Ecclesiastes Commentaries

 

THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES
The Search for Significance
The Quest for Contentment
The Pursuit of Purpose

Exploration Exhortation
All
is Vanity
Vanity
of Doing
Vanity
of Having
Vanity
of Being
Using Life
Well
Source of True Living
Ec 1:1-18 Ec 2:1-26 Ec 3:1-6:12 Ec 7:1-9:18 Ec 10:1-11:10 Ec 12:1-14
Declaration
of Vanity
Demonstration
of Vanity
Deliverance
from Vanity
Subject Sermons Summary
Fickleness of Life
Versus
Fear of the Lord
Place:
"Under the Sun"
Decades of Searching
(in the days of King Solomon)
circa 936BC
King Solomon
Author

Key Words:

God - 41x/36v - Eccl 1:13; 2:24, 26; 3:10-11, 13-15, 17-18; 5:1-2, 4, 6f, 18-20; 6:2; 7:13-14, 18, 26, 29; 8:2, 12-13, 15, 17; 9:1, 7; 11:5, 9; 12:7, 13-14

Under the sun - 29x in 27v - Eccl 1:3, 9, 14; 2:11, 17-20, 22; 3:16; 4:1, 3, 7, 15; 5:13, 18; 6:1, 12; 8:9, 15, 17; 9:3, 6, 9, 11, 13; 10:5

Vanity - 22x/16v - Eccl 1:2, 14; 2:11, 15, 19, 21, 23, 26; 3:19; 4:4, 7-8, 16; 5:10; 6:2; 12:8

Wise - 24x/23v - Eccl 2:14-16, 19; 4:13; 6:8; 7:4-5, 7, 16, 19, 23; 8:1, 5, 17; 9:1, 11, 15, 17; 10:2, 12; 12:9, 11

Wisdom - 27x/24v - Eccl 1:13, 16-18; 2:9, 12-13, 21, 26; 7:10-12, 19, 23, 25; 8:1, 16; 9:10, 13, 15-16, 18; 10:1, 10

Fool (ish) - 25x/23v - Eccl 2:14-16, 19; 4:5, 13; 5:1, 3-4; 6:8; 7:4-6, 9, 17, 25; 9:17; 10:1-3, 12, 14-15

Righteous (ness) - 11x/9v - Eccl 3:16f; 5:8; 7:15f, 20; 8:14; 9:1f (cf Justice - Ec 3:16, 5:8)

Wicked (ness) - 10v/8v - Eccl 3:16f; 7:15, 17; 8:10, 14; 9:2; 10:13

Evil - 20x/18v - Eccl 2:21; 4:3; 5:1, 13, 16; 6:1; 7:25; 8:3, 8, 11-14; 9:3, 12; 10:5; 12:1, 14

Labor* - 26x/19v - Eccl 2:10f, 18-22, 24; 3:13; 4:4, 6, 8f; 5:15, 18f; 6:7; 8:17; 9:9

Toil - 6x/6v - Eccl 3:9; 5:16, 18; 8:15; 9:9; 10:15

Rich* - 8x.8v - Eccl 4:8; 5:12-14, 19; 6:2; 10:6, 20 (Wealth - 4x/4v - Eccl 1:16; 5:19; 6:2; 9:11)

Wilkinson and Boa write - Ecclesiastes is a profound book recording an intense search by the Preacher (traditionally understood to be Solomon) for meaning and satisfaction in life—in spite of the inequities inconsistencies, and seeming absurdities of life on earth. The key word in Ecclesiastes is vanity, the futile emptiness of trying to make sense out of life apart from God. Looked at “under the sun” (Pr 8:17), Life’s pursuits lead only to frustration. Power, prestige, pleasure—nothing can fill the God-shaped void in man’s life—except God Himself But seen from His perspective, life becomes meaningful and fulfilling Skepticism and despair melt away when each day is viewed as a gift from God. (Talk Thru the Bible)

G Campbell Morgan - Ecclesiastes is an inspired confession of failure and pessimism, when God is excluded, when man lives under the sun, and forgets the larger part, which is always over the sun, the eternal and abiding things. If you want to know what a man of great privilege, and of great learning and great wisdom can come to, read this record of a man who has put God out of count in his actual life.

J Sidlow Baxter - The book of Ecclesiastes is a sermon. There is the announcement of a theme, a brief -introduction, a developing of the theme, and a practical application in conclusion. The theme is: What is the chief good? The standpoint is that of natural reason. We are meant to see where the quest for the chief good leads us when conducted simply on the ground of natural experience, observation, and induction. In the opening verse (and six times later) the author styles himself Koheleth, which is translated as "the preacher" (though perhaps the Hebrew term rather conveys the idea of "Master of Assemblies," or "Teacher"). Our title, "Ecclesiastes," comes from Ecclesiastes, the Latin form of the Greek word for a preacher. Who was this preacher-author of Ecclesiastes? Despite all that has been said to the contrary, we resolutely hold that he was Solomon. (Explore the Book)

David Fairchild (sermons) - Fairchild: Many in our day are looking for a purpose to exist. A purpose profound enough, big enough, consuming enough, that it grabs us by the shirt collar and demands our attention. Many are looking for a reason for living that will plumb the depths of our passions and sustain us until we breathe our last. That’s why this book of Ecclesiastes is such a helpful pre-evangelism tool to use with our unsaved friends. I encourage you to seek out someone with whom you can share a copy of this book (and Swindoll’s helpful guide) and discuss its perspective. But I find that too often Solomon’s perspective of futility mirrors my own thinking as a believer .. how can that be? We all need to be reminded of the vast difference between the worldview of humanism vs one who is united to Jesus Christ and living for eternity. Solomon’s Technique: literary pessimism. It’s a negative argument to demonstrate a profound truth. To learn the true meaning of life … first view life apart from God – see it in all of its futility … then the layer of God-connectiveness can be added and it will mean something

Ray Stedman - Ecclesiastes is a collection of what man is able to discern under the sun, i.e., in the visible world. The book does not take into consideration revelation that comes from beyond man's powers of observation and reason. It is an inspired, an accurate book. It guarantees that what it reports is what people actually believe. but it is an examination of those beliefs.

