Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. ~Ecclesiastes 9:7, NIV
This verse from Ecclesiastes sounds simply amazing! I serve a God who wants to see me enjoying my life and time on this earth! God sees my labor and approves of joyful moments to relax and savor good food and drink!
Eat, Drink, and be Merry
While some verses in the Bible seem self-explanatory “eat, drink, and be merry” other verses in the Bible might prove to be a bit more tricky to understand.
Have you ever read something that you didn’t fully comprehend? Did you reread the passage over a second time and maybe even a third looking for more insight but still struggled to grasp the concept?
When I was studying for the Series 7 Exam, I found most of the information was easy to understand and apply. However, there were some topics that completely baffled me no matter how many times I read the text and tried to understand the material.
I decided it would be helpful to purchase an additional study guide that presented the same material, only written in a different translation. By adding additional sources to my normal study plan I was able to understand some of the more difficult concepts and work through the problems with a higher success rate.
Once I experienced the added benefits of cross referencing material and reviewing different translations, I shared them with others who were also studying for big exams.
The Bible has how many Translations? An Entire Spectrum!
Did you know there are many different translations of scripture? Just google a Bible verse and you can find an entire spectrum.
There is the New International Version which is what I grew up on. The Kings James Version, which my grandparents grew up reading. In my 20’s I gravitated towards the The Message and I recently read there is now an emoji Bible!!!
📖 of Genesis… 😇 called the 💡🌤 & the darkness he called 🌠.
Today, for Translation Tuesday I want to share just a few different translations of Ecclesiastes 9:7.
King James Bible
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Contemporary English Version
So be happy and enjoy eating and drinking! God decided long ago that this is what you should do.
New Living Translation
So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!
In every translation this verse has a similar message. When I want to go deeper, I will also look for additional scripture in other parts of the Bible on the same subject. For example:
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 says,
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God…
Ecclesiastes 8:15 has a very similar message:
So I commended the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be merry. For this joy will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun.
The message which has been on repeat several times throughout the book of Ecclesiastes rings clear! Our days are numbered and God wants us to enjoy the toil and labor of our hands by eating and drinking with glad hearts in His presence.
➡️ 🍔 with 😀 and drink 🍷with a 😊❤ as ✝️ approves. 🙏
Praying the Word:
Lord God, thank you for the many ways I can study Your word and learn new things about You. Teach me to love wisdom and become a skilled truth seeker.