Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 Solomon here is continuing the advice he began in Ecclesiastes 11:7 advising the importance of setting your life trajectory in youth.  It is so important to live in fear of God, knowing that He sees everything and that we will experience consequences for our behavior.  Solomon in this verse is not calling his readers … Read more

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10

Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 Life is an adventure and Solomon used two illustrations to make this point.  The first was a merchant sending out his ships (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2) in which faith is necessary. The merchant has no control over the circumstances. The ships face all kinds of perils, bad weather causing his ships to sink or they be … Read more

Ecclesiastes 11 Introduction

Ecclesiastes 11 – Is life worth living?” That was the question the Preacher raised when he began the discourse that we call Ecclesiastes. After experimenting and investigating “life under the sun,” he concluded, “No, life is not worth living!” He gave four arguments to support his conclusion: the monotony of life, the vanity of wisdom, … Read more

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20

Ecclesiastes 10:1 – Like some highly concentrated chemicals polluting a water supply, a little foolishness can contaminate and permeate every part of life.  Scripture speaks much about foolishness. ‘The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” ’ (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). Paul speaks about the ‘foolishness’ of the gospel, and says, ‘For the message … Read more

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18

Ecclesiastes 9:1 – Some describe the first part of Ecclesiastes 9 as the most pessimistic passage in the entire book. But it ends on an optimistic note, preparing us for the positive elements that follow in the next three chapters. In Ecclesiastes 9:1-6 Solomon reflects on all he has learned from his observations and they … Read more

Ecclesiastes 8:1-16

Ecclesiastes 8:1 In his study of the importance and value of wisdom Solomon lands on the major obstacle to wisdom and the fruit of wisdom and that is evil in the world. Faith in God  brings this problem to light because if there is no God, then the problem with the world is all on … Read more

Ecclesiastes 7:1-29

Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 Solomon next takes up the vanity of man’s wisdom (Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:17), and discuss whether or not wisdom can make life any better. Though wisdom can’t explain all or answer all of our questions, it is still a valuable in our journey in life. Ecclesiastes 7:1 is also found in Solomon’s proverbs: ‘A good name … Read more

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12

Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 This passage continues observations on the emptiness or vanity of materialism. Solomon is writing as a Believer who has pursued happiness and fulfillment apart from God and the difference it makes to live in the fear and reverence of God.  In these first two verses he lays down some important perspectives to have … Read more

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 Solomon now turns his attention to worship, an activity above the sun as opposed to his observations so far under the sun, that is in the human realm.  He is calling his readers not make that study meaningless. Solomon tells his readers to take time to prepare for worship.  How many of us … Read more

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 – This chapter primarily deals with the issues of the abuse and use of power and how we should react to it. Solomon returns to the issue of injustice that was dealt with in Ecclesiastes 3:16-17. In those verses he acknowledges that God will bring justice to the unjust and that all will … Read more