Ecclesiastes "All The Daughters Of Music Shall Be Brought Low"

"All The Daughters Of Music Shall Be Brought Low"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The writer, who calls himself "the Preacher" and who presents his philosophy in the words "vanity of vanities; all is vanity," cites the futility of life. Wisdom, wealth, pleasure, hopes, desires, and labor–all lead to the grave. Because of the prosperity of the wicked and the suffering of the righteous and his inability to understand the ways of God, he laments the certainty of the grave. He declares that the young should rejoice while they can, for old age brings infirmity–the loss of the senses and bodily functions. To failing ears, music is soft and hard to hear. To the weakened body, everything becomes a burden. The mourners await the end of life, here symbolized probably by the breaking of the golden lamp of life (held by a silver cord) and the water pitcher and wheel:

. . . and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
. . . and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.