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Paul Apple
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
(with John Cobb and Brian Racer)
Well done 77 page commentary in Pdf
Recommended

Chasing the Wind - A Life of Futility

William Barrick
Lessons on the book of Ecclesiastes
"The Philippians of the Old Testament"
Well done and well annotated
Introduction to  Ecclesiastes
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Albert Barnes
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Introduction

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George Barton
Commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes
1908
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Brian Bell
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Joseph Benson
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
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Charles Bridges
Commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes
1860

Note: Bridges is the author of the excellent Commentary on Proverbs and is definitely worth consulting.

Spurgeon: After the manner of other works by this devout author, who is always worth consulting, though he gives us nothing very new.

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Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

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Century Bible Commentary
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

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Adam Clarke
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Thomas Constable
Expository Notes

Ecclesiastes

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John Dummelow Commentary
Ecclesiastes

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Ellicott's Commentary
For English Readers
Book of Ecclesiastes

Note: Comments on most verses, but they are very brief, sometimes little more than a few cross references or a synonym for the word being studied.

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Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Interesting simple translation and comments

Ecclesiastes Commentary

Expositor's Bible
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
by Samuel Cox
Preface
Contents
Introduction

Note: If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians.—Warren W. Wiersbe, A Basic Library for Bible Students

This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.)—Cyril J. Barber, The Minister’s Library

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David Fairchild
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11  Futility Under The Sun
Ecclesiastes 1:12-18  Grasping for the Wind
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11  I'll Be Happy When
Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 I Hated Life...
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Infinite Abyss
Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3 Justice Departed
Ecclesiastes 4:4-16 Investing in Social Capital
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Guard Your Steps
Ecclesiastes 5:8-20  Rich-Poor-Righteous-Unrighteous
Ecclesiastes 6 Riches, Wealth, Honor
Ecclesiastes 7:1-6 Better-Than
Ecclesiastes 7:7-14  Better Than - Part 2
Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1 Helping the Wisdom Challenged
Ecclesiastes 8:2-9  Question Authority - Yes or No
Ecclesiastes 8:10-17  Who Will Oppress the Oppressors?
Ecclesiastes 9:1-12  Living While Dying
Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:7  Don't Be a Fool
Ecclesiastes 10:8-11:6  Sharpening Your Axe
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8  Remember Your Creator
Ecclesiastes 12:9  Well-Driven Nails

A C Gaebelein
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Introduction

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John Gill
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

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Joe Guglielmo
Ecclesiastes Notes

Ecclesiastes 1-2
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Ecclesiastes 9-12

Ecclesiastes 1:12-15 The Lord Satisfies
Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 God on Trial!
Ecclesiastes 6:10-12Let Go - Let God!
Ecclesiastes 9:13-16 Deliverance

David Guzik
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Note: Brief comments from a more modern perspective. Guzik has useful insights and practical applications.

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Robert Hawker
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Introduction

Spurgeon: Full of devotion and sweetness....Gentlemen, if you want something full of marrow and fatness, cheering to your own hearts by way of comment, and likely to help you in giving to your hearers rich exposition, buy Dr Hawker's "Poor Man's Commentary. Dr Hawker was the very least of commentators in the matter of criticism; he had no critical capacity, and no ability whatever as an interpreter of the letter; but he sees Jesus, and that is a sacred gift which is most precious whether the owner be a critic or not. It is to be confessed that he occasionally sees Jesus where Jesus is not legitimately to be seen. He allows his reason to be mastered by his affections, which, vice as it is, is not the worst fault in the world. There is always such a savor of the Lord Jesus Christ in Dr Hawker that you cannot read him without profit....not as a substantial dish but as a condiment, place the Plymouth vicar's work on the table. His writing is all sugar, and you will know how to use it, not devouring it in lumps, but using it to flavor other things. -- From Lectures to My Students.

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E W Hengstenberg
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Rosscup: This is one of the finest, most scholarly old works on Ecclesiastes.

Spurgeon: Scholarly of course, and also more vivacious than is usual with Hengstenberg.

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Matthew Henry
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
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George Holden
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
"An Attempt to Illustrate the Book of Ecclesiastes"
Preface
Preliminary Dissertation
Of the Title Koheleth
Style and Language
Object and Design for Publication
Analytical Table of Contents
Paraphrase of the Book of Ecclesiastes

Spurgeon: Bridges says Holden "stands foremost for accuracy of critical exegesis," and Ginsburg considers his Commentary to be the best in our language. We may therefore be wrong in setting so little store by it as we do, but we are not convinced.

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Jamieson, Fausset, Brown
Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
Introduction

Note: One of the better older OT commentaries as it generally interprets the Scripture literally.

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Keil & Delitzsch Commentary
on the Old Testament:
Ecclesiastes
Introduction

Spurgeon: Keil's works are valuable helps towards obtaining the meaning of the text 3 but for spiritual reflections and fruitful hints we must look elsewhere..

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Keith Krell
Sermon Series
Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes Overview The Good Life

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 Trivial Pursuits

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Time’s Up

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3 Give Me Justice!

Ecclesiastes 4:4-16 Alone at the Top

Ecclesiastes 5:1-9 Watch Your Mouth!

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 The Naked Truth

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 I CAN Get Satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 When Bad is Better

Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1 Wise Words for Wise Ones

Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 Living Under the Thumb

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 Living While You Live

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 No Risks, No Rewards

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20 Wise Beyond Words

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 Live While You Are Dying

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 Life’s Final Exam

Paul E Kretzmann
Popular
Commentary
Ecclesiastes
Introduction

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Lange's Commentary
Ecclesiastes

Spurgeon: This volume contains much that we do not like, but its value is considerable.

Rosscup: Another of the very helpful older works, often rich in meaning on details, giving views, considering matters from different angles.

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Alexander Maclaren
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
(Excellent Expositor)

Ecclesiastes 1:4: What Passes and What Abides
Ecclesiastes 1:9: The Past and the Future
Ecclesiastes 1:13: Two Views of Life
Ecclesiastes 3:2: A Time to Plant
Ecclesiastes 3:11: Eternity in the Heart
Ecclesiastes 5:1-12: Lessons for Worship and for Work
Ecclesiastes 5:15: Naked or Clothed?
Ecclesiastes 7:8: Finis Coronat Opus
Ecclesiastes 8:11: Misused Respite
Ecclesiastes 10:8: Fences and Serpents
Ecclesiastes 10:15: The Way to the City
Ecclesiastes11:9, 12:1: A New Years Sermon to the Young
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, 13-14: The Conclusion of the Matter

J Vernon McGee
Thru the Bible - Mp3's
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F B Meyer
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 Timeliness (ODW)
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Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 The Value of Friendship (ODW)
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Henry Morris
Defender's Study Bible Notes
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Gleason Archer - The Linguistic Evidence for the Date of Ecclesiastes

Robert McCabe - The Message of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes Bibliography (Dave Beldman)

Ecclesiastes Bibliography (Ted Hildebrandt)

Duane A. Garrett, "Ecclesiastes 7:25-29 and the Feminist Hermeneutic," Criswell Theological Review 2 (1988) 309-21.

F. F. Bruce, "The Wisdom Literature of the Bible: The Book of Ecclesiastes,"

Craig Bartholomew, "Qoheleth in the Canon?: Current Trends in the Interpretation of Ecclesiastes," Themelios 24.3 (May 1999): 4-20.

Duane A. Garrett, "Qoheleth On The Use And Abuse Of Political Power," Trinity Journal 8.2 (1987): 159-177.

Thomas Francis Glasson, "'You Never Know': The Message of Ecclesiastes 11:1-6,"The Evangelical Quarterly 55.1 (Jan.-Feb. 1983): 43-48.

Anson F. Rainey, "A Study of Eccleisates," Concordia Theological Monthly 35 (1964) 148-57.

James S. Reitman, "The Structure and Unity of Ecclesiastes," Bibliotheca Sacra154: 615 (1997): 297-319.

George M. Schwab, Sr., "Woman as the object of Qohelet's search," Andrews University Seminary Studies 39.1 (Spring 2001): 73-84.

H. Carl Shank, "Qoheleth's World and Life View as Seen in His Recurring Phrases,"Westminster Theological Journal 37 (1974) 57-73.

Martin A. Shields, "Ecclesiastes and the End of Wisdom," Tyndale Bulletin 50.1 (1999): 117-139. 

Melvin Tinker, "Evil, Evangelism and Ecclesiastes," Themelios 28.2 (Spring 2003): 4-15.

