Ecclesiastes 10:2

Ecclesiastes 10:2

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

This is not a political verse in any way shape or form, not at all. Instead it is pointing to the reality that most people (90+ percent) are right handed. In fact many versions of this verse read as follows

The heart of a wise man is at his right hand: but the heart of a fool is at his left hand. GNV

However the hand is simply understood or assumed even when looking directly at the original interlinear in Hebrew, the translation includes hand which is not there.

Consider why the right hand is mentioned or assumed here.

The right hand is the chief and most common instrument of actions, which by most men are done with more strength, and expedition, and orderliness, and comeliness by their right hand than by their left. (Matthew Poole’s Commentary)

Poole continues about how the left hand is not at all useful or effectual to govern his affections and actions. He acts preposterously and foolishly, like one without heart, as it follows.

What if you or a loved one is left handed? Then the meaning with the word hand added in switches as long as the left is then trained for all that it has to do, just as the right is for those who are right handed. As Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible notes

the understanding and wisdom of men, as Aben Ezra observes; which, with a wise man, is ready at hand to direct and assist him in any affair; and which under the influence of it, he goes about with great readiness and dexterity, and performs it with great ease and facility, without sinister ends and selfish views; it inclines him to pursue the true way to honour, heaven, and happiness

To go to your weak untrained side is something the heart of the fool would seek to do time and time again. To go to your strong trained side and to do your best with your wisdom is one’s best choice.

It’s Monday, have a Great Week and remember God’s blessings each and every day.