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Ecclesiastes

Author – Solomon
Time – 960 B.C.

Summary – The name Ecclesiastes comes from the root meaning "to assemble together". As such, the book forms a collection of many wise sayings and proverbs of Solomon. The book is mainly composed of observations of life. Solomon, having lived a full life with all its pleasures, concludes that life is "vanity". "Vanity" in Ecclesiastes, and elsewhere in Scripture, does not mean foolish pride, but the emptiness of life apart from God. It means "that which soon vanishes away". What better man to speak about life than a man who was given all it had to offer. Without God, life would be meaningless, and all his worldly possessions would amount to nothing. Therefore, the conclusion of his studies states that man should love and fear God and obey His commandments.

Passage
Subject
1 v 1 to 11 The futility of all human endeavours
1 v 12 to 2 v 26 The test of practical experience
3 v 1 to 22 Menís opportunity limited by time
4 v 1 to 16 Human folly greatly increased by oppression
5 v 1 to 8 Folly of insincere worship
5 v 9 to 6 v 2 Vanity of riches
6 v 3 to 11 v 6 Vanity of human desires
11 v 7 to 12 v 8 Advice and warning to youth
12 v 9 to 14 Conclusion

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