Journal Articles
Best Commentaries on Ecclesiastes - Tim Challies

Top 5 Commentaries - Ecclesiastes by Keith Mathison - Ligonier Ministries

Best Commentary on Ecclesiastes - extensive collection but my least favorite as it is the least discerning

Best Commentaries
Ecclesiastes, Theology of - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology

Ecclesiastes, Book of - The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Ecclesiastes - Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Ecclesiastes, the Book of - Fausset Bible Dictionary

Ecclesiastes, Book of - Holman Bible Dictionary

Dictionaries
Ecclesiastes Study Guide Bible Study Guide

Ecclesiastes - Interesting Facts - Chart with brief (but indeed interesting) facts some you know but some you make not

Bible Charts
Book Review - Ecclesiastes. Interpretation William Brown
Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth): Enigmatic Pessimist or Godly Sage? (Grace Theological Journal 7.1, p 21-56, 1986) Ardel B Caneday
Ecclesiastes - Survey of the Old Testament - Brief comments or bullet points for each chapter. Ken Carson
Ecclesiastes, 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Proverbs (Solomon Reflects) David Colburn
Ecclesiastes Devotional - 36 pages to aid your study and meditation on this book. Grace Life
Ecclesiastes - Concise Bible Commentary James Gray
Ecclesiastes - Scope and Plan Of the Book of Ecclesiastes William Henry Green
Ecclesiastes - A Teacher's Guide Kenneth Hart
Multiple Choice quiz on Ecclesiastes
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Ted Hildebrandt
Ecclesiastes - A Working Bibliography (See also "Bibliography on Ecclesiastes for Craig Bartholomew's Commentary on Ecclesiastes) Ted Hildebrandt
The Poetical Books
The Stewardship of Time
J. Hampton Keathley, III
Christ in All the Scriptures - Ecclesiastes A M Hodgkin

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Life and Death in Biblical Perspective: Genesis 5, Ecclesiastes 1, 1 Cor 15:50-58 Dan T. Lioy
Overview of Ecclesiastes William MacDonald

The Book of Ecclesiastes - Introduction
An Argument of the Book of Ecclesiastes
Selected Bibliography of the Book of Ecclesiastes

David Malick
Ecclesiastes Introduction (same as MacArthur's study Bible introductions)

Interpretive Challenges - The author’s declaration that “all is vanity” envelops the primary message of the book (cf. 1:2; 12:8). The word translated “vanity” is used in at least 3 ways throughout the book. In each case, it looks at the nature of man’s activity “under the sun” as: 1)”fleeting,” which has in view the vapor-like (cf. James 4:14) or transitory nature of life; 2)”futile” or “meaningless,” which focuses on the cursed condition of the universe and the debilitating effects it has on man’s earthly experience; or 3) “incomprehensible” or “enigmatic,” which gives consideration to life’s unanswerable questions. Solomon draws upon all 3 meanings in Ecclesiastes.

While the context in each case will determine which meaning Solomon is focusing upon, the most recurring meaning of vanity is “incomprehensible” or “unknowable,” referring to the mysteries of God’s purposes. Solomon’s conclusion to “fear God and keep His commandments” (12:13, 14) is more than the book’s summary; it is the only hope of the good life and the only reasonable response of faith and obedience to sovereign God. He precisely works out all activities under the sun, each in its time according to His perfect plan, but also discloses only as much as His perfect wisdom dictates and holds all men accountable. Those who refuse to take God and His Word seriously are doomed to lives of the severest vanity.

Outline - The book chronicles Solomon’s investigations and conclusions regarding man’s lifework, which combine all of his activity and its potential outcomes including limited satisfaction. The role of wisdom in experiencing success surfaces repeatedly, particularly when Solomon must acknowledge that God has not revealed all of the details. This leads Solomon to the conclusion that the primary issues of life after the Edenic fall involve divine blessings to be enjoyed and the divine judgment for which all must prepare.

I. Introduction

A. Title (Ecclesiastes 1:1)
B. Poem—A Life of Activity That Appears Wearisome (Ecclesiastes 1:2–11)


II. Solomon’s Investigation (Ecclesiastes 1:12–6:9)

A. Introduction—The King and His Investigation (Ecclesiastes 1:12–18)
B. Investigation of Pleasure-Seeking (Ecclesiastes 2:1–11)
C. Investigation of Wisdom and Folly (Ecclesiastes 2:12–17)
D. Investigation of Labor and Rewards (Ecclesiastes 2:18–6:9)

1. One has to leave them to another (Ecclesiastes 2:18–26)
2. One cannot find the right time to act (Ecclesiastes 3:1–4:6)
3. One often must work alone (Ecclesiastes 4:7–16)
4. One can easily lose all he acquires (Ecclesiastes 5:1–6:9)


III. Solomon’s Conclusions (Ecclesiastes 6:10–12:8)

A. Introduction—The Problem of Not Knowing (Ecclesiastes 6:10–12)

B. Man Cannot Always Find Out Which Route is the Most Successful for Him to Take Because His Wisdom is Limited (Ecclesiastes 7:1–8:17)

1. On prosperity and adversity (Ecclesiastes 7:1–14)
2. On justice and wickedness (Ecclesiastes 7:15–24)
3. On women and folly (Ecclesiastes 7:25–29)
4. On the wise man and the king (Ecclesiastes 8:1–17)

C. Man Does Not Know What Will Come After Him (Ecclesiastes 9:1–11:6)

1. He knows he will die (Ecclesiastes 9:1–4)
2. He has no knowledge in the grave (Ecclesiastes 9:5–10)
3. He does not know his time of death (Ecclesiastes 9:11, 12)
4. He does not know what will happen (Ecclesiastes 9:13–10:15)
5. He does not know what evil will come (Ecclesiastes 10:16–11:2)
6. He does not know what good will come (Ecclesiastes 11:3–6)

D. Man Should Enjoy Life, But Not Sin, Because Judgment Will Come to All (Ecclesiastes 11:7–12:8)


IV. Solomon’s Final Advice (Ecclesiastes 12:9–14)

John MacArthur
Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon J Vernon McGee
Living Messages of the Books of the Bible - Ecclesiastes G Campbell Morgan
The Message of Ecclesiastes (pdf may open slow) Robert McCabe
Intro to Ecclesiastes NIV Study Bible
Through the Bible Book by Book - Ecclesiastes Myer Pearlman
A Study of Ecclesiastes (Concordia Theological Monthly) Anson F. Rainey
The Structure and Unity of Ecclesiastes (Bib Sac 154: 297-319, 1997) James S. Reitman
The Theology of Ecclesiastes M. James Sawyer
Ecclesiastes' (Qoheleth's) World and Life View as seen in His Recurring Phrases (Westminster Theological Journal 37: 57-73, 1974) H Carl Shank
Commenting & Commentaries—Ecclesiastes C H Spurgeon
Book of Ecclesiastes Overview - Insight for Living Ministries

Why is Ecclesiastes so important?  Ecclesiastes presents us a naturalistic vision of life—one that sees life through distinctively human eyes—but ultimately recognizes the rule and reign of God in the world. This more humanistic quality has made the book especially popular among younger audiences today, men and women who have seen more than their fair share of pain and instability in life but who still cling to their hope in God.

What's the big idea? Ecclesiastes, like much of life, represents a journey from one point to another. Solomon articulated his starting point early in the book: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2), indicating the utter futility and meaninglessness of life as he saw it. Nothing made sense to him because he had already tried any number of remedies—pleasure, work, and intellect—to alleviate his sense of feeling lost in the world. However, even in the writer’s desperate search for meaning and significance in life, God remained present. For instance, we read that God provides food, drink, and work (2:24); both the sinner and the righteous person live in God’s sight (Eccl 2:26); God’s deeds are eternal (Eccl 3:14); and God empowers people to enjoy His provision (Eccl 5:19). Ultimately, the great truth of Ecclesiastes lies in the acknowledgment of God’s ever-present hand on our lives. Even when injustice and uncertainty threaten to overwhelm us, we can trust Him and follow after Him (Eccl 12:13–14).

How do I apply this? We all desire meaning in life. Often that search takes us along winding, up-and-down paths filled with bursts of satisfaction that shine bright for a time but eventually fade. In one sense, it’s satisfying to see that experience echoed throughout Ecclesiastes. An appreciation for our common humanity emerges from reading its pages. We relate to the journey of Solomon because, for so many of us, it is our own. When we attempt to find meaning in the pursuit of pleasure, the commitment to a job, or through plumbing intellectual depths, we all eventually find in each of these pursuits a dead end. Ecclesiastes shows us a man who lived through this process and came out on the other side with a wiser, more seasoned perspective. When we’re surrounded by the temptation to proclaim life’s ultimate emptiness, we can find in Ecclesiastes a vision tempered by experience and ultimately seen through divinely colored lenses. Life is destined to remain unsatisfying apart from our recognition of God’s intervention. It only remains to be seen whether or not we will place our trust in His sure and able hands. Have you struggled with misplaced pursuits in life? Does your life lack the meaning and purpose you desire? Hear the words of Solomon that they might encourage you to place your trust solely in the Lord.  (Excerpt from
Ecclesiastes Overview)

Charles Swindoll
Ecclesiastes Introduction James Van Dine
OT Reflections of Christ - Ecclesiastes

(Excerpt) The book of Ecclesiastes has been branded as a book of pessimism and denounced by the critics as unworthy of the Holy Spirit's authorship. I must admit that it is indeed filled with hopelessness and despair. Quite often the materialists, the fatalists, and the sensualists support their teachings by sentences lifted from the book of Ecclesiastes.

