The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEcclesiastes 5:19
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth…
Which include the whole of a man's substance; all his estate, personal
and real; and all his goods and possessions, movable and immovable, as
gold, silver, cattle, fields, and farms; which are all the gift of God,
by whatsoever means they may be acquired or possessed;
and hath given him power;
or, "caused him to have dominion" F18, over
his wealth and riches, and not be a slave to them, as many are: but to
have so much command of them and of himself, as
to eat thereof;
comfortably enjoy them; and dispose of them to his own
good, the good of others, and the glory of God. It follows,
and to take his portion;
which God hath allotted him; to take it
thankfully, and use it freely and comfortably;
and to rejoice in his labour;
in the things he has been labouring for,
in a cheerful use of them; blessing God for them, and taking the
comfort of them;
this [is] the gift of God;
to have such power over his substance, and
not be a slave to it, and to enjoy the fruits of his labour, in a
cheerful and comfortable manner; this is as much the gift of God as
riches themselves F19.
F18 (wjylvh) "eumque dominari eum fecerit", Tigurine version;
"imperare fecit eum", Gejerus; "dominari eum fecerit", Rambachius.
F19 "Di tibi divitias dederunt, artemque fruendi", Horat. Ep. l. 1. Ep.
4. v. 7.