Better to the godly, in regard, first, Of sin, which shall then be wholly sub dued, Rom. 6:7; 1 Cor. 15:26. If sin continued after death, death were not the last enemy. But in birth we are born in sin, Ps. 51:5; children of wrath Eph. 2:3. Yea, new birth leaveth much corruption still in us; we are born in sin, but we die in the Lord, Rev. 14:13; 1 Thes. 4:14. Secondly, O misery, which attendeth birth, Job 14:1, and 5:7. But death is a haven of rest after a sea of troublesome agitation and misery, Job 3:13, 14, 21, 22; Rev 14:13. Thirdly, Of grace, which will then be perfected, Heb. 12:23; 1 Cor. 13:12; Jude 24; Eph 5:27. Death is accounted an enemy to nature, but is a friend to grace; we are born unclean, Job 25:4; John 3:6, but we die perfect. Fourthly, Of glory. Birth is the seed-time of corruption, Gal. 6:8; death is the seed-time of incorruption and glory, 1 Cor. 15:36, 42–44. Birth putteth us into the hands of midwives and other weak women; death into the hands of the glorious and mighty angels, Luke 16:22. Birth bringeth us forth into a valley of tears; death into our Master’s joy, Mat. 25:21. Birth into an estate of absence from the Lord, 2 Cor. 5:6; death bringeth us into his presence, 1 Thes. 4:17; 1 John 3:2. Birth bringeth us to labour, Job. 5:7; death to rest, Rev. 14:13, even Sabbath rest. Birth bringeth us into a larger and fairer world than our mother’s womb; but death into a larger and fairer than this. The starry roof of this world is but the pavement of that.
A Brief Exposition With Practical Observations on the Whole Book of Ecclesiastes