The opening verse gives the title of the book: ''The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.'' The second verse gives the theme of the book: ''Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.'' But it must be remembered that he speaks only of that which is ''under the sun,'' a phrase that is used 29 times in Ecclesiastes.

This book, given by divine inspiration, is a record of the bitter disappointment that awaits people whose faith soars no higher than the sun. The conclusion a man like that reaches is stated in this key text: ''...all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun'' (Ecc 2:11).

C.I. Scofield has written, ''It is what man, with the knowledge that there is a holy God and that He will bring everything into judgment, discovers of the emptiness of setting the heart upon things under the sun.''

CHRIST IN ECCLESIASTES--I could find no better expression of the purpose of this book that that which was written by F. C. Jennings, a devout student of the Word of God. I am quoting from his book Meditations on Ecclesiastes. "No song brightens its pages; no praise is heard amid its exercises. And yet perfectly assured we may be that, listened to aright, it shall speak forth the praise of God's beloved Son; looked at in a right light, it shall set off His beauty. If ''He turns the wrath of man to praise Him,'' surely we may expect no rest from man's sorrows and ignorances. This, then, we may take it, is the object of the book, to show forth by its dark background the glory of the Lord, to bring into glorious relief against the black cloud of man's need and ignorance the bright light of a perfect, holy revelation; to let man tell out, in the person of his greatest and wisest, when he too is at the summit of his greatness, with the full advantage of his matured wisdom, the solemn questions of his inmost being; and show that greatness to be of no avail in solving them, that wisdom foiled in the search for their answers. (emphasis ours)

Paul Van Gorder
God and Man in Ecclesiastes (Bib Sac 148: 46-56, 1991) - recommended Roy Zuck

SERMONS ON
ECCLESIASTES

Sermons By Chapter and Verse - this resource is different from the one above in that it categorizes the sermons and illustrators verse by verse...
Ecclesiastes 1:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 2:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 4:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 6:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 7:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 8:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 9:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 10:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Sermons
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Sermons

Biblical Illustrator
Sermons on Ecclesiastes 3rd Millennium
Sermon Series on Ecclesiastes Tom Chantry
On Wings of Eternity Imanuel Christian

Click link below. Select Ecclesiastes. Select "All" = retrieves 18 sermons by W A Criswell:

The W. A. Criswell Sermon Library

W A Criswell
Sermon series on Ecclesiastes - verse by verse David Fairchild
Scripture Index - Ecclesiastes - Most are Mp3's with only a few transcripts Gospel Coalition
The Hazards of Discontentment Jeff Miller

COMMENTARIES
ON ECCLESIASTES

Ecclesiastes - A Practical Study of Ecclesiastes - "Where Your Heart and Treasure Meet" - Simple questions and passage lessons

Don Anderson

Chasing the Wind - A Life of Futility - 178 page commentary - Recommended

Paul Apple
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes (1908) George Aaron Barton
An Exposition of the Book of Ecclesiastes 1860 Charles Bridges
Ecclesiastes Commentary (1873) Thomas P Dale
Ecclesiastes - Blackwell Bible Commentary - I would have thought this was in copyright as it seems to include the entire 330 page book. Eric Christianson
The Book of Ecclesiastes - Executable Outline Mark Copeland
Ecclesiastes Introduction
Ecclesiastes Commentary - 10 pages
John Dummelow

Ecclesiastes: Koheleth's Quest for Life's Meaning (232 page commentary -Submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements or the degree of Master of Theology in Grace Theological Seminary)

Weston Fields
Notes on Ecclesiastes 1599 Geneva Bible
Ecclesiastes Commentary E W Hengstenberg

Ecclesiastes Commentary - Over 1000 pages but of limited value in my opinion as it has lots of Hebrew, skips around verses and actual in depth comments are relatively scarce.

InDepthbible.org
Ecclesiastes Commentary William Kelly
Ecclesiastes Commentary - This is a relatively modern, in depth treatment. See page Pdf 307 for a nice listing of 22 "Vanities of Ecclesiastes Contrasted with the Fear of the Lord". Lengthy Bibliography on page 311 (Pdf pagination). "Fact questions" are interspersed throughout the commentary to aid your review. This looks to be a fine resource to aid your study of Ecclesiastes. R J Kidwell
Ecclesiastes - Thru the Bible Commentary - 58 Mp3 Tracks J Vernon McGee
The Book of Ecclesiastes - Supplemental Notes (71 pages) Chuck Missler
Ecclesiastes or The Preacher, With Notes and Introduction (1851) Stuart Moses
Ecclesiastes and The Wisdom of Solomon (1902) Richard Moulton
Ecclesiastes or The Preacher, With Notes and Introduction (1881) E H Plumptre
Commentary on Ecclesiastes - full book on Google books Edward Reynolds
Ecclesiastes  Commentary Relevant Bible Teaching

Ecclesiastes Commentary - 103 Pages -  Includes numerous quotes from other respected conservative sources, including almost 100 quotations from Michael Eaton's Tyndale OT Commentary (ranked as one of the best on Ecclesiastes).

John Schultz
Ecclesiastes or The Preacher Speaker's Commentary
Mp3 Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Mp3 only)
Part 1: Prologue and First Discourse
Part 2: Second and Third Discourse
Part 3: Fourth Discourse and Epilogue
Part 4: Themes of Ecclesiastes
Thomas Taylor
Lectures on Ecclesiastes (1821) Ralph Wardlaw
Commentary on Ecclesiastes Bob Utley

ECCLESIASTES
By Chapter

Ecclesiastes 1:1-9 Staying Happy in a Hollow World Robert Morgan
Ecclesiastes 1:2 The Sooner We Reach This Conclusion William S Plumer
Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Excerpt from the book (pages 263-267) Cornerstone
Ecclesiastes 1:2 To separate us from worldly things William Tiptaft
Life and Death in Biblical Perspective- An Examination of Genesis 5, Ecclesiastes 1, and 1 Corinthians 15-50-58 Dan T Lioy

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:8 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:8 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:9 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:14 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:15 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:15 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 1:18 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Spurgeon: The passages he touches are ably explained.
Ecclesiastes 1:14 The sum total of worldly enjoyment in those two ciphers! John Angell James
Ecclesiastes 1:4: What Passes and What Abides
Ecclesiastes 1:9: The Past and the Future
Ecclesiastes 1:13: Two Views of Life
Alexander Maclaren
Ecclesiastes 1:12-15 The Lord Satisfies Joe Guglielmo

Ecclesiastes 1 - Living Water Commentary

Ecclesiastes 2 - Living Water Commentary

Ecclesiastes 3 - Living Water Commentary

Robert Neighbour
Ecclesiastes 1
Ecclesiastes 2
F B Meyer
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The Cynic's New Year David Legge
Ecclesiastes 2:1-2 A Beautiful Harlot Sitting in Her Chariot Thomas Brooks

Ecclesiastes 2:2 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 2:14 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 2:17 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 2:24 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Sermon Outline
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Sermon Seed
Apibs

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 3:11 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 3:18 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 3:20 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)

Ecclesiastes 3 - The Divine Sabotage: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Ecclesiastes 3

Dan T. Lioy
Ecclesiastes 3
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Timeliness (ODW)
F B Meyer
Ecclesiastes 3-2 Eternity in the Heart - Lengthy discourse James Hastings
Ecclesiastes 3:2: A Time to Plant
Ecclesiastes 3:11: Eternity in the Heart
Alexander Maclaren
Ecclesiastes 3:3, 4 Spiritual Times and Seasons (Part 1) J C Philpot
Ecclesiastes 3:11 A Reexamination of "Eternity" in Ecclesiastes 3:11 Brian Gault
Ecclesiastes 3:9-12 Necessity of Benefits of Religious Society   George Whitefield
Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 God on Trial! Joe Guglielmo

Ecclesiastes 4:1 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 4:5 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 4:12 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 4
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 The Value of Friendship (ODW)
F B Meyer
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Necessity of Benefits of Religious Society   George Whitefield
Ecclesiastes 5 F B Meyer
Ecclesiastes 5:1 - The Meaning of Ecclesiastes 5:1 Craig White

