Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes (I-klee´zee-as´teez)

The twenty-first book in the OT. One of the more mysterious books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes presents the advice of someone known only as Qohelet (the “Preacher” or “Teacher”). The content of this advice concerns both the pursuit of wisdom (the path of patience and restraint) and the avoidance of folly (hedonism and reckless abandon).

Outline of Contents

Ecclesiastes

I. Prologue (Eccl 1:1-11)

A. Theme (Eccl 1:1-3)

B. Cycle of life (Eccl 1:4-11)

II. Life experiment (Eccl 1:12-2:26)

III. A time for everything (Eccl 3:1-9)

IV. Disappointments of life (Eccl 3:10-4:16)

V. Counsels of wisdom (Eccl 5:1-12:8)

VI. Epilogue (Eccl 12:9-14)

Eccl 1:1-11

Reflections of a Royal Philosopher
1The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
vanity of vanities! All ... View more

Eccl 1:1-3

Reflections of a Royal Philosopher
1The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
vanity of vanities! All ... View more

Eccl 1:4-11

4A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.5The sun rises and the sun goes down,
and hurries to the place where it rises.6The win ... View more

Eccl 1:12-2:26

The Futility of Seeking Wisdom
12I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem,13applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under ... View more

Eccl 3:1-9

Everything Has Its Time
1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:2a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and ... View more

Eccl 3:10-4:16

10I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.11He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past an ... View more

Eccl 5:1-12:8

Reverence, Humility, and Contentment
1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; f ... View more

Eccl 12:9-14

Epilogue
9Besides being wise, the Teacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs.10The Teacher sought to find pleas ... View more

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