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Ecclesiastes 8 Commentary

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Ecclesiastes 8:1-4 meaning

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

Ecclesiastes 8:5-8 meaning

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

Ecclesiastes 8:9-10 meaning

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

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 meaning

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 meaning

Although life is mysterious, Solomon has discovered by submitting to the God of Mystery, rather than trying to make sense of the world through human experience, he can enjoy and appreciate the best life has to offer.

Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 meaning

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.