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:6 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 5:7 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:7 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 5:7 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 5:13 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:16 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 Searching for Contentment Bruce Goettsche
Ecclesiastes 5:1-12: Lessons for Worship and for Work
Ecclesiastes 5:15: Naked or Clothed?
Alexander Maclaren
Ecclesiastes 5:1,2 Discretion (from his book The New Life) Andrew Murray
Ecclesiastes 6
Ecclesiastes 7
F B Meyer

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 6:10-12 Let Go - Let God! Joe Guglielmo
Ecclesiastes 7:1 Look Upon Death Thomas Brooks

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:5 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 Balm for Wounded Spirits William S. Plumer
Ecclesiastes 7:4 The vain delights of this world Favell Lee Mortimer
Ecclesiastes 7:6 Over-Righteous A W Pink
Ecclesiastes 7:8: Finis Coronat Opus Alexander Maclaren
Ecclesiastes 7:29 - The Life You Never Knew Colin S. Smith

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:12 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:14 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:14 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:14 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 7:15-16 Righteousness and Wickedness - excellent   Wayne A Brindle
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Folly & Danger of not being righteous enough  
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Preservative against unsettled Notions
George Whitefield

Ecclesiastes 7:16 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:18 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:20 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:21 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:23 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:24 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:25 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:28 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:28 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 8 F B Meyer

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:3 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:3 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:4 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:7 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 8:8 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:8 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:9 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:10 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 8:10 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 8:11: Misused Respite Alexander Maclaren
Ecclesiastes 8:12: Everything's Gonna Be All Right Alan Carr
Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 The Superiority of Wisdom Rick Safriet
Ecclesiastes 9 F B Meyer

Ecclesiastes 9:1 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 9:3 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:4 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:8 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:9 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:11 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:14-16 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:17 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Overcoming Boredom Ray Pritchard

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Do it Well and Do it Now - Lengthy discourse

James Hastings
Ecclesiastes 9:13-16 Deliverance Joe Guglielmo
Ecclesiastes 10:8: Fences and Serpents
Ecclesiastes 10:15: The Way to the City
Alexander Maclaren

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:4 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:10 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:11 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:12 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:15 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 10:18 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 10 F B Meyer
Ecclesiastes 10:15 Charge That to My Account Harry Ironside
Ecclesiastes 10:19 Money (from his book The New Life) Andrew Murray
Ecclesiastes 11 F B Meyer
Ecclesiastes 11 Exposition C H Spurgeon

Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:7, 13 Wisdom for Aging

Rick Safriet

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Giving and Receiving - Lengthy discourse

Ecclesiastes 11:9 After that the Judgment - Lengthy discourse

James Hastings
Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 Simple Living in a Complex World Pulpit Pages

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 11:3 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 11:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 11:8 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 11:9,10 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 11:9 The Evils of Youth (see under "Evil 2) Thomas Brooks
'You Never Know': The Message of Ecclesiastes 11:1-6,"The Evangelical Quarterly 55.1 (Jan.-Feb. 1983): 43-48. Thomas Glasson
Ecclesiastes 12 Exposition C H Spurgeon
Ecclesiastes 12 F B Meyer

Ecclesiastes 12 - Living Water Commentary

Robert Neighbour

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:2 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:4 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:5 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:6 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 Death, An Impetus for Life (Bib Sac 148: 298-317) Barry Davis
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, 13-14: The Conclusion of the Matter Alexander Maclaren
Ecclesiastes 12:1 The Benefits of an early Piety George Whitefield
Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 The Days Of Our Lives Alan Carr
Ecclesiastes 12:1--12 Guide to the Value of A Book Richard Baxter
Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 Death, An Impetus for Life Barry Davis

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Timely Remembrance - Lengthy discourse

Ecclesiastes 12:13 The Whole Duty of Man - Lengthy discourse

James Hastings

Ecclesiastes 12:11 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:12 Lessons for Life
Ecclesiastes 12:12 Lessons for Life

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Lessons for Life

George W Mylne (1856, 1859)
Ecclesiastes 12:12 Simplicity in Preaching - Excellent! J C Ryle
Ecclesiastes 12:12 A Christian Library John Newton
Ecclesiastes 12:13 The Fear Of The Lord Alan Carr
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Take the following maxims for your guide John Angell James
Ecclesiastes 12:14 The Rock of Our Salvation William S Plumer
Ecclesiastes 12:14 Judgment! William S Plumer

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Note: Each Link Below is to One or More Devotionals in that chapter
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Ecclesiastes 1:2 The Cure For Futility

Ecclesiastes 1:1-9 Routinely Fresh

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 What's the Point?

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Gone With The Wind

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Just Living?

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 Knowing Too Much

Ecclesiastes 1:8 True Satisfaction
Ecclesiastes 1:14 Setting the Record Straight

 

Ecclesiastes 2:1 The Pursuit Of Pleasure

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 True Satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Sunshine Chaser

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Why Do I Sigh?

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Breathtaking

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Tantalized Sinners
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 The New Religion
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Are You Losing Touch?

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 What Brings Happiness?

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 The Pleasure Is Mine

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 The Smart House

Ecclesiastes 2:1-17 The Hunger Of A Black Hole

Ecclesiastes 2:2 Pleasure's Aftermath

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 Work: A Narcotic
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 The Missing Piece
Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 Two Lives, Two Views
Ecclesiastes 2:13 The World Wide Web

Ecclesiastes 2:15-26 Heaven on Earth

Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 Frustrated Or Content?
Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 Is Work Your God?

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 Seasons Of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1 Seasons Of Motherhood

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Thankful For Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A Season For Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Seasons Of Ups And Downs

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Times And Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Good and Bad Laughter

Ecclesiastes 3:9-17 Eternity In Our Hearts

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Time: Handle With Care

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Tick, Tick, Tick

Ecclesiastes 3:1 Seasons Of Motherhood

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Relevant Routine

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Longing For Spring

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 The Beauty Of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 The Mystery Of Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 Expected--Sooner Or Later

Ecclesiastes 3:7 Don't Say It!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 The Trail

Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 Who Says?

Ecclesiastes 3:9-17 Eternity in Our Hearts

Ecclesiastes 3:14-22 The Search For Justice

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3 An Instructed Faith

 

Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 The Rat Race

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 Designed For Companionship

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Helping With Hurdles

Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 Hold Hands And Jump!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 We Need God And People

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Benefits Of Friendship

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 Fleeting Success

 

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 In God's Presence

Ecclesiastes 5:2 On Listening

Ecclesiastes 5:8-12 True Satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 5:8-16 Stockpiling Or Storing?

Ecclesiastes 5:10 The Greed Problem

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 'I Want More!'

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Too Strict

Ecclesiastes 5:13-20 How To Enjoy Things

 

Ecclesiastes 6:1-8 The Difference God Makes

Ecclesiastes 6:7-12 Are You Full?

 

Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 Funeral or Birthday?

Ecclesiastes 7:1-6 Helpful Wounds

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 The Main Pursuit
Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 The Upside of Sorrow

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A Good Name

Ecclesiastes 7:6 Laughter

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Beware Of Jumping To Conclusions

 

Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 Stay At Your Post

Ecclesiastes 8:6 God’s Timing

Ecclesiastes 8:15 Breathtaking

 

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 Live For The Moment

Ecclesiastes 9:9 Marriage Before Love

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Just A Job?

Ecclesiastes 9:11 The Testimony Of A Tortoise

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 It's Not Over Till It's Over

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:1  Big Little Things

Ecclesiastes 9:15 No One Remembered

Ecclesiastes 9:16-10:10 Tiny Evils, Big Fall

Ecclesiastes 9:16-10:10 No One Remembered

 

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Tiny Evils, Big Fall
Ecclesiastes 10:1 Stay At Your Post

Ecclesiastes 10:12 Things Said In Secret

 

Ecclesiastes 11:4 Watching The Wind
Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 Sowing and Reaping

 

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 Land Of Eternal Spring

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 The Bottom Line

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 Living Or Just Alive?

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 Smithsonian Scavengers

Ecclesiastes 12:6-14 What’s the Point?

Ecclesiastes 12:6-14 Wise Words

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Six Words From Solomon

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 What's the Point?

