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Ecclesiastes 3 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 meaning

Solomon's poem about the paradoxes of life shows God's timing and sovereignty in all things. It invites us into a perspective of balance and trust in the Lord of All.

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 meaning

Solomon reveals the foundation for the enjoyment of life: faith in God's goodness. When we treat the opportunities of life as a gift from God, we can enjoy all we do. Without faith, life is nothing but frustration. When we accept the mysteries of reality, we are free to trust God and enjoy life.

Ecclesiastes 3:14-17 meaning

Solomon declares the cycles of time and circumstance are God's sovereign handiwork. Since man cannot fully fathom the mysteries of God and because His judgment is coming, we ought to fear Him.

Ecclesiastes 3:18-22 meaning

Humans and beasts both return to dust. So how is it we are any better off than the animals? Our purpose and contentment come from accepting reality and trusting in God.