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

BILL BALDWIN
Ecclesiastes
This Meaningless Life 
A Study in the Book of Ecclesiastes by Bill Baldwin

Introduction 
The Author and His World 
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 
Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 
Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 
Ecclesiastes 5:1-9 
Ecclesiastes 5:10-6:9 
Ecclesiastes 6:10-8:1
Ecclesiastes 8:2-17 
Ecclesiastes 9:1-12
Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:15
Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:6
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

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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Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Albert Barnes
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

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Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

George Barton
Commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes
1908

Helps to know Hebrew

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

Brian Bell
Sermon Notes Ecclesiastes
Calvary Chapel Murrieta

Ecclesiastes 1:1-3

Ecclesiastes 1:4-18

Ecclesiastes 2

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 5

Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 7:1-4

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29

Ecclesiastes 8

Ecclesiastes 9

Ecclesiastes 10

Ecclesiastes 11

Ecclesiastes 12

Joseph Benson
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

Bible.org Resources
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Ecclesiastes 1
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Ecclesiastes 6 Ecclesiastes 7
Ecclesiastes 8
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Ecclesiastes 10
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Ecclesiastes 12

Biblical Illustrator
Ecclesiastes

Note: The sermons are an older genre and the illustrations are of variable quality.

See same resource but in verse by verse format

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

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.

Preface

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

Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Verse by verse comments which offer some useful insights.

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Century Bible Commentary
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Comments are lucid, generally literal and generally verse by verse.

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Adam Clarke
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

critique

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Thomas Constable
Expository Notes on Ecclesiastes

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
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John Dummelow Commentary
Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

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.

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

Easy English
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

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

David Fairchild
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
Word Documents
Updated January 11, 2016
~200 pages = functions like an expositional commentary

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

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 Gill
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary
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GotQuestions
Related to Ecclesiastes

Book of Ecclesiastes - Bible Survey

What is synonymous parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is antithetical parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

What is synthetic parallelism in Hebrew poetry?

Who is the Preacher in Ecclesiastes?

What should we learn from the life of Solomon?

What does it mean that everything is meaningless?

What does it mean that there is nothing new under the sun?

What does it mean that there is a proper time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8)?

What does it mean that we have eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11)?

How is sorrow better than laughter (Ecclesiastes 7:3)?

What does it mean to be overrighteous and overwise (Ecclesiastes 7:16)?

What does it mean that the dead know nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5)?

What is the meaning of life?

What does the Bible say about how to find purpose in life?

How should a Christian view wealth-

Joe Guglielmo
Ecclesiastes Notes

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David Guzik
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

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

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

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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.

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

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.

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

Matthew Henry
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

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.

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

Leon Hyatt
Commentary Notes on the
Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1 - 1:1-2 Authorship, Date, Theme and Structure

Ecclesiastes 2 - 1:3-11 Introduction of the Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 3 - 1:12-18 Surveying All Done On Earth Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 4 - 2:1-11 Pleasure Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 5 - 2:12-17 Great Knowledge Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 6 - 2:18-4:16 Hard Work Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 7 - 5:1-5 Hasty Speech Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 8 - 5:8-6:9 Great Wealth Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 9 - 6:10-7:29 Self-Righteousness Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 10 - 8:1-9:10 Human Wisdom Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 11 - 9:11-11:8 Human Achievement Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 12 - 11:9-12:8 Youth Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 13 - 12:9-12 Excessive Study Is Vanity

Ecclesiastes 14 - 12:13-14 Conclusion

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.

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

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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..

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 7 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

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

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

Lange's Commentary
Ecclesiastes
Otto Zockler

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.

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

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
Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary
Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary
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Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 6 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 9 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

F B Meyer
Our Daily Homily
Our Daily Walk
Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1

Ecclesiastes 2

Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3:1 Timeliness (ODW)

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 The Value of Friendship (ODW)
Ecclesiastes 5
Ecclesiastes 6
Ecclesiastes 7
Ecclesiastes 8
Ecclesiastes 9
Ecclesiastes 10
Ecclesiastes 11
Ecclesiastes 12

Henry Morris
Defender's Study Bible Notes
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

Miscellaneous Resources
Commentaries, Sermons, Devotionals

Journal Articles Online - Listing of these articles does not signify I agree with all of the content so Be a Berean!

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
Review of William P Brown's book entitled "Ecclesiastes. Interpretation"
Review of Craig Bartholomew's Ecclesiastes. Baker commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms
Review of Iain Provan's "Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. The NIV Application Commentary"
Review of R E Murphy's Ecclesiastes in Word Biblical Commentary
William Barrick
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 Overview Kenneth Boa
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 - 18 pages - each chapter has Matthew Henry's comments and a few questions.

Bible Study Guide

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

Bible Charts
Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth): Enigmatic Pessimist or Godly Sage? (Grace Theological Journal 7.1, p 21-56, 1986) Ardel B Caneday
On Wings of Eternity - The Message of Ecclesiastes Imanuel Christian
Ecclesiastes, 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Proverbs (Solomon Reflects) David Colburn
Wisdom for the Successful - The Message of Ecclesiastes Mark Dever

Ecclesiastes Devotional - 36 page 5 week study (5 days per week) with each day having a section to read, followed by verse of the day, brief commentary, questions for reflection and prayer points. Excellent tool to study this book which is not familiar to many saints.

