Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

Please choose a passage:

Ecclesiastes 8:1-4

Since God is our ultimate authority, the wise man learns how to serve and submit to the authorities over him.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-8

Submission to authority helps guide us to a place of obedience. Accepting our limitations is the gateway to trusting God.

Ecclesiastes 8:9-10

The abuse of authority leads men astray. The destiny of wicked rulers is futility.

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13

Regardless of appearance, evil actions will eventually lead to an evil end. But it will be well for those who fear God.

Ecclesiastes 8:14-15

Submission to God, rather than trying to make sense of the world through human experience, allows Solomon to enjoy and appreciate the best life has to offer.

Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

Solomon reinforces the truth that full understanding is beyond human grasp. We can see and enjoy the work of God, but we cannot fully comprehend it.