Ecclesiastes 12:14 When To Judge

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With Notes and Introduction
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Overview

The first list below are to the Expositions (they also have the homilies if you scroll down)

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

BELOW ARE HOMILIES
ON ECCLESIASTES

Ecclesiastes 1
Ecclesiastes 2
Ecclesiastes 3
Ecclesiastes 4
Ecclesiastes 5
Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 7
Ecclesiastes 8
Ecclesiastes 9
Ecclesiastes 10
Ecclesiastes 11
Ecclesiastes 12

Don Robinson
Ecclesiastes
Sermon Notes

Ecclesiastes 1 Intro to Ecclesiastes  
Ecclesiastes 1:2 Disappointed With Life?
Ecclesiastes 1:9 Choosing a Standard

Ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes, Part 2  

Ecclesiastes 3 Ecclesiastes, Part 3  
Ecclesiastes 3:1 It is time!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 What Time Is It?
Ecclesiastes 3:4 Laughter
Ecclesiastes 3:14 Things that are Forever

Ecclesiastes 4,5 Ecclesiastes, Part 4 
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Principle of Togetherness

Ecclesiastes 6 Ecclesiastes, Part 5 

Ecclesiastes 7 Ecclesiastes, Part 6 
Ecclesiastes 7:1-9 When Home Feels Like A Battleship
Ecclesiastes 7:1-10 Anger and Bitterness

Ecclesiastes 8,9 Ecclesiastes, Part 7 

Ecclesiastes 10 Ecclesiastes, Part 8 

Ecclesiastes, Part 9 (Ecclesiastes 11,12)
Ecclesiastes 12:11 he Bible as a Nail  

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Payday  

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The Conclusion  

Charles Simeon
Horae Homileticae
Sermons on Ecclesiastes

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

Ecclesiastes 1:2 The Vanity of the Creature
Ecclesiastes 1:14, 15 The Creature is Vanity and Vexation
Ecclesiastes 2:3 The Emptiness of Worldly Mirth

Ecclesiastes 2:13 The Excellency of Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 2:26 The Different Portions of the Righteous and Wicked
Ecclesiastes 5:4,5 Duty of Paying our Vows
Ecclesiastes 7:4 The House of Mourning to be Preferred

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Contentment Recommended

Ecclesiastes 7:12 The Excellency of Spiritual Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Against An Over-Righteous Spirit
Ecclesiastes 7:29 Man's Original and Present State

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Man's Abuse of God's Patience

Ecclesiastes 8:12 The Blessedness of Fearing God
Ecclesiastes 9:3 The Wickedness, Madness and Misery of Unregenerate Men
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Earnestness in Religion Recommended
Ecclesiastes 9:14-16 Wisdom Notionally Approved, but Practically Disregarded

Ecclesiastes 9:18 The Destructive Influence of Sinners

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Liberality Encouraged
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Youth Warned of the Future Judgment

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remembering God in our Youth

Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 The Sum of All True Religion

Chuck Smith
Sermon Notes
Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1:1 Vanity, Vanity All is Vanity
Ecclesiastes 1:1 Frustration: Its Cause and Cure
Ecclesiastes 1:13-18, 2:1-17 Life Under the Sun
Ecclesiastes 1:14 Life Under the Sun
Ecclesiastes 2 Life Under the Sun is Life on the Human Plane
Ecclesiastes 3:15 God Requireth That Which is Past
Ecclesiastes 3:15b
Ecclesiastes 6:10-12 What's Good for You
Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 In the Final End

C H Spurgeon
Devotionals from
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

Ecclesiastes   1:7
Ecclesiastes 1:14
Ecclesiastes   7:8
Ecclesiastes   9:4
Ecclesiastes 9:10
Ecclesiastes 10:7
Ecclesiastes 10:9
Ecclesiastes 11:1
Ecclesiastes 11:3
Ecclesiastes 11:6

C H Spurgeon
All of His Sermons
on Ecclesiastes
Updated April 26, 2014

Ecclesiastes 3:8 A Time to Love
Ecclesiastes 6:12 The Known and the Unknown
Ecclesiastes 7:1 The Believer's Death Day Better Than His Birthday
Ecclesiastes 7:2 The House of Mourning and the House of Feasting
Ecclesiastes 7:8 An Observation of the Preacher

Ecclesiastes 8:4 The Word of a King
Ecclesiastes 8:4 Sermon Notes - The Word of a King
Ecclesiastes 8:10 The Wicked Man's Life, Funeral, and Epitaph
Ecclesiastes 8:12 Five Fears
Ecclesiastes 9:10 The Spur
Ecclesiastes 9:10 A Home Mission Sermon
Ecclesiastes 11 and 12 Exposition
Ecclesiastes 11:3 Black Clouds and Bright Bless
Ecclesiastes 11:4 Sowing in the Wind, Reaping under Clouds

Ray Stedman

Sermons on Ecclesiastes
Highly Recommended

Ecclesiastes 1:1-1:8The Search for Meaning

Ecclesiastes 2 Life in the Fast Lane

Ecclesiastes 3 That Wonderful Plan for Your Life
Ecclesiastes 4 Why Does God Allow This?
Ecclesiastes 5 Why Does God Allow This?
Ecclesiastes 6:1-7:14 Things Are Not What They Seem
Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1 Whoever Said Life Was Fair?
Ecclesiastes 8:2-8:15 Can We Trust Government?
Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10 Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:15 The Only Way to Go

Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:10 How Then Should We Live?
Ecclesiastes 12:1-12:14 Before It's Too Late

The Power of His Presence
Daily Devotions
From the Writings of Ray Stedman
Daily Devotions for the Month of February
Highly Recommended

 

1st The Search (Ecclesiastes 1:1-3) — Has our pursuit of knowledge and worldly pleasure left us sated and cynical? Do we need to redirect our pursuit from a wholly different perspective?
 

2nd The Endless Cycle (Ecclesiastes 1:4-7) — Solomon sagely ponders why we strive, often desperately, to prolong our lives forever? Is something backwards in our human existence?
 

3rd The Restless Life (Ecclesiastes 1:8-18) — Do we shop until we drop, always hoping to buy into the ultimate satisfaction? Is life simply an empty pursuit after things that never fully satisfy our deepest desires?
 

4th The Pursuit Of Pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) — Do we live as consumers, using every resource & person in our quest for fulfillment? Has the well of hedonistic pleasures gone dry? Where do we go after burn out?
 

5th A Note Of Joy (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26) — Shall we choose to live each day as grateful receivers, acknowledging every good gift as God's provision? Have we seen His intent for joy in everything we experience?
 

6th A Time For Everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) — Are we learning to see God's wise direction and providence in the contrasting experiences of our lives? If we were in charge would the result be wholeness & joy?
 

7th Eternity On My Mind (Ecclesiastes 3:9-11) — What is it that clearly differentiates us humans from animals? Are we living in denial of that basic element, yet wondering why life seems meaningless?
 

8th Let God Be God (Ecclesiastes 3:12-22) — God has sovereignly, independently, set up the plan of life in a way with which we cannot interfere. Why has He done this and what is the secret of life?
 

9th Ambition (Ecclesiastes 4:1-8) — To what degree are admiration and ambition a driving force behind our activity in life? Do we need to redirect our motivation & resources to invest in things that matter?
 

10th Two Are Better Than One (Ecclesiastes 4:9-16) — Companionship and fellowship are certainly advantageous in life. Does teamwork play an important role in our ministry or do we tend to go it alone?
 

11th Watch Your Step (Ecclesiastes 5:1-17) — What is the first thought that pops into our mind when we ask: Who is in charge? Have we learned to let God be God and to humbly inquire and listen to His wisdom?
 

12th How To Enjoy Life (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20) — True enjoyment in life comes from a specific knowledge which results in constant thanksgiving. What is a great lesson and gift of God that enables us to enjoy life?
 

13th The Power To Enjoy (Ecclesiastes 6:1-12) — Experiencing joy certainly pleases us. Faith and obedience based on faith is what pleases God. Have we assimilated where the enabling power to enjoy originates?
 

14th Who Is In Charge? (Ecclesiastes 7:1-14) — Life is full of the adversity. Does this make us anxious or fearful? Have we discovered and trusted God's wisdom and love or do we try to control our future?
 

15th Fearing God (Ecclesiastes 7:15-22) — Are we waiting to acknowledge God's presence at the end of our life someday, or do we know His presence now? What are some components of fearing God?
 

16th Looking For Love (Ecclesiastes 7:23-28) — The billion dollar industry of internet pornography is a snare today for many. Devoid of any relationship, it takes one away from the only relationship that truly satisfies.
 

17th The Benefits Of Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 7:29-8:1) — Media bombardment encourages us to always imitate and copy somebody else, but God made us individually unique. Have we discovered the benefits of godly wisdom?
 

18th Can We Trust The Government? (Ecclesiastes 8:2-15) — Obedience is sometimes difficult and produces uncertainty. Does God want us to struggle & puzzle over what we should do? What about trusting the government?
 

19th Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life (Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:6) — We soon run out of brain power when trying to find answers to the mystery of life. Is understanding everything in Scripture necessary before accepting it as truth?
 