Grace Life
Ecclesiastes - Concise Bible Commentary James Gray
Ecclesiastes - Scope and Plan Of the Book of Ecclesiastes William Henry Green
Multiple Choice quiz on Ecclesiastes
Fill in the Blank Quiz
Ted Hildebrandt
Ecclesiastes - A Working Bibliography - 90 pages, mostly journal articles, no comments or critiques (just a Bibliographic list) Ted Hildebrandt
The Poetical Books
The Stewardship of Time
J. Hampton Keathley, III
Christ in All the Scriptures - Ecclesiastes

This book is one long comment on the words of Christ, ''Whoso drinketh of this water shall thirst again'' [John 4:13].

The expression ''under the sun'' occurs no less than twenty-eight times, and nowhere else in the Bible. It may be taken as the Key-note of the book. ''Under the heaven'' is thrice mentioned, and ''upon the earth'' seven times. The word ''vanity'' occurs thirty-seven times [the Hebrew word means ''a vanishing vapor,'' or, ''emptiness'']. Nearly forty times in this book, does the Spirit of God name the earth and the things belonging to the earth. It is only in the last few verses that we get ''above the sun.''

If life be viewed apart from God, it becomes an insoluble problem; all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Exclude God from the world, and scepticism and materialism must be the inevitable result. The chief design of the book is to test things in order to prove how inadequate they are to satisfy the deepest and truest longings of the human heart. Its problem is-- Can the world, apart from God, meet man's need? The verdict is, ''All is vanity.''

What Shall It Profit? [Ecc 1:3; cp. Mark 8:36]

Who is it that propounds this problem? It is one who was in the very best position to judge. One who possessed everything the world could give, not only of material things, but of intellectual gifts also. Solomon-- ''the peaceful one''-- was intended to be the great ideal king. In the First Book of Kings, we see the extent of his possessions. A large, well-defined, fertile territory, peace within and around his kingdom; an enormous revenue to spend, wealth practically limitless; all the interests of new commerce and exploration. Insight and penetration above all men, sympathy with all men and things, the interest of starting classifications of science, and of forming books of maxims and songs. The respect and admiration of all his contemporaries. The power of expressing his thoughts in words (1Kings ch. 4; 8; and 10; Ecc 2:1-11). Wealth, youth, and strength were all on his side at the commencement of his reign, and, unlike other Easterns, he was never idle. He spent a number of years in building the Temple, a worthy work for such a king. His actual possessions and his power of insight and penetration lift him into a position from which he can really view the whole of life, and the limit of what it can afford. Here is philosophical insight fully developed; the great problem stated, but not solved; the diagnosis of the disease, but not the remedy. The book presents the world in its best aspect, yet says emphatically, ''Satisfaction is not there.''

''Only in the last two verses do we find the solution [Eccl 12:13,14]. Here Solomon gets above the sun, and things begin at once to disentangle and straighten. Love God, obey Him, trust Him, and all will be well with you; for the judgment approaches in which all wrongs will be righted, and all mysteries cleared up, and you will be made glad with a joy unspeakable. This is the key to the book. Live under the sun, rise no higher, and doubt and unbelief will ensue. Live above the sun, spend the days with God, and light and peace you shall have.'' Outline Studies in the Books of the Old Testament, W. G. Moorehead]

A New Center.

In chapter 2, we have a striking parallel to Romans 7. Both chapters are bristling with the personal pronoun ''I,'' and the result, in both, is failure and disaster. In Ecclesiastes 2, Solomon says, ''I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth... I said, I sought, I made, I builded, I planted, I got, I gathered, so I was great. Then I looked, and behold all was vanity and vexation of spirit.'' The pronoun ''I'' occurs thirty-six times, and over thirty times in Romans 7. That New Testament chapter is the expression of what the Apostle's experience would be, any moment, apart from Christ. As he looks at himself, all is failure, vanity and vexation. But in Romans 8, as he looks at Christ, he loses sight of himself. The pronoun of the first-person hardly occurs; he is taken up with the contemplation of God, of Christ, of the Spirit. The Divine Name occurs abundantly all through the chapter, and the result is ''No condemnation,'' ''more than conquerors,'' ''no separation.''

When self is the center of our life, and everything is looked at from that standpoint, all is failure. When we find in Christ a new center and everything revolves around Him, then all falls into its right place, and we find rest and satisfaction to our souls. We begin then to ask about everything-- not ''How will this affect me?'', but ''How will this affect my Lord and Master?'' Does it touch His honor? Does it bring glory to Him?

White Robes.

There is a verse in Ecclesiastes which takes us into the very atmosphere of John's first Epistle. ''Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.'' (Ecc 9:8). Obviously, this does not allude to outward things. But how can we keep ourselves unspotted in such an evil world? and how can we be continually ''unto God a sweet savour of Christ''? [2Cor 2:15]. ''The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.'' [1Joh 1:7]. As we walk in the light as He is in the light, and abide under the power of His shed blood, we can be kept clean. ''Ye have an unction from the Holy One... and the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you.'' [1Joh 2:20,27]. As we abide under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, He will abide with us for ever.

The Little City.

Again, this book contains a little parable. It is not a type, it is not a prophecy, but a simple little story with a beautiful truth hidden in it for those who believe that all parts of the Scripture converge towards One Center (Ecc 9:14,15).

''There was a little city, and few men in it''-- a picture of this earth which the Lord hath given to the children of men; a speck in His great universe, yet He is mindful of man.

''And there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.'' ''The Prince of this world cometh,'' Christ said; and he, the god of this world, has blinded the minds of men, lest the light of the glorious Gospel should shine unto them; so successfully has he laid siege to the city of Mansoul [ie., man's soul]. [cp. John 14:30; 2Cor 4:4]

''Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city.'' We know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, though He was rich, for our sakes became poor, and was found in fashion as a man, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross [2Cor 8:9; Php 2:6-8]. The preaching of that Cross is unto them that perish foolishness, but unto us who are saved, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God [1Cor 1:18,24].

