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Ecclesiastes 12 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 12:1-5 meaning

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 meaning

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

Ecclesiastes 12:8 meaning

The Preacher concludes by reasserting the elusiveness of complete understanding.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 meaning

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 meaning

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 meaning

Solomon ends with an admonition to trust and obey God because this is what makes the most sense for our lives. God will judge all things, both hidden and visible, and He will decide whether it is good or evil, not us.