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The Book of Ecclesiastes


Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.



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Previous Book: 1 Samuel



Language:


Hebrew


Author:


Solomon




Chapters

Chapter 1

Reflections of a Royal Philosopher

The Futility of Seeking Wisdom

Chapter 2

The Futility of Self–Indulgence

Wisdom and Joy Given to One Who Pleases God

Chapter 3

Everything Has Its Time

Judgment and the Future Belong to God

Chapter 4

​The Value of a Friend

Chapter 5

Reverence, Humility, and Contentment

Chapter 6

​The Frustration of Desires

Chapter 7

​A Disillusioned View of Life

The Riddles of Life

Obey the King and Enjoy Yourself

Chapter 8

God’s Ways Are Inscrutable

Chapter 9

Take Life as It Comes

Wisdom Superior to Folly

Chapter 10

Miscellaneous Observations

Chapter 11

The Value of Diligence

Youth and Old Age

Chapter 12

​Epilogue



Highlights:


Reflections of a Royal Philosopher

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

1 The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,

vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

3 What do people gain from all the toil

at which they toil under the sun?

4 A generation goes, and a generation comes,

but the earth remains forever.

5 The sun rises and the sun goes down,

and hurries to the place where it rises.

6 The wind blows to the south,

and goes around to the north;

round and round goes the wind,

and on its circuits the wind returns.

7 All streams run to the sea,

but the sea is not full;

to the place where the streams flow,

there they continue to flow.

8 All things are wearisome;

more than one can express;

the eye is not satisfied with seeing,

or the ear filled with hearing.

9 What has been is what will be,

and what has been done is what will be done;

there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there a thing of which it is said,

“See, this is new”?

It has already been,

in the ages before us.

11 The people of long ago are not remembered,

nor will there be any remembrance

of people yet to come

by those who come after them.




Everything Has Its Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.











Next Book: Song of Solomon




 

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