20th The Gift Of God's Approval (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10) — God's approval is always received and not earned. How many of us struggle to please God? Why is this always a vain attempt on our part?
 

21st Who Wins The Race? (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12) — The sovereignty of God is an important attribute of God to realize and trust. Our own efforts will never trump God's sovereignty. Have we rested in that knowledge?
 

22nd The Wisdom That Frees (Ecclesiastes 9:13-18) — Real wisdom is the application of the knowledge & freedom contained in God's word. Do we lean on our own understanding or simply seek to know the Reality revealed?
 

23rd The Dangers Of Digging Pits (Ecclesiastes 10:1-15) — Without thinking we follow the secular wisdom around us, wisdom that looks good and feels right, but nevertheless is foolishness. What about the wisdom of the Word?
 

24th A Little Bird Told Me (Ecclesiastes 10:16-20) — When supportive talk seems out of vogue, how easy it is to passionately complain about the government. Do our conversations betray a lack of trust in the Godhead?
 

25th Live Generously (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6) — Giving is a way of relieving need, but oftentimes needs are not expressed because people in their pride hide their needs. Do we have a sensitive spirit of generosity?
 

26th What To Do While You're Young (Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) — Youth with all its glory and energy is full of opportunity. While still young are we increasingly thoughtful and mindful of our relationship with the living Lord? How so?
 

27th Before Its Too Late (Ecclesiastes 12:1-8) — Have we experienced the joy of learning the Scriptures while young? As we get older it is more difficult to change, yet it's never too late to willingly root and grow in Christ.
 

28th The Need For The Truth (Ecclesiastes 12:9-12) — The truth is always attacked by a multiplicity of lies. Have we been guided by the Word of God? Have we discovered the simple, powerful, and restful truth in Christ?
 

29th The Secret Of Wholeness (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) — We all desire to be complete and whole in all areas of our lives. But what is the secret of this wholeness? What does it mean to fear God and how are we to do it?

John Stevenson
Sermons on Ecclesiastes

Introduction to Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11. The Emptiness of Life
Ecclesiastes 1:12 - 2:26. The Great Experiment
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22The Seasons of Life
Ecclesiastes 4:1-16. One is the Loneliest Number
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7. Wisdom in the House of God
Ecclesiastes 5:8-20. Riches and Wealth
Ecclesiastes 6:1-12. The Unfulfilled Life
Ecclesiastes 7:1-14. The Better and the Best
Ecclesiastes 7:15-29. Wisdom in a Wayward World
Ecclesiastes 8:1-17. Dealing with the Out of Control
Ecclesiastes 9:1-18. Living While You Live
Ecclesiastes 10:1-20. Wisdom to Live By
Ecclesiastes 11:1-10. How Shall We Then Live?
Ecclesiastes 12:1-8. Before It's Too Late
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14. Follow the Directions

Moses Stuart
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
Verse by Verse
1851

Spurgeon: Full and minute, with most instructive introductions. It is unnecessary to say that Moses Stuart is a great authority, though not all we could wish as to spirituality.

Preface & Intro Notes - 110 pages
Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Aaron Sturgill
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
More Topically Arranged

Ecclesiastes 1 - The Vanity of Wisdom
Ecclesiastes - The Vanity of Pleasure
Ecclesiastes - Wisdom vs Folly
Ecclesiastes - The Vanity of Labor
Ecclesiastes 3 - A Time for Everything
Ecclesiastes - God's Sovereignty Over an Evil World
Ecclesiastes - The Allowances of a Sovereign God

Joseph Sutcliffe
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Introduction

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

John Trapp
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Spurgeon: "Would it be possible to eulogize too much the incomparably sententious and suggestive folios of John Trapp? Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers." - Lectures to My Students

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Bob Utley
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Preface & Intro Notes - 110 pages
Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Ralph Wardlaw
Lectures on Ecclesiastes
1821

Spurgeon: Wardlaw is always good, though not very brilliant. He may be relied upon, when not critical, and he generally excites thought.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Ecclesiastes 2:12-26
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, 4:1-3
Ecclesiastes 4:4-16
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Ecclesiastes 5:8-20
Ecclesiastes 6:1-12

Ecclesiastes 7:1-6
Ecclesiastes 7:7-14

Ecclesiastes 7:15-22
Ecclesiastes 7:23-29
Ecclesiastes 8:1-8
Ecclesiastes 8:9-17
Ecclesiastes 9:1-10
Ecclesiastes 9:11-18
Ecclesiastes 10:1-10
Ecclesiastes 10:11-20
Ecclesiastes 11:1-8
Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10, 12:1-7
Ecclesiastes 12:8-14

Today in the Word
Ecclesiastes
Moody Bible Institute

Ecclesiastes 1
Ecclesiastes 2
Ecclesiastes 3
Ecclesiastes 4
Ecclesiastes 5
Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 7
Ecclesiastes 8
Ecclesiastes 9
Ecclesiastes 10
Ecclesiastes 11
Ecclesiastes 12

Ecclesiastes 7:8
AN OBSERVATION OF THE PREACHER

NO. 3072
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26TH, 1907,
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON,
ON LORD’S-DAY EVENING, DEC. 25TH, 1864.

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” — Ecclesiastes 7:8.

SOME translators read this passage, “Better is the end of a speech than the beginning thereof;” and I doubt not that many of my hearers quite concur in that opinion. You endeavor to be patient when we begin, but as soon as we’ utter the word “finally” your eyes begin, to glisten, for the tedious exercise, you think, will soon be over. And if it. be so, to the hearers, I grant you it, is sometimes so to the speaker. A speaker sometimes finds it. difficult to begin, more difficult to continue to edification, and not difficult to come to a close, but often exceedingly we want to do so. Well. doubtless. can many a young preacher remember, when he first, tried to, speak, how much better he felt the end of the speech to be than the beginning; like the young acrobat, walking upon a rope on high. who tremblingly launches forth., stud timidly puts one foot after the other until he reaches the end of his dangerous task, he was rejoiced to sit down. Far bootes- was the end of the speech than the beginning thereof.
 

I do not think that, is a correct version, or a proper translation, but it, is a great truth; for, if a man should speak what is mischievous, it is a good thing when he has done; it is better that he should have done with it than that he should be continuing in his idle and dangerous talk; and if a man speaks well. and is a good ambassador, and has good tidings to deliver, it. is better that he should have delivered them and fulfilled his mission. Now you have advanced one stage. You have received a truth, on which your souls can feed; and it, is better to. have received it, than not, to have received it,; and hence the end is better than the beginning.


I think we must take the text as it stands with a grain or two of salt. It, is relatively rather than absolutely true.

 

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”

 

That is true;, or we should not find it in Scripture; but the application of its truth is particular, not universal. There are some things which are worse in their ending than in their beginning. It is true, I believe, of all things which proceed according to God’s order, whom God begins them, and God ends them, or when they are begun by God’s direction, conducted in God’s fear, and ended in God’s presence. In such cases. I say the end is better than the beginning; but the text must not be taken to be absolutely and indiscriminately tame in all cases. With a grain or two of salt, however, I think it is a maxim worthy of Solomon.


“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” Some pictures in nature will illustrate this. We compare the beginning the end. The sower goes forth, on a damp and drizzling morning, with his handful of precious seed, which he is loth to spare; and as he scatters it, the rough wind blows into his face, and the frost bites his cheek; and, literally, it may be said, that he “sows in tears”; the beginning, therefore, is by no means pleasant. Then comes the harvest home, with the songs and dances of smiling damsels and joyous swains, whets the produce, of the fields is safely housed; that is the end thereof. I think that everyone can see that the harvest is better than the seedtime. Or a man starts forth upon. a long journey. He takes a staff in, his hand. He prepares himself to climb yonder crags. The storm will come on, but he must press through it.. There will be brooks swollen with the rs, ins, but he must, pass through them all. Summoning courage to his aid, he surmounts every obstacle. He comes in all flushed with the healthy exercise. He has climbed yonder crags; he has passed through the brooks; he has braved the storm; and now he comes to the blazing fire to sit down and rest. himself, for the journey is over. “Better,” says the traveler, “is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. Toil came but now toil is sweetened, for I look back upon it, and can take my rest..” Or, see, the, good ship as the dock gates are opened, and she, is drawn out into the river. Flags are flying, and everyone cheers those who are about to, make a venturesome, voyage to the East Indies. See her, however, coming back up the river, well loaded, to go into dock, and ask the captain, who remembers the rough weather as he passed the, Cape, and the storm, just as he came off the Peninsula and he will tell you that he likes coming up the river much better than going down. Coming home with his ship we’ll freighted, alter a prosperous voyage, he says, with thanks to God, “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” One, more picture. An army of soldiers goes forth to war. Can you look upon them with pleasure,? I know that you crowd the streets, and shout as they march down your thoroughfares; and, truly, it. is a thrilling sight to see the stalwart heroes as they go forth to fight their country’s battles; but when you think of the number of those brave men who, may lie. dead on the battle-ground, and how few may ever return. I am sure, to say the least, it is not a pleasurable sight. But when those, brave men, who have escaped the storm and crash of battle,, return to their native land, and again pass through the streets, they feel, if the spectators do not, that better is the end of war than the beginning thereof. Someone once said he thought there was never a good war, and never a bad peace; and I believe to a very great extent he was right. Peace is of itself an inestimable blessing, and war in itself, whether just or unjust., is a most terrific scourge. So whether, then, you see the sower in the field, or the traveler starting on his journey, or the voyager launching upon the deep, or the warrior going forth to the fight, you are ready to think that. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” I have given you these four pictures because I shall want to use them as I turn from natural things to more spiritual things.’


