Ecclesiastes 1-8 Questions and Answers

Ecclesiastes 1-8

Q and A on Ecclesiastes 1-8 Ecclesiastes 1-8 introduces the odd rather depressing book of Ecclesiastes. This book was written by King Solomon, the richest and wisest man that ever was. He had everything yet according to Ecclesiastes 2:10, he was miserable. This book is about an old man who has left God. Although he had everything yet this book is a depressing monologue looking back over his life of abundance and ending with a poetic metaphors of death in chapter 12.

Who is “The Preacher” in Ecclesiastes 1? King Solomon

What does he mean in Ecclesiastes 1:9?   “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Even in this age of great development, what is being done today has been in some way have been done before. For example we have the Internet…but in some way the concept of a world wide web was done before. Perhaps not in the same was as we have today but in some similar way. I don’t understand this but I know that ancient man was very intelligent.

What does it mean in Ecclesiastes 1:18  “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”? When you acquire knowledge, i.e. learn things, not all of it is good. It is good mingled with evil. The more you know the more “bad” knowledge you also have.

In Ecclesiastes 2 is Solomon writing this as a young man before he become king? He is talking about labor. I don’t think so. He knew enough about work either from personal experience and/or observing others that he could talk about it. Also being a king is work also.

In Ecclesiastes 2 is Solomon writing this as a young man before he become king? He is talking about labor. I don’t think so. He knew enough about work either from personal experience and/or observing others that he could talk about it. Also being a king is work also.

What does “travail” mean in Ecclesiastes 3:10? Travail- the occupation or business, men’s various employments, and the differing successes of them.

What does “preeminence” mean in Ecclesiastes 3:19? Preeminence – being superior. In the respect to death, man is not superior to animals.

They knew that there is an end to this world. Yes, he does and he too is looking forward to heaven and the new heaven and the new earth.

Does a fool eat himself in Ecclesiastes 4:5? This verse means that a foolish person is reduced to extreme poverty.

In Ecclesiastes 5, what you work for all of your life cannot take with you when you pass away. Yes, that is right.

In Ecclesiastes 6, is vanity the worst sin? Vanity is not a sin but a condition, a very bad condition.

In Ecclesiastes 7:1 It is better to have a good name because you don’t have a good name at birth. Yes, a person is born and no one knows what they will do as they grow up. At the end of a person’s life their accomplishments are known. It is a good thing to acquire a good reputation.

In Ecclesiastes 7:2 Is the house of feasting a bad thing? Not, necessarily but “the house of mourning” where you are serious, is better since in that situation you consider more somber and edifying reflections that will make you a better person.

Are they saying in Ecclesiastes 7:3 that laughter is bad? No, laughter is not bad, but sorrow is far more instructive.

Are they saying fools are bad people? Foolish people do not have wisdom therefore they are dumb.

What do they mean in Ecclesiastes 7:20 that not just man upon the earth that does good? No, Solomon is saying that no person is sinless.

Are they saying in Ecclesiastes 8 that God will not shorten their lives? No, sometimes God will shorten the lives of the wicked according to Ecclesiastes 8:13.

Is he saying in Ecclesiastes 8:2 that we are supposed to obey the laws of the land? Yes, you are right. This is just one of the verses that God tells us to obey local governments.

Finished with Ecclesiastes 1-8? Continue with Ecclesiastes 9-12.

Mary Jane

I'm Mary Jane, child of God, wife of Joe, mom to furry little ones, writer and author of The Faith Series devotionals. Trying every day to be better this day than I was yesterday in every part of my life. Thank you for visiting.

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