one woman in his life who he deeply loved and respected. The focus of Proverbs 5:18-19 is what to do if you are attracted to the charms of a person other than your own spouse. He’s saying things as they are. You are to make judges and overseers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, for every tribe: and they are to be upright men, judging the people in righteousness. His eyes are ever on the upright, and he gives to the crushed their right; “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous [those in right standing with Him];But with kings upon the throneHe has seated them forever, and they are exalted. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with what is right. These are the generations of Noah. The mistake I believe many make at this point is bringing a New Testament understanding of uprightness into the passage and equating upright with being righteous. I’ve got to admit that the above verse may be one of the most perplexing in the entire Bible. The Song of Songs, probably written by Solomon early in his life, is a vivid and wonderful expression of the longing he felt for this one woman. I don’t think he was saying, “I found one upright man, me, among a thousand men,” however. – Matthew 24:42-44, Three things that must happen before Jesus returns: Matthew 23:37-39; Matthew 24:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3. I thought your applications were great and loved that you thought to reconcile ecc 7:28 with song of songs and proverbs. And Solomon said, Great was your mercy to David my father, as his life before you was true and upright and his heart was true to you; and you have kept for him this greatest mercy, a son to take his place this day. Solomon’s background is not meant for us to disqualify his teachings of wisdom. ( Log Out /  ‘Can anything good come out of Bethlehem’? on StudyLight.org As they talked over old times, Wang Mi brought out a large gold cup and presented it to Yang Zhen. What is apparent is that Solomon had a very high opinion this woman and was totally enamored by her beauty and her charms. Solomon is simply saying I had 1000 women and they were all corrupt, so be on guard. He considered her beautiful and deeply desired to share his love with her. You’re dead wrong. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things. Does God give wrong decisions? You are to be upright in heart before the Lord your God. Upright (392 Occurrences) Matthew 1:19 And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately. and he saith to teach the sons of Judah 'The Bow;' lo, it is written on the book of the Upright: --. Thanks for commenting. I think he would have stopped at one. Is the premise of the “Before the Wrath” DVD biblical? The three accounts of the return of Jesus in the Book of Revelation. Solomon may have been an upright man at one point in his life. Warning to Christians: We may be here for the duration! 1 There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. I’ve even heard a number of sermons over the years that were consistent with this understanding of the passage;  that men are somehow more upright than women, perhaps because it was Eve who was first tempted by Satan in the Garden of Eden. “While I was still searching but not finding — I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them (Ecclesiastes 7:28, NIV).” I’ve got to admit that the above verse may be one of the most perplexing in the entire Bible. So, in the context, if I have a correct breakdown, Solomon is describing the pitfalls of living an honorable life which brings a good reputation. One upright man among a thousand, but no upright woman. 3 He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five … Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. – Ecclesiastes 7:28, What the two or three coming together in Jesus’ name must do if they want Jesus to be with them – Matthew 18:20, Don’t Presume to be a Teacher – James 3:1, Not every prayer offered in faith may be effective; but which ones always will – James 5:15. Who are the rightful heirs of the land of Israel? Solomon may have been sharing his feelings about this in Ecclesiastes 7:25-26: So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly. upright man is one whom God thinks highly of. I believe my understanding of this passage is consistent with his background and that it’s this that provides the context for what he wrote. Chapter 7 begins with the wisdom of a “good name” being better than precious ointment. – Matthew 24:42-44, Jesus’ return will be visible to everyone – Matthew 24:1-30 and Luke 21:5-28, When Jesus returns, it won’t be Christians who are “taken away” – Matthew 24:36-41, Three things that must happen before Jesus returns – Matthew 23:37-39; Matthew 24:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3, The Church may not be the Bride of Christ – Revelation 19:6-9, The Mark of the Beast may be a concern only for Christians – Revelation 13:11-17, Train up a child according to his way – But whose way is “his” way? And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the … There is no hypocrisy in the upright. Job and His Family. I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. 1. They seek pleasure and resources. In the words there are three parts: 1 There was a man in the land of a Uz whose name was b Job, and that man was c blameless and upright, one who d feared God and e turned away from evil. 19 1 Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are twisted.. 2 Further, without knowledge desire is not good; and he who is over-quick in acting goes out of the right way.. 3 By his foolish behaviour a man's ways are turned upside down, and his heart is bitter against the Lord.. 4 Wealth makes a great number of friends; but the poor man … And he never had sex with her again. And because of the death of those who had done no wrong, for he made Jerusalem full of the blood of the upright; and the Lord had no forgiveness for it. – Matthew 13:24-40. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five. Did he not say to me himself, She is my sister? How powerful have been upright sayings, And what doth reproof from you reprove? The plainer the diamond is—the richer; the more plain the heart is—the more it shines in God's eyes. Take no rewards in a cause: for rewards make blind those who have eyes to see, and make the decisions of the upright false. Is not your fear of God your support, and your upright way of life your hope? “Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his ways,And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Was pretty pertubed by this verse and was quite grateful to find a cogent and accessible explanation! (DBY) … But that’s why I’ve titled my blog, “As I see it today,” as others may differ in their understanding of this and the other passages I’ve commented on. So, either we’ve got the author wrong on one of these books or these are ways to reconcile that they were all written by Solomon…which I think is most probable. 28 The hope of the upright man will give joy, but the waiting of the evil-doer will have its end in sorrow. The Lord puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but he has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts. Job 1 Revised Standard Version (RSV) Job and His Family. Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite. I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn. ( Log Out /  I think that’s a bit contradictory. If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? 1:3),” and not the result of that decision. “ many that are first will be last, and the last will be first “. ( Log Out /  Of course I could be wrong about this. 3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man … or how may he be clean who is a son of woman? Serve courageously, and the LORD will be with the upright.". With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; KJV. For he took away the altars of strange gods and the high places, and had the upright stones broken and the wood pillars cut down; Take notice, please, that Amariah the Chief Priest is presiding over all cases that pertain to the LORD, Ishmael's son Zebadiah is presiding as ruler of the household of Judah with respect to all cases that pertain to the national government, and the descendants of Levi will preside over your other civil cases. And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. For they made high places and upright stones and wood pillars on every high hill and under every green tree; Take the best and most upright of your master's sons, and make him king in his father's place, and put up a fight for your master's family. 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