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I. Let me use this general principle to-night, in the first place, To Soothe Your Regrets.


This year has all but gone. 1864, then, must soon be numbered with the things that were. Perhaps someone says, “Would to God that I had this year to live over again! I have missed many opportunities of doing good, or, when I have availed myself of them, I have not served my God as I could have desired. I have another year left in which to serve the Church, the world, and my God. I have spent another of my talents, and have so, much fewer to put out to usury for my Lord and Master.” Now, do not, regret, clear friend, that the year has passed. It should be rather to you, if you are a believer in Christ, a subject for congratulation. Would you wish to have the year over again, when in sober silence you meditate upon the subject? You have had some sorrows this year. You are like the sailor I spoke of just, now; you have, passed through some storms. Weather-beaten mariner, wouldst thou like, to have the storms of this year over again? Dost, thou remember that dreadful night when the ship was driven so, fearfully by the tempest, or the time when thou wast east upon the reeks, and wouldst thou like to endure the same again? I see thee shake thy head, and say, “No; thank God we weathered that storm, But we don’t want it again.” And, Christians, as you think of the losses, crosses, sufferings, and bereavements which you have had during this year, can you feel any regrets that it, is gone? Must not each one of you say, “I thank God that, stormy voyage is over, and I have, not those temper, as to endure,”?


How many snares have you escaped during the past, year? In looking back, must you not observe that your feel have sometimes almost gone, and your Steps have well nigh slipped? There have been times when sin had almost tripped you up, when the world had almost taken you in its trap, and when the devil had all but wounded you in a mortal part.. You are like a sailor who remembers the rocks by which he has sailed, and the quicksands from which he has escaped. Would you wish to run such risks again? Do you wish, sailor, to go again over the bar at such. a low tide, or to be drifted so unpleasantly near that rock as almost to grate, against it? “No.” says he; “having escaped those dangers, I am thankful that they are over, and have no wish to have them over again.” And are you not grateful, Christian, that another year of temptation has gone for over, and that the arrows, that Satan has shot at, you this year, he can shoot at you no more for ever? Those, sword-cuts we received, which threatened to be mortal, we shall never have to dread again; they are gone: and when I say they are gone, it is implied that their mischief and their power to hurt are gone for over.


But there is another side to this matter. What a multitude of mercies you have enjoyed this year! How good God has been to us!


“When all thy mercies, O my God,

My rising soul surveys;

Transported with the view,

I’m lost In wonder, love, and praise.”

 

Those of us who have traveled in Switzerland, or in other countries where trio views are glorious to look upon, would not wish that we had never seen them; on the contrary, we are glad that our eyes have feasted on those sunny prospects. And you, too, Christian, cannot regret that you have soon God’s mercies, but you will thank God that it has been your privilege to trove enjoyed such favors. There is another reason, then, why you should not regret that the year has passed. I address myself to some who are growing grey. I know there is a tendency in your minds to regret that so many years have gone; but, my dear brethren and sisters in the Lord, if you should do so, I think you would be guilty of a folly unworthy of a believer with such a long experience. Take John Bunyan’s picture of the Christian’s progress. He describes Christian as starting on his pilgrimage to the Celestial City with a burden on his back that Preset him down., wringing his hands for fear, and running beck. use he is afraid that he will be destroyed in the City of Destruction. He has not gone a day’s journey before Be is up to his neck in the Slough of Despond, and floundering in the mire: this is the beginning of the pilgrimage, but see the end; he has come to the river, he dips his foot into it, and though it is chill and cold, it, does not stay him. When he gets midway in the river, how does Bunyan picture him? The angels beckon him from the other side, those very angels whose voices he had heard ringing clear and sweet across the stream, when he wandered in the groves of Beulah, and sat. among the spices there; and now he reaches the bank on the other side., and, leaving his sins, his doubts, his infirmities his mortality behind, his disembodied spirit goes up to the celestial land, and angel attendants conduct him to the pearly gates of the golden-paved city. Oh! infinitely better is the end of a spiritual life than the beginning. Contrast the Slough of Despond with the Celestial City, and human intellect cannot fail to see, how much better, how infinitely better, the end is than the beginning.


Take this picture as a further illustration of the same point: Moses at the beginning of his spiritual career, is seen killing an Egyptian, and burying him in the sand, — just like a, young Christian, full of zeal, but having lille prudence. There is the beginning of his public career. And now I think I see the old man of 120 years, firm of step, with an, eye as clear and piercing as an eagle’s, standing up to address the people whom he has carried, as nursing mother, in his arms; and, having done this, leaving Joshua, his familiar servant, and all others behind, he began to climb to the to? of Pisgah. He has mounted to its loftiest crag, and, leaning over, he begins to take a full view of the Promised Land. He sees the palm trees of Jerusalem and Zion, and B w eye lingers on Bethlehem; he catches glimpses of the blue sea afar off, and the goodly land of Lebanon; and as he looks, one scene melts into the other, and he sees the, face of God, for God himself has come down, and his spirit is taken away with a kiss. As to his body, it is buried where no man knoweth; but as to his soul, it is with God for ever. Truly, in the case of Moses, better was the end than the beginning, and such shall be the spiritual end of every man of God who, with the simplicity and faith of Moses, teal put his tamer in God.


I think this is sufficient to soothe all your regret. Instead of being sorry that these years have passed, thank God for it, and be glad.


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II. I shall now use this general principle to endeavor to Stay Your Forebodings.


It may be that many of you are in darkness, — darkness which may be felt.. You find it very difficult to accept the truth that God is a God of love, and one who cares for you. You are, however, only at the beginning, — the beginning of the ways of Providence. Your poor faith, is ready to be staggered by the sufferings you endure, and unbelief prophesies ten thousand things to fill your soul with doubts and alarms; but the end of all this shall be better than the beginning. Many Christians have more trials in the earlier part of their spiritual life than they ever will have afterwards. “It, is good for a man that he, beat the yoke in his youth.” You must not consider, because the sun is just. now under a cloud, that. he will always be there. It was a little child who said, when there was an eclipse, “Father, the sun is put, out.” It was only a child who said that; no man thought so. Let thy riper experience correct the childishness of thine unbelief. God only hides his face to, show it more clearly by-and-by. The end shall be better than the beginning. Have you not often seen a day which, early in the morning, was heavy with fog and rain? As it carne on, we waited patiently and anxiously, for we wished for fine weather; but those incessant drops of rain still fell. We looked to the wind quarter and to the rain quarter, we looked with hope and then with fear, but the droops fell unceasingly, and there seemed to be no chance of intermission; and yet, ere noon has come, we have seen the sun shining brightly, and we have heard the birds singing more sweetly, and it has been fair weather after rain. Take that morning as a prophecy to your poor, doubting, troubled soul of what your path in life will yet be. You shall yet see that. the end is better than the beginning.


Take one picture as an illustration, and then I will leave this point. Poor Joseph has been slandered by his mistress, his character is under serious imputation, he is put. into the round house by Potiphar, he is a prisoner, and must have prisoner’s fare; and yet I wet that Joseph had never sat upon the throne, of Egypt if he had not. been put into the dungeon. You must “stoop to conquer,” and, like gold, you must be put in the burning coals that you may be refined; but you shall soon come out, and like that gold, when you shall glitter with purity, you shall know that “better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”


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III. And now let us use this simple statement of the text To Encourage Our Faith,


The way of sense is to get everything now; the way of faith, is to get everything in God’s time. The worldly man lives on the present; the Christian lives on the future. It will always greatly strengthen faith if we, according to. God’s Word, look not, so much at present appearances, as at the issue of our lives, which is to make amends for all the toils and disappointments we experience at the commencement of our career.. So surely as God has called you to be a partaker of the kingdom, you must renounce the pleasures of this present world. Look at your Lord and Master; look at his beginning. “He was despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Remember Gethsemane’s blood, sweat, and Gabbatha’s terrible flagellation, and Golgotha’s mount of doom. This is the beginning. Would you see the end?


