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Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 meaning

When we approach God, we ought to do so with a pure desire to listen and obey rather than seeking ways to get God to do our bidding. Listening takes effort, but it is the path to wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 meaning

Solomon continues his advice on how we ought to behave in our interactions with God, warning us against the dangers of improper oaths and suggesting a powerful alternative: keep your promises.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 meaning

Returning to the ills of injustice, Solomon explains that part of the reason for injustice is bureaucracy.

Ecclesiastes 5:9-12 meaning

A love of money and dependence on wealth robs the rich of contentment. But work leads to contentment.

Ecclesiastes 5:13-17 meaning

The self-destruction that stems from hoarding is lamented. Hoarders refuse to face the reality of death. This evil harms not only the hoarder, but also succeeding generations.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 meaning

Life is not meaningless or joyless. Joy is something we can choose. God has given us an allotment to steward.