Bible Studies: The Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 11:1–6: You Never Know!

Ecclesiastes 11:1–6: You Never Know!

Although everything is vanity under the sun, the Preacher does not want us to use this world’s vanity as a justification for passivity or inaction. In unsettling uncertainty, take appropriate action. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 11:1–6)

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Ecclesiastes 10:1–20: The Destructiveness of Folly

Ecclesiastes 10:1–20: The Destructiveness of Folly

Download Complete PDF Now Introduction In the second half of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher has been building a positive vision for life under the sun. He has insisted that wisdom has great value (Eccl. 7:15–29), that...

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Ecclesiastes 9:1–18: Wisdom is Better

Ecclesiastes 9:1–18: Wisdom is Better

We are absolutely not in control of our own lives, but everything is in the hand of God. So, wisdom relinquishes control and readies for eternity. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 9:1–18)

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Ecclesiastes 8:1–17: Who is Like the Wise?

Ecclesiastes 8:1–17: Who is Like the Wise?

God’s wisdom trains our eyes to see—not only to avoid the dangers in this life and the next, but to discover God’s good gifts to those who fear him. God’s wisdom enlightens the eyes. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 8:1–17)

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Ecclesiastes 6:1–12: Who Knows What is Good?

Ecclesiastes 6:1–12: Who Knows What is Good?

There is nothing good to see in this world, but we spend our lives looking for it. Even if we found the good we were looking for, we wouldn’t recognize it. God alone is good. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 6:1–12)

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Ecclesiastes 5:8–20: Occupied with Joy

Ecclesiastes 5:8–20: Occupied with Joy

With widespread public injustice in the world, and ever-increasing appetites for wealth in our hearts, how do we find lasting satisfaction in this world? God gives paradoxical joy. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 5:8–20)

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Ecclesiastes 5:1–7: Hear God, Fear God

Ecclesiastes 5:1–7: Hear God, Fear God

In a rare direct reflection on our relationship with God, the Preacher impresses the importance of a fundamental religious duty before God: do not take the name of the Lord in vain. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 5:1–7)

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Ecclesiastes 3:1–15: Time and Eternity

Ecclesiastes 3:1–15: Time and Eternity

We are prisoners of time, while God is eternal. As an embassy of his eternality in the midst of our time-bound toil, God gives Sabbath rest. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 3:1–15)

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Ecclesiastes 1:1–11: Nothing New Under the Sun

Ecclesiastes 1:1–11: Nothing New Under the Sun

How do we live in a world that is natural, and not spiritual (1 Cor. 15:42–46)? Furthermore, how do we live in a world that is fallen and cursed by sin? There is no salvation under the sun. (Exposition of Ecclesiastes 1:1–11)

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