''Yet no man remembered that same poor man.'' ''My people have forgotten Me days without number'' [Jer 2:32], ''forgotten that they were purged from their old sins'' [2Pet 1:9]. ''Of the ten cleansed there were not found that returned to give glory to God save this stranger'' [Luke 17:17,18]. Oh, redeemed children of men, ''forget not all His benefits!'' [Psa 103:2]

''Both alike Good.''

Chapter 11 contains words of encouragement to the worker for Christ. ''Cast thy seed-corn on the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.'' When the Nile overflows in Egypt, the rice grain is literally cast upon the fields while they are under water, to spring up in due season. In the parable of the sower, Christ tells us plainly that ''the seed is the word'' [Luke 8:4-15]. The ground, be it shallow, or trodden down, or preoccupied, or good-- that is, soft and empty, and receptive-- is the human heart. From this parable, we see that the heart of man contains nothing of the good seed of the Kingdom to begin with-- it has to be sown. The work of sowing the good seed of the Kingdom is always an act of faith. We cannot tell what sort of ground it will fall upon, but in this passage in Ecclesiastes, God gives the faithful sower the benefit of the doubt as to its success. ''Thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.'' Therefore, we are to be diligent in sowing, whether it be morning or evening, and whichever way the wind blows (11:6,4). ''Preach the word,'' Paul says to the youthful Timothy; ''be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine'' [2Tim 4:2].

''Those that seek Me early shall find Me.'' [Prov 8:17; cp. Prov 1:24-33]

The book closes with a call to the young: ''Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment'' [Ecc 11:9]. The intention of the writer evidently is not to encourage the young to follow the dictates of their own heart without reference to God's will. He warns them of the result of such a course: ''Therefore, remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.' [11:10 - 12:1-7].

This book is given as a danger-post, that we may be spared the bitterness of learning the vanity of the things of earth by finding their waters to fail; that we may choose the Lord's delightsome service of our own free will.

Those who have studied the subject have found that by far the largest proportion of men and women who are living to serve the Lord have chosen that service in childhood; that the proportion of those who are converted to God late in life is very small. How important, then, that the children should be won for Christ, that this most fertile soil should be claimed for Him, that the children should be led to accept His invitation: ''Suffer [ie., allow] the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me'' [Mark 10:14].

A M Hodgkin

Holman Christian Standard Bible Study Bible - Nice study notes but requires you to set up a free account.

Holman Publishing
Ecclesiastes Bible images - Google Images
Life and Death in Biblical Perspective: Genesis 5, Ecclesiastes 1, 1 Cor 15:50-58 Dan T. Lioy
Overview of Ecclesiastes - only one page 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)

Author and Date - The autobiographical profile of the book’s writer unmistakably points to Solomon. Evidence abounds such as: 1) the titles fit Solomon, “son of David, king in Jerusalem” (Eccl 1:1) and “king over Israel in Jerusalem” (Eccl 1:12); 2) the author’s moral odyssey chronicles Solomon’s life (1Ki 2–11); and 3) the role of one who “taught the people knowledge” and wrote “many proverbs” (Eccl 12:9) corresponds to his life. All point to Solomon, the son of David, as the author. Once Solomon is accepted as the author, the date and occasion become clear. Solomon was writing, probably in his latter years (no later than ca. 931 B.C.), primarily to warn the young people of his kingdom, without omitting others. He warned them to avoid walking through life on the path of human wisdom; he exhorted them to live by the revealed wisdom of God (Eccl 12:9–14). (Ed: Bolding added to emphasize that this is almost assuredly written by Solomon -- contrast the comment in the NIV Study Bible introduction below).

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
Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon - Overview Bill McRae
Living Messages of the Books of the Bible - Ecclesiastes G Campbell Morgan
The Message of Ecclesiastes - 27 page article in Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal Robert McCabe
Outline Studies in the Books of the Old Testament W. G. Moorehead
Intro to Ecclesiastes

Author and Date - No time period or writer’s name is mentioned in the book, but several passages suggest that King Solomon may be the author (Eccl 1:1,12,16; 2:4–9; 7:26–29; 12:9; cf. 1Ki 2:9; 3:12; 4:29–34; 5:12; 10:1–8). On the other hand, the writer’s title (“Teacher,” Hebrew qoheleth; see note on 1:1), his unique style of Hebrew and his attitude toward rulers (suggesting that of a subject rather than a monarch—see, e.g., 4:1–2; 5:8–9; 8:2–4; 10:20) may point to another person and a later period. (Ed comment: While it "may point to another" the internal evidence almost assuredly points to Solomon as the author. See John MacArthur's comments above regarding the Authorship of Ecclesiastes. See also Swindoll's comments below).

NIV Study Bible
Through the Bible Book by Book - Ecclesiastes Myer Pearlman
A Study of Ecclesiastes (Concordia Theological Monthly) Anson F. Rainey
Ecclesiastes - Reformation Study Bible Notes Reformation Study Bible
The Structure and Unity of Ecclesiastes (Bib Sac 154: 297-319, 1997) James S. Reitman

The Theology of Ecclesiastes - Excerpt...

