Ecclesiastes 2 Commentary

Please choose a passage:

Ecclesiastes 2:1-2

Solomon evaluates pleasure as a means to satisfy man’s compulsion for understanding, and finds that it is a dead end.

Ecclesiastes 2:3-9

Solomon pursues the heights of pleasure and the diverse ways a man might enjoy himself, all while holding on to wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

Solomon laments that his pursuit of pleasure and accomplishments do not result in lasting fulfillment.

Ecclesiastes 2:12-17

Solomon expresses his displeasure with how Time obscures the value of reason and experience. When it comes to relieving mankind’s compulsion to understand, wisdom is as vaporous as madness and folly.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-23

Solomon examines the destiny of his legacy and the intrinsic value of his hard work, and despairs because he will leave it all to those who will eventually squander it.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

Solomon turns from the frustration of failing to find meaning through reason and experience. He discovers meaning and purpose through a life of faith and thanksgiving to God.