16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
Solomon saw injustices in the place of judgment and had to acknowledge that sin was there. He concluded that it would take God, the righteous judge, to give absolute justice (Matt. 16:27).
This judgment of both the righteous and the wicked is most fair and just. Why would the righteous not be judged? How could God give them reward or loss of reward and if they were never judged for the good and bad things done in life? The popular theory that God will judge the righteous for their good deeds only, for the purpose of giving them reward, is false. Everybody, saints and sinners, are to be judged for the bad deeds committed in the body during a lifetime, as well as for the good things (Matt. 10:40-42; 16:27; Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:9-10).
A verse that has long spoken to me is Matthew 12:36. ” But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. ” So what is an idle word? Idle comes from the Greek argos, and it means a. free from labor, at leisure (ἀργὸν εἶναι, Matthew 20:3, 6; 1 Timothy 5:13.
b. lazy, shunning the labor which one ought to perform. (Blue Letter Bible)
When do we get into the most trouble with what we say? When we are idle, lazy, not occupied with that which we ought to be doing. It also carries the meaning of emptiness, which is certainly applicable to our study in Ecclesiastes.