Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (ESV) 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:11-14 (ESV) 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,     an advantage to those who see the sun. 12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,     and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. 13 Consider the work of God:     who can make straight what he has made crooked? 14 In the […]

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Ecclesiastes 7:7-10 (ESV) 7 Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,     and a bribe corrupts the heart. 8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,     and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,     for anger lodges in the heart of fools. 10 Say not, “Why were the […]

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Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:6 (ESV) 6:10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he. 11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man? 12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of […]

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Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 (ESV) 5:8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to […]

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Words and Worship – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (ESV) 1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is […]

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Ecclesiastes 4 (ESV) 1 Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 2 And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living […]

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The God of Every Season – Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 (ESV) 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to […]

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The Quest for Joy – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 (ESV) 12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, […]

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Everything is Vapor – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (ESV) 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,     vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil     at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes,     but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down,     and hastens to […]

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