Eccl 9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Eccl 9:4 [There is no exemption] but he who is joined to all the living has hope — for a living dog is better than a dead lion. AMP
We move on to the fourth certainty that Solomon identified in this first part of chapter nine. Let’s review: (1) God is sovereign; (2) death is certain; (3) insanity is in the heart; and today, (4) there is hope for the living. How refreshing that is! If you are alive, then you have hope. You can have hope because as Jesus said, “with God, all things are possible” (Matt 19:26), and “all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). There is a reason to hope because God can convert any hopeless circumstance—believe it. References to dogs in the scripture generally mean wild dogs, not the domesticated animals that live with many of us. They were filthy scavenger animals that roamed in packs devouring wastes and dead things. They may be nasty things but if they are alive, they are better off than a dead lion. You may be living a dog’s life, sick as a dog, dog-tired, and in the doghouse, but still there is hope! That is one of life’s certainties.