You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold,
When David went home to pronounce a blessing on his own house, 1 Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to meet him. 2 She said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished 3 himself this day! He has exposed himself today before his servants’ slave girls the way a vulgar fool 4 might do!”
David felt guilty 1 after he had numbered the army. David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly by doing this! Now, O Lord, please remove the guilt of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
When its branches get brittle, 1 they break; women come and use them for kindling. 2 For these people lack understanding, 3 therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them; the one who formed them has no mercy on them.
“Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 1 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 2 from these worthless 3 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 4 the sea, and everything that is in them.
Also some of the Epicurean 1 and Stoic 2 philosophers were conversing 3 with him, and some were asking, 4 “What does this foolish babbler 5 want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 6 (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 7
I am willing to shame and humiliate myself even more than this! 1 But with the slave girls whom you mentioned let me be distinguished!”
This happened because of all the sins which Baasha and his son Elah committed and which they made Israel commit. They angered the Lord God of Israel with their worthless idols. 1
For the music director; according to the machalath style; 2 a well-written song 3 by David. Fools say to themselves, 4 “There is no God.” 5 They sin and commit evil deeds; 6 none of them does what is right. 7
So I thought to myself, “The fate of the fool will happen even to me! 1 Then what did I gain by becoming so excessively 2 wise?” 3 So I lamented to myself, 4 “The benefits of wisdom 5 are ultimately 6 meaningless!”
For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; however, he must hand over 1 the fruit of his labor 2 as an inheritance 3 to someone else who did not work for it. This also is futile, and an awful injustice! 4