Ecclesiastes 1 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 1:1

Solomon describes himself using three titles that uniquely qualify him to tackle the questions found in Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 1:2

Solomon uses an enigmatic metaphor to introduce the intention of the book: attempting to reconcile man’s search for meaning with the practical limitations around him.

Ecclesiastes 1:3-7

Solomon describes God’s creation as productive, reliable, and cyclical. He contrasts this with the limited and confused life of a man, questioning the value of man’s effort when patterns are destined to repeat themselves.

Ecclesiastes 1:8-11

Solomon asserts that it is futile to determine our purpose in life from observation or reason. He looks into how events in Time are cyclical and therefore are insufficient avenues for completing his search for meaning.

Ecclesiastes 1:12-15

God created mankind with a longing to study, explore, and see—but even an exhaustive search by a capable person ends with futility if we only rely upon reason and experience.

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

Solomon discovers that more wisdom means a greater awareness of the futility of seeking knowledge.