Tag Archives: wisdom

The End of the Matter

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 I thought that I would cover the end of the matter from two points of view; first from Solomon’s and then from the view of a Christian. Since this is fairly obvious, I hope that you’ll read the … Continue reading

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Really… We Really Don’t know

In the last passage, we saw that evil can come upon us at any time; that’s just the way it is. In this section, we will see that good can come upon us as well, and that we must not … Continue reading

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Making Friends and Influencing People

Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:2 In this section, the Teacher continues with his elaboration of life’s uncertainties under the sun. Here, it would appear that he is talking about those who rule the nation; not all rulers are wise! The first verse in … Continue reading

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Nobody Knows

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:15 In this section, the Teacher develops the idea that none of us knows our futures under the sun. He does this in four subsections, beginning with 9:13-10:1. Here, the Teacher tells a fictional story reminiscent of 2 Samuel … Continue reading

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One Fate Awaits Everyone

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 Our most excellent adventure now comes to the Teacher’s second conclusion: There is only one thing in this life that is certain. That certainty is simply this: It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do in … Continue reading

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A Sad Conclusion and a Ray of Hope

Ecclesiastes 8:9-17 These verses seem to go on in a familiar refrain; everything is meaningless. Things happen under the sun that shouldn’t, people conjure up their schemes, and people die; what’s the point? The Teacher has been saying these things … Continue reading

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Submission to the King

Ecclesiastes 8:1-8 Our adventure moves into chapter 8 and brings us to what no doubt will be a favorite subject for all of us: submission and obedience. As you can see, verse 1 is transitional; the meat begins to be … Continue reading

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The Value of Wisdom

All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me. Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it? Ecclesiastes 7:23-24 The value of wisdom is that … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Restraint

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness. Do not be over righteous, neither be over wise— why destroy yourself? Do not be … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts about Patience

Ecclesiastes 7:8-14 Our most excellent adventure now moves into the second of the sections in chapter seven: Patience. Yes dear reader, I am going over this one carefully myself, since patience is really not my strongest suit! The topic is … Continue reading

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