Summary - “Because man’s existence is perforated with puzzles, the pieces of which he can never assemble, his only recourse is to attain a posture of faith toward his life under the sun and to live it to the hilt knowing that someday the puzzle will be assembled by the One who created it and who will judge every deed.” (Howard Baker, “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- The Inspired Book of Error Ray Stedman
Book of Ecclesiastes Overview - Insight for Living Ministries

Click for summary chart of Ecclesiastes

Who wrote the book? The title “Ecclesiastes” comes from a Greek word indicating a person who calls an assembly, so it makes sense that the author identified himself in Ecclesiastes 1:1 by the Hebrew word qoheleth, translated as “Preacher.” Despite leaving only this rather mysterious name to indicate his identity, evidence in the book, along with most Jewish and Christian tradition, suggests that King Solomon authored Ecclesiastes. The Preacher went on to call himself “the son of David, king in Jerusalem,” one who has increased in “wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me,” and one who has collected many proverbs (Ecclesiastes 1:1, 16; 12:9). Solomon followed David on the throne in Jerusalem as the only Davidic son to rule over all Israel from that city (Eccl 1:12). He was the wisest man in the world during his time (1 Kings 4:29–30) and wrote most of the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 1:1; 10:1; 25:1). Therefore, we can safely identify Solomon as the qoheleth of the opening verse. (Bolding added)

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 - Is Ecclesiastes a Misfit, Doctrine of God in Ecclesiastes, Doctrine of Man in Ecclesiastes.

Excerpts:

Is Ecclesiastes a Misfit? Through the centuries many people have questioned whether the Book of Ecclesiastes belongs in the biblical canon, and especially in the wisdom corpus. Since it seems to underscore the futility and uselessness of work, the triumph of evil, the limitations of wisdom, and the impermanence of life, Ecclesiastes appears to be a misfit. Because it apparently contradicts other portions of Scripture and presents a pessimistic outlook on life, in a mood of existential despair, many have viewed it as running counter to the rest of Scripture or have concluded that it presents only man’s reasoning apart from divine revelation....

The Doctrine of God in Ecclesiastes - Forty times Ecclesiastes uses the word Elohim, and no other name, in speaking of God. As the transcendent God (“God is in heaven,” Eccl 5:2), He is the Creator (Eccl 12:1), “the Maker of all things” (Eccl 11:5). His created works include man, giving him life (Eccl 8:15; 9:9) and a spirit (Eccl 3:21; 12:7), making him upright (Eccl 7:29), and setting eternity in his heart (Eccl 3:11). In His sovereignty God has planned the timing of all things (Eccl 3:1–8), which timing is beautiful (Eccl 3:13), though incomprehensible (Eccl 3:11; 8:17; 11:5) and unalterable by man (Eccl 3:14; 7:13). The events and activities God has under His control include positive elements of life such as birth, planting, healing, upbuilding, joy, searching, keeping, mending, speaking, loving, and enjoying peace—and all their negative opposites (Eccl 3:1–8). All of life is under divine appointment and timing. Qohelet was not approving man’s killing, tearing, hating, or engaging in war; he was simply affirming that these things occur in human experience (because of man’s sin, Eccl 7:29) and that man cannot alter what God has planned....

The Doctrine of Man in Ecclesiastes - Man's Nature - Man’s finiteness is seen in the fact that he is created (Eccl 11:5; 12:1), earthbound (Eccl 5:2), and subject to death (Eccl 3:19–20; 6:6; 7:2; 9:5). He is a rational creature, for he can be guided by his mind (Eccl 2:3), he can evaluate (Eccl 2:11), understand (Eccl 1:17), investigate (Eccl 1:13), observe (Eccl 1:14; 2:12, 24; 3:10; 5:13; 6:1; 7:15; 8:9–10; 9:11, 13; 10:5, 7), reflect (Eccl 1:16; 2:1, 12, 15; 8:9; 12:9), and draw conclusions (Eccl 2:14, 17; 5:18). Human emotions, according to Ecclesiastes, include joy (Eccl 2:10; 9:7, 9; 11:9), love (Eccl 9:1, 6, 9), hatred (Eccl 2:17–18; 9:1, 6), contentment (Eccl 4:8), despair (Eccl 2:20), grief (Eccl 2:23), envy (Eccl 4:4), anger (Eccl 7:9), and sadness (Eccl 7:4)....

Man's Sin - Sin is universal (Eccl 7:20) and inward (Eccl 9:3, “full of evil”). Man’s inner pull toward sin accelerates if he feels he, like others, can get away with sin without immediate punishment (Eccl 8:11)....

Man's Death - Life is fleeting (“few days,” Eccl 2:2; 6:12), and death is certain. All will die (Eccl 2:14–16; 3:18–20; 6:6) including sinners (Eccl 8:10, 12–13; 9:2–3). Since God has appointed the time of each person’s death (Eccl 3:2), man cannot influence when it will occur (Eccl 8:8) or even know when it will occur (Eccl 9:12). Nothing can be taken from this life when a person dies; his exit is like his entrance (Eccl 5:15–16). The dead go to Sheol (Eccl 9:10), that is, the grave, where they have no more opportunity to participate in this life’s activities (Eccl 9:5–6). Death is final....

Man's Responsibilities - (Ed: This conclusion summarizes what are probably the last written words of the wisest man in the OT and thus are worth reviewing). What responsibilities does man have in light of the futilities and mysteries of life? What actions did Qohelet say will aid man in his pursuit of life? At least six suggestions are given in the book.

1. Be wise. While wisdom has its drawbacks (Eccl 1:18), can be nullified by a little folly (Eccl 10:1), is transitory (Eccl 4:13–16; 9:13–16), and does not prevent death (Eccl 2:12), it does have advantages. It is better to be wise than foolish (Eccl 2:13) or famous (4:13–16), for wisdom can help preserve life (Eccl 7:11–12), gives strength (Eccl 7:19), causes one to reflect on the seriousness of life and death (Eccl 7:5), and can brighten a person’s countenance (Eccl 8:1). Mere human wisdom, wisdom acquired by intellectual pursuits, is inadequate, but divine wisdom enables man to rest in the sovereign ways of God and in His providential timing (Eccl 8:5).

