Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

Please choose a passage:

Ecclesiastes 12:1-5

Solomon challenges the young to remember God with a perspective that embraces both the brevity of life and the certainty of judgment.

Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

Life is short and our opportunity for wise stewardship (on earth) will not last forever.

Ecclesiastes 12:8

The Preacher concludes by reasserting the elusiveness of complete understanding.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-10

The Preacher has carefully crafted words of truth in order to share them with God’s people, to invite them into wisdom in the face of mystery.

Ecclesiastes 12:11-12

Mastering wisdom brings integrity to life. But Solomon warns of endless writings and how study can be a distraction from fruitful living.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Solomon ends with an admonition to trust and obey God because this is what makes the most sense for our lives.