The Conclusion of the Whole Matter…

And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.  The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and …

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What Profit…? and the Conclusion

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. "Vanity of vanities,' saith the Preacher, 'vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?  One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun …

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Every Work will be Judged

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  (KJB) REFERENCES: Ecclesiastes 11; 12; Psalm 96:12-13; 145:19; 1 …

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Day Fifty One – The Preacher and Love

Life is complex. Our reading for today is Ecclesiastes 5 through the Song of Solomon 6. If you have read Ecclesiastes, and think you have the problem of life solved, then let me say this as kindly as possible –  That is the thought of a fool. Solomon, the wisest of men who ever walked …

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Embracing Aging

I believe what many of the scholars of Scripture have taught over the years, about the time Solomon would have written this book of wisdom - Ecclesiastes -  that it was written in the latter years of his life.  The following verses are the reason for their conclusion and mine... "Remember now thy Creator in …

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The World, and Eternity

In today's reading Ecclesiastes  1 - 3 I chose the following verses.  Up front, I would say this book is one that troubles me more than the others.  It troubles me trying to figure out the mind of the writer - Solomon - yet I do see things too.  Maybe it is because of my …

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In the Day of Adversity Consider

Days of prosperity often cause us to be joyful.  Prosperity is not always dealing with gold, silver, precious jewels, fine homes, and fine cars.  Prosperity can just as well mean, a place to live, protected from the elements; food on the table, clothes on your back, and a wonderful family who loves you; and realizing …

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