“The head that once was crown’d with thorns,

Is crown’d with glory now.”


The mighty Victor drags death and hell at his triumphant chariot wheels; he mounts his Father’s throne; and, amidst the acclamations of men and angels, he sits down for ever, and all iris enemies shall, be made his footstool. This is the end, or rather, this is the beginning of the end, for the splendors of the millennium, the second advent, and the eternal honors which shall be cast at Jesu’s feet,, these are the cad. How much better is the glorious end than the sorrowful beginning! “As he ’rs, so are we also, in this world.” You must take the manger, or you shall never take the throne; you must have the cross, or you shall never wear the crown; you must be despised and rejected, or you shall never be, accepted and crowned; you must wade through the mire, or you shall never walk the golden pavement. Cheer up, then, poor Christian! Let this truth be a stay to your soul just near, “Better is the end of a thing than the, beginning thereof.”


I will give you two illustrations, and then leave this point. You see that creeping worm, how contemptible is its appearance! You wish to sweep it away; that is the beginning of the thing. You see that insect with gorgeous wings playing in the sunbeams, sipping at the flower bells, and full of happiness and life; that is the end thereof. That worm, that caterpillar, that maggot,, if you will, is yourself; and you are to be content with that, until you are wrapped up in the chrysalis of death; but you cannot tell what you: shall be after death. All that we know is that, when Christ shall appear, “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” Be content to be like him, a worm, a caterpillar, in the beginning, that, like him, you may be satisfied when you wake up in his present likeness.
Again, you see that rough-looking diamond; it is put upon the wheel of the lapidary. With much care he begins to turn it, and to cut it on all sides It loses much, — much that seemed to. itself costly. Do you see it now? The king is to be crowned, the diadem is put upon the monarch’s head with the trumpet’s joyful sound. There is a glittering ray which flows from that diadem, and it comes from that, very diamond which was cut just now by the lapidary. You, Christian, may venture to compare yourself to such a diamond, for you are one of God’s jewels; and this is the time of the cutting process. You must endure it.. Be of good courage, and ram-tour not. Let faith and patience do their perfect work. In the day when, the crown shall be set. upon the head of “the King eternal, immortal, invisible,” one ray of glory shall stream from you, for you shall be his. “Thou shalt be mine,” saith the Lord, “in the day when I make up my jewels.”


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IV. Have patience with me, in the next place, while I use my text. To Suggest Action,


It is very clear that we cannot have an ending if we have not a beginning. However bright our end might be, we can never know it experimentally unless we begin. The text,, therefore,, suggests the question to each one of us, “Have I begun? Has God begun with me?” The beginning may be dark and gloomy, but, you can never have a bright, ending without it. I know the beginning will involve the sacrifice of many pleasures, and the giving up of friends, — “ pleasures” and “friends” so called; but. you cannot have an ending with the saints of God in heaven unless you have a beginning with the poor and afflicted of his family on earth. I wonder whether there are, some with whom God will begin now. It will be a blessed thing if he should begin with you; but it will be a far more blessed thing for you when he comes to the end. It. will be so blessed, if you should to-night be led by the Holy Spirit to direct your eye with faith to Christ that the very angels before the throne shall have a merrier Christmas because of your conversion.* Can I be mistaken in that, notion? Did not, our Lord Jesus Christ say, concerning the shepherd who had found his, sheep which was lost., “When he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors,” (who, are, they but the angels, who are the, friends and neighbors of Christ in heaven?) “saying unto them. Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep, which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that, repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no sweetly repentance.” In heaven they sing more and with a. more joyful song when sinners turn from the error of their ways. I wonder whether to-night will be, a time for “beginning” with some of you. Oh ! if the Spirit of God is now teaching you your sinner-ship, if you feel that you are lost and mined, I have to. remind you that, on the cross of Calvary, there hung a bleeding Savior, and that-


“There is life for a look at the Crucified One ;”-

 

and the moment thou dost glance at him by faith, the good beginning comes to thee. But, oh! it were vain for fancy to attempt to describe the ending, when the angel convoy shall bear thy ransomed spirit, upward to be beatified for ever, and to be full of eternal life and joy, in the presence of Jesus Christ thy Lord and Savior. May God begin thus with some of you tonight.


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V. -And now, to close,

 

 — The Text Suggests A Most Solemn Enquiry, and the enquiry for each one of us is this, —

 

If my life were to come to an end to-night., would my end be better than my beginning? I said, when I began, that my text must have some salt with it, and here I must use the salt. There are some things that, are best in the beginning and worst at the end. There is, yonder, the sinner’s feast. Bring in the dishes; fill the goblets with sparkling wine; drink deep, and sing right merrily. The lute and the harp are there, and the feasters stand up, and shout, and sing. But what is that, I see? As the night wears away, and the tinming light streams in through the windows, “who hath woo? who hath redness of the eyes?” Truly, the end of such feasts is worse than the beginning. And in that, ward of foul disease where they soon, to sweep together the rank refuse of what once was beauty, exceeding fair to look upon, truly we learn the lesson that, in some cases, the end is worse than the beginning. Beware, thou that goes to the house of strange women, lest thou find that the end thereof is infinitely worse than the beginning. Stay thy feet ore they enter there, lest thou go like a bullock to the slaughter, or a feel to the stocks. And if that one walk be, so notoriously worse in the end than it is in the beginning, such likewise is every walk of sin. See the avaricious man as he accumulates money. Look at the beginning of it; he puts out, his money to interest and makes out his bonds, and takes security for debts, and calls houses and streets after his name; and then see the end of it,. The old man is haggard and wan. He; cannot count his wealth, yet he fears he will die in the workhouse. And when he thinks, in those intervals when his senses come back, and he, realizes his own self, it, is ever with the shuddering thought, “I must part with you, my treasures; I must part with you all, and go back to my mother earth as naked as I came into it.” So that, you see,, there are times when the ending of a thing is a great deal worse, than the beginning.


Someone will doubtless say, “I am not like these men; I am neither debauched nor avaricious.” Well, I will take you at the best.. Here is your beginning; you are a respectable attendant at a place of worship; you go because others go, not because your heart is right with God. Tiffs is your beginning. I will suppose that, for the next twenty or thirty years, you will be spared to go on as you do now, professing religion as far as outward attendance upon the means of grace will make a profession, but having no heart in the matter. Shall I show you your end? Be hushed and silent, tread softly, for I must show you the deathbed of such an one as yourself. Let us gaze upon him gently. Let us not disturb him. A clammy sweat is on his brow, and he wakes up, and cries, “O God, it is hard to die!” He says. to his friends, “Did you send for my minister? .... Yes, he is coming.” The minister comes, and the poor fellow says to him, “Sir, I fear that I am dying.” “Have you any hope? I cannot say that I lave arty. I shall have to stand before my God; oh, pray for me!” The prayer is offered for him with sincere earnestness, and the way of salvation is for the ten thousandth time again put before him; but before he has grasped the rope, I see him sink. Shall I picture the scene further? I may put my finger upon those eyelids, for they will never see anything here again. But. where is the man, and where are the man’s true eyes? Christ said, of the rich man, “In hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments; “and it is so with. this man; but why did he not lift up his eyes before? Because he got so accustomed to hear the gospel that his soul went to sleep under it. He cannot sleep now, “being in torments.” There is no sleep in hell. Oh, what & blessing sleep would be if it, could enter the habibation of the damned! Alas! if ally of you should lift up your eyes the, what a sight you will behold! Here, if you drop off to sleep, and wake up in the Tabernacle, you see the faces of attentive listeners hearing words of mercy; there, when first you lift up your eyes, you will gaze into visages more marred with pain than any you have ever soon before; and if you ask them the, cause of their awful grief, and why agony, as with a. red-hot ploughshare, has made such deep furrows in their cheeks, they will tell you that, you need not ask them, for you will soon learn the reason yourself. I cannot picture it. Let the Savior’s own words tell you the terrible truth: “The rich man cried and said, Father Abraham, have, mercy, on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.” There is a frightful meaning in those words. May you never have to, spell it out by the red light, of Jehovah’s wrath!


“Ye sinners, seek his grace,

Whose wrath ye cannot bear;

Fly to the shelter of his cross,

And find salvation there?


Ere this last Sabbath of the year closes, I pray that the Lord may come down in mercy, and visit those who have not yet received Christ. that of them it may be rarely said, “Better is the end of this year than the beginning thereof.” God grant it, for Jesus’ sake! Amen.

 

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