2. Worship and please God. Proper worship entails a sense of caution and apprehension in God’s presence (Eccl 5:1–2). Making a commitment to the Lord should be done thoughtfully and without haste, but once having made it the worshiper should follow through on his promise (Eccl 5:4–6). Pleasing God should be man’s deepest desire (Eccl 2:26; 7:26).

3. Remember God. More than a mental exercise, this means to acknowledge His authority and respond with loyalty (Eccl 12:1, 6) and obedience (Eccl 12:13, “keep His commandments”).

4. Fear God. Fearing God stands at the heart of wisdom literature (Job 28:28; Ps. 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 9:10). Hence it is no surprise that in Ecclesiastes man is commanded five times to fear God (Eccl 3:14; 5:7; 7:18; 8:12–13; 12:13), to recognize who He is and to respond accordingly in worship, awe, love, trust, and obedience.

5. Be diligent. Life with its many uncertainties (Eccl 9:11–12) means man knows comparatively little. “You do not know” is stated three times in six verses (Eccl 11:2, 5–6) along with the words “you do not understand” (v. 5) to point up man’s ignorance of which disasters may come and when, where the wind will blow, how the human embryo develops in the womb, or which enterprise or investment will be successful. This ignorance need not paralyze man or stifle him into laziness. Instead one should forget trying to change things that cannot be changed (Eccl 11:3) or trying to predict what cannot be known (Eccl 11:4, 6), and should be hard at work all day (Eccl 11:6), working wholeheartedly (Eccl 9:10) and leaving the results to the Lord. Laziness results in increased problems (e.g., sagging rafters and leaking roofs, Eccl 10:18).

6. Enjoy life. The fact that Solomon admonished his readers not to look for the answer to life in the pleasures of life itself did not rule out his encouraging them to accept their lot (חלק) in life and to be glad for the simple pleasures of life including food, warmth, marriage, and doing good. This theme occurs seven times in the book: Eccl 2:24–26; 3:12–13, 22; 5:18–20; 8:15; 9:7–9; 11:8–9. “These modest pleasures are not goals to live for, but bonuses or consolations to be gratefully accepted.” The fact that these pleasures are for man’s joy and contentment rules out asceticism, and the fact that they are given by God rules out sinful hedonism.

Castellino well summarizes the message of Ecclesiastes: “Therefore: (a) set aside all anxious striving and labor (amal); (b) avoid all speculations on God’s ruling of the world and (c) be thankful to God for whatever satisfaction He gives you, valuing and measuring everything as a gift from Him and enjoying it, never forgetting that you shall have to render strict account to God Himself.”

Roy Zuck

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Biblical Illustrator
Ecclesiastes - 14 sermons - Believers Chapel Dallas Mike Black

Sermons on Ecclesiastes - 50 sermons - all of these are Audios.

Sermons by Dr Michael Ross is recommended (click for list of his sermons).

3rd Millennium
Sermon Series on Ecclesiastes - 10 messages audio only Tom Chantry
On Wings of Eternity Imanuel Christian

Ecclesiastes 1:12 A True Value Heartware Store

Ecclesiastes 1:3 The Profit of All our Labor

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The Pattern of Pessimism

Ecclesiastes 2:15-26 The Meaning of Life and Death

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 God's Time is Now

Ecclesiastes 5:13 The Rich Man and God

Ecclesiastes 7:1 Man's Two Days: Birthday and Death Day

Ecclesiastes 8:4 The Word of King Jesus

Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 Serving God Mightily

Ecclesiastes 10:15 The Way to the City of God

Ecclesiastes 11:1-3 Clouds of Blessing

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember Thy Creator

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remembering God

Ecclesiastes 12:3-5 Our Home in Heaven

Ecclesiastes 12:8-14 The Conclusion of the Whole Matter

W A Criswell
Sermon series on Ecclesiastes - verse by verse David Fairchild

Scripture Index - Ecclesiastes - 95 sermons most are Mp3's with only a few transcripts - e.g., Philip Ryken, Alistair Begg, Kent Hughes, Mark Dever,

Gospel Coalition
Ecclesiastes Overview Steve Kreloff
The Hazards of Discontentment Jeff Miller
MP3s by Chapter - Ecclesiastes Monergism

COMMENTARIES
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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

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

Charles Bridges
The book of Ecclesiastes - its meaning and its lessons.-

Spurgeon - Dr. Buchanan has endeavored in every instance to give the true meaning of the text. His explanations were composed for the pulpit and delivered there. The work is most important, but strikes us as lacking in liveliness of style.

Robert Buchanan
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

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

E W Hengstenberg
Ecclesiastes notes - 65 pages generally verse by verse Daniel Hill

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 1:1-11 An Empty Life (1)- Is Work Enough

Ecclesiastes 1:2 God is Dead - Nihilism

J Ligon Duncan
Ecclesiastes 1:1,12-15 Vanity Fair Derek Thomas
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 1:9 The Cynic's New Year

Ecclesiastes 2 - Beatitudes Part 2- -What Is Happiness-

David Legge
Ecclesiastes 1:1-12:14 Searching for Significance Brian Bill
Ecclesiastes 1:1-14 Meaning for Living Bob Fromm
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 - 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 1:14 Setting the Record Straight - Strength for the Journey
Ecclesiastes 2:11 The Missing Piece - Strength for the Journey
Joe Stowell

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Introduction to Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 Introduction to Ecclesiastes No. 2

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 The Catalog of Time

Robert S. Rayburn
Ecclesiastes 2:1-2 A Beautiful Harlot Sitting in Her Chariot Thomas Brooks

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 An Empty Life (3)- The Emptiness of Hedonism

Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 An Empty Life (4)- The Emptiness of Work

J Ligon Duncan

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 3:1-7 Funeral Message sermon
Ecclesiastes 4:9-4:12 Wedding Message sermon
Live Like You’re Dying
Brian Bill
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 For Everything a Season Billy Dempsey
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 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 7:1 Look Upon Death Thomas Brooks

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 7:2 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 7:19-22 I Am a Sinner Too- What Pastors Need to Remember Ray Pritchard
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
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Have a Blast While You Last
Ray Pritchard

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

James Hastings
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 11:1 - A Modern Gideon Mrs David Cooper
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 12:1-8 Ecclesiastes No. 4

Robert S. Rayburn
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 12:1-14 How to Die Well P. G. Mathew
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 Our God of the Second Chance Brian Bill
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

Tommy Nelson
Sermon Series - Mp3's
Ecclesiastes – Sure Footing in an Unsure World

Ecclesiastes 1:18 The Only Answer to the Ultimate Question
Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 The Enigma of Life, Inequities and God
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 A Healthy Perspective in Life’s Mysteries
Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 Getting Down Wind of Yourself: Solid Counsel for Life
Ecclesiastes 5:1-20 The Discipline of Poise
Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 Wisdom in the Unpredictability of Life
Ecclesiastes 7:1-29 A Final Word or Living with Ease
Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 8 Essential Vitamins of a Child

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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 Not Enough

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 56,000 Hours

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 3:1-13 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 5:9-20 Work And Its Rewards

Ecclesiastes 5:10 The Greed Problem

Ecclesiastes 5:10-17 Working For The Wind

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 7:1-6 Laughing Gas

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 9:13-18 Words of the Wise

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 Stay At Your Post

Ecclesiastes 10:12 Things Said In Secret

Ecclesiastes 10:1-15 Little Foolish

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

Joseph Parker
The People's Bible

Ecclesiastes

Spurgeon has an interesting note: Dr Parker is an able though somewhat----. But stop, he is a near neighbor of ours!

Note: Covers each chapter but not verse by verse. Comments tend to be long and require one to "wade through" for the "gold." Very, very long prayers!

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Looking Beyond the Bucket List Ecclesiastes Death; Eternity Franklin L. Kirksey
The Fear of God Ecclesiastes God, Fear of; Fear of God Franklin L. Kirksey
For A Season Ecclesiastes 3:1 Time; Purpose; Will, God's Alan Stewart
The Acts of God Ecclesiastes 3:14 God, Acts of; Work of God; Purpose of God; Will of God Franklin L. Kirksey
Seasons of God Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Life, Seasons of; Growth; Aging Johnny Hunt
God's Time Is NOW Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Time; Time, God's; Procrastination W. A. Criswell
Seasons of Life Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Life, Seasons of; Christian Living; Time; Purpose Johnny Hunt
When You Need A Friend Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Friendship, The Danger of; Friendship, The Value of; Friend, The Best Franklin L. Kirksey
Giving God More of our Tongue Ecclesiastes 10:11-14 Tongue; Speaking; Words Steve Wagers
Things Money Can't Buy Ecclesiastes 10:19 Money; Materialism Franklin L. Kirksey
The Call of Duty Ecclesiastes 12:13 Duty; Call, God's Alan Stewart

Peter Pett
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Ecclesiastes
Introduction

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E H Plumptre
Ecclesiastes; or, The Preacher
With Notes and Introduction
1888

Preface & Intro Notes -105 pages

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Ray Pritchard
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Something New Under the Sun

Something New Under the Sun- Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – Introduction

Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 Scott’s Story

Ecclesiastes 1:3 The Ultimate Question

Ecclesiastes 1:4-8 The Treadmill

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10. Rainbows, If you see Them

Ecclesiastes 1:11 Faded Photographs

Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 – Big God and Little Me

Ecclesiastes 1:15 Cut It Down and Forget About It

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 What Knowledge Can't Do

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3 Eat Dessert First

Ecclesiastes 2:4-7 The Man Who Had It All

Ecclesiastes 2:8 Money, Sex and Power

Ecclesiastes 2:9 The View from the Penthouse

Ecclesiastes 2:10 King for a Day

Ecclesiastes 2:11 So What?

Ecclesiastes 2:12 The Turtle on the Fence Post

Ecclesiastes 2:13-14 Am I wise or am I foolish?

Ecclesiastes 2:15-16 Temporary Advantages

Ecclesiastes 2:17 I Hated Life

Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 Passing the Baton

Ecclesiastes 2:20-23 God’s Cure for Anxious Care

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 Learning to Enjoy Life

Ecclesiastes 2:26 Are You on God's Side?

Ecclesiastes 3:1. Each Precious Moment

Ecclesiastes 3:2-3 24.Times and Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:4-5 A Time to Laugh

Ecclesiastes 3:6-8 A Time for War

Ecclesiastes 3:9-10 Grasping at Shadows

Ecclesiastes 3:11 A God-Shaped Vacuum

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 Living in the Here and Now

Ecclesiastes 3:14 Nothing Left But God

Ecclesiastes 3:15 Here Comes the Judge

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 Original Sin

Ecclesiastes 3:18-19 Thoughts from the Graveyard

Ecclesiastes 3:20-22 Unanswered Questions

Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 Broken Hearts on Every Corner

Ecclesiastes 4:4-6 The Rare Jewel of Contentment

Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 Alone at the Top

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Together is Better

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 Things We Cannot Control

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 Guard Your Mouth!

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 Does God Bore You

Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 Lost in the Bureaucracy

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 The Money Trap

Ecclesiastes 5:12-14 Lifestyles of the Rich and Frustrated

Ecclesiastes 5:15-17 Death Not the Final Word

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 The 21-Day Prayer Challenge

Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 He Died Too Soon

Ecclesiastes 6:3-6 Stillborn Misery

Ecclesiastes 6:7-8 A Warning to Workaholics

Ecclesiastes 6:9-10 Too Short to Box With God

Ecclesiastes 6:11-12 True Happiness

Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 Lessons from the Funeral Home

Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 Why Angels Fly

Matthew Poole
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Overview

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

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ON ECCLESIASTES

Ecclesiastes 1

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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

Dr Michael Ross
Sermon Series on
Book of Ecclesiastes
Mp3 only but Recommended
Messages are each 40-60'

Suggestion - Take a several weeks (take your time) and read through Ecclesiastes day by day, reading each chapter several times (consider reading in different translations). Then supplement your time in the holy Word illuminated by the Holy Spirit by listening to Dr Ross' wonderful messages. You might even keep a small "Ecclesiastes Notebook" to record your own observations (see the value of inductive Bible study), the points you need to apply to your life and the prayers you would like to pray to your God. You can supplement your observations with Dr Ross' expository messages. Beloved, if you are struggling with trying to find the rare jewel of Christian contentment, Ecclesiastes is for you! There has never been a man who had more than Solomon, only to come to the end of his life and find that true and lasting contentment is found ONLY in God, ultimately ONLY in Christ Jesus, "in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Col 2:3-note).I would suggest that if you dare accept this challenge, your life will never be the same, for you will come to realize that NOTHING in this world will bring the contentment you will find in Jesus!

The Mysterious Hand of God Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 Life Under the Sun — Life Under the Sun

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Life Under the Sun — The Endless Cycles of Life:

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Life Under the Sun — Wine, Women and Song!

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 The Pursuit of Pleasure

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 The Pursuit of Pleasure

Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 The Search for Knowledge

Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 Life Under the Sun — The Search for Significance

Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 The Drive Toward Success

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 Time and Change

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 Life Under the Sun — Time and Change Will Surely Show

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 Life Under the Sun — Living in a System That's Broken

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 A Bent World

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Life Under the Sun — Practical Atheism

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Business with God

Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 Life Under the Sun — God and Politics

Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 Work, Worry and Wealth

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 Life Under the Sun — The Poverty of a Rich Man

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 Life Under the Sun — The Shadowy Snapshots of Life

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Life Under the Sun — The Better Things of Life

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Life Under the Sun — The Four Sides of Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Four Hard-Learned Lessons

Ecclesiastes 8:1-15 Life Under the Sun — God and Government

Ecclesiastes 8:1-15 Between Washington and Heaven

Ecclesiastes 8:16 - 9:18 Life Under the Sun — The Enigmatic Hand of God

Ecclesiastes 9:11-18 Simple Gifts

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20 Life Under the Sun — Come! Be A Fool As Well

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 Life Under the Sun — Be Bold in the Lord

Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 Life Under the Sun — Be Joyful in the Lord

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 Taking the Long View

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 Life Under the Sun — Be Godly in the Lord

Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 Life Under the Sun — Be Wise in the Lord

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Life Under the Sun — The Conclusion of It All...

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 Growing Old in God

C I Scofield
Reference Notes
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Introduction

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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
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Faith's Checkbook

Ecclesiastes 1:7

Ecclesiastes 1:14

Ecclesiastes 7:8

Ecclesiastes 9:4

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Ecclesiastes 10:7

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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
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 4:1-5:20 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
Ray Stedman

Daily Devotions in Ecclesiastes for February
Things That Don't Work
Recommended

1stThe 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?

2ndThe 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?

3rdThe 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?

4thThe 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?

5thA 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?

6thA 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?

7thEternity 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?

8thLet 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?

9thAmbition (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?

10thTwo 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?

11thWatch 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?

12thHow 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?

13thThe 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?

14thWho 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?

15thFearing 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?

16thLooking 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.

17thThe 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?

18thCan 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?

19thAh, 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?

20thThe 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?

21stWho 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?

22ndThe 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?

23rdThe 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?

24thA 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?

25thLive 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?

26thWhat 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?

27thBefore 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.

28thThe 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?

29thThe 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

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Aaron Sturgill
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
More Topically Arranged

Introduction to Ecclesiastes

Life Under the Sun

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

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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

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Bob Utley
Commentary on Ecclesiastes

Preface & Intro Notes - 110 pages

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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
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Ecclesiastes 7
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Ecclesiastes 12

Steve Zeisler
Sermons on Ecclesiastes
Peninsula Bible Church
Updated January 11, 2016

Ecclesiastes 1:1-12 Is Life A Treadmill?

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 The Way To Blessing

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 Having It All--Having Nothing

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Treasure and Heart

Ecclesiastes 2:18-22 Work and Worry

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26, 5:18-20 Wisdom, Knowledge, And Joy

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Is Anyone Listening?

Ecclesiastes 3:16-20 Justice and Love

Ecclesiastes 4:4-9, 5:10-6:6 What Money Can't Buy

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16, 8:2-9 God And Government

Ecclesiastes 9:1-6 Choices That Matter

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12 Before It's Too Late

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 Preparing for the End: Teaching with Authority

7 lessons approaching Ecclesiastes through Sermon on the Mount.

Eccl. 1:1-18, Matt. 5:1-12 The Way To Blessing

Eccl. 2:1-11, Matt. 6:19-24 Treasure and Heart

Good Stewards - Various Scriptures

Eccl. 2:18-22, Matt. 6:25-34 Work and Worry

Eccl. 3:16-20, Matt. 5:43-48 Justice and Love

Eccl. 3:1-11, Matt. 7:7-11 Is Anyone Listening

Eccl. 9:1-6, Matt. 7:13-23 Choices That Matter

Eccl. 12, Matt. 7:24-29 Preparing for the End